Costa Rica — January 2016

My husband has wanted to go to Costa Rica for literally years, and his 40th birthday seemed like a great reason to finally make it happen. It certainly lived up to our expectations and beyond. Its natural beauty is enhanced by the Costa Rican’s commitment to keeping it that way. It was practically pristine, with virtually no litter or pollution, and clean drinking water. There are places in the U.S. where recycling is difficult, but all of our hotels had trash and separate recycling, and some even had separate bins in the rooms for biologics for composting.


The Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo.

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Cabo — January 2014

It was high time we visited Mexico after living on the West Coast for four years. This was just a long weekend trip, but it was convenient, relaxing, and fun.


The view from under our umbrella.

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Hong Kong — December 2013

Hong Kong was my first big international trip. I went when I was 15 and I was just dazzled by the big, bustling city. I’ve been dying to go back ever since. I finally made my return trip, and it was even better than I remembered. It’s my pick for greatest city in the world.


Statue of Bruce Lee in Tsim Sha Tsui

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Napa — October 2013

This trip to Napa was for a very lovely occasion — two good friends getting married. Due to the wedding activities we didn’t have a ton of time for tastings or activities, but we got some good stuff in. And I’ll never complain about an excuse to go to Napa during crush! Even though harvest had mostly occurred in September this year, you could still smell the grapes in the air first thing in the morning.


The French Laundry garden

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Vancouver — July 2013

My awesome husband took me to Vancouver for my birthday. The only time I had been before was for the Olympics and a quick bachelorette party weekend, so this was a chance to actually explore the city in its (and my) normal state!


View from Stanley Park

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Seattle tours

Although I live in Seattle and I know it’s a very popular tourist destination, I didn’t want to make a giant general Seattle post that would need constant updating. However, I’ve taken lots of tours with visitors or just for fun. Some of the tours, including some very popular ones, just weren’t worth it. Others that probably aren’t so popular were incredible. So tours in Seattle are my focus, although there’s some other random information in here, too, and lots of pictures!


View from Gas Works Park

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New Zealand (Auckland, Queenstown) — March 2013

We went to New Zealand (and Australia) for our honeymoon, and a few years ago we decided we’d return to NZ for our 10 year anniversary. The main goal was to hike the Milford Track, but we also spent the first couple of days of the trip in Auckland and time before and after the hike in Queenstown. This entry just covers the towns, and you can read about the Milford Track in this post.


Auckland

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