Autumn in the Pacific Northwest

Chihuly Garden and Glass – Seattle, Washington – October 2022

I’m back in Minnesota after an amazing three months in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been great to see family and friends again, but I’ve been doing a lot of reminiscing about my trip—including random observations. For example: believe it or not, grocery prices in Minnesota are higher than in any of the places I’ve been—even Seattle.

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Whidbey Island

Penn Cove on Whidbey Island – Coupeville, Washington – October 2022

I took my car on a few boat rides this month! For two Sundays in a row, I boarded the Washington State Ferry to Whidbey Island. The island’s tourism tagline, “The Shortest Distance to Far Way,” is completely accurate. Both daylong trips on the island were magical. Washington has the largest ferry system in the

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington – October 2022

My national park tour continues! Last weekend I drove to Mount Rainier National Park, about two hours from Seattle. The glacier-capped volcano is the center of the nation’s 5th oldest national park. It’s a hiker’s dream, and I was thrilled to spend a day among the jaw-dropping scenery.

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October in Seattle

Seattle skyline from Kerry Park – Seattle, Washington – October 2022

A week ago, I arrived in Seattle! I’m spending October living and working from a lovely apartment about 10 miles north of downtown, only a few blocks from Lake Washington. I’m adjusting to life in the fast lane—literally—compared to the laid-back atmosphere of Bend, Oregon. Traffic is nuts and the drivers are aggressive maniacs. But with my history of borderline road rage, I’m fitting right in. Seattle has so many iconic views and sites, and I’m enjoying being a tourist for a few hours each day.

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I ❤️ Bend

“The Bend Wall” at Newport Avenue Market – Bend, Oregon – September 2022

Today is my last full day in Oregon, and this post is all about the magical city of Bend. In fact, it’s official: Bend stole my heart. This month has been perfect. If I could, I would like to put September 2022 on repeat for a while.

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park – Oregon – September 2022

I spent most of Sunday absolutely speechless, soaking in the breathtaking views at Crater Lake National Park. It was the final bucket list item for my month in Oregon. A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with a local while on a river hike, and he said Crater Lake is so blue it will make your eyes hurt. An accurate statement, but in a good way. And if it’s not obvious, I’m having the time of my life on this travel adventure.

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Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Bluebonnets
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