Pennsylvania and New York

We’ve spent a lot of time exploring the Pacific Northwest – from the Olympic National Forest to the Oregon Coast – and have been wanting to do the same for New England, but timing has so far been a challenge.  When Brendan’s friend, Cary, announced he was getting married in Pittsburgh at the end of…

Milan, Italy

Our one year anniversary was spent apart – Brendan was in Europe for work and I was gearing up for a girls’ trip to Italy and England.  We were debating when to celebrate and an idea entered our brains.  Why not meet up for a weekend in Milan before my girlfriends arrived? So we did!…

Camping – Mt. Hood, Oregon

Camping is not really my thing.  I like it, and when I go I have a great time, but I’m rarely the person suggesting it as a weekend activity.  But this summer the lure of sleeping on the ground and coffee in the early morning mist was too great even for me to ignore.  Brendan,…

Reykjavik & Copenhagen

When one of your best friends decides to get married in Copenhagen over the 4th of July weekend, you take advantage of the excuse and embrace any and all layovers in beautiful Reykjavik and your short time in Denmark. We didn’t realize we booked a 16 hour layover when we purchased the inexpensive tickets on…

Istanbul, Turkey

If you’re like me, Istanbul is probably one of those places you occasionally heard about in social studies classes, but not as a city benefited by a focused study (such as Rome or Paris), or even one presented as importantly tied to the West’s overall historical narrative.  As a result, it was never at the…

Mt. Baker & Mt. Shuksan, Washington

Some weekends just beg for road trips.  We are road-trippers to the core, so as the (rare) snow storm let up in Portland, we piled our snowshoes and puff jackets in the car and headed north to the Mt. Baker area of the Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State for a weekend of outdoor fun….

The Honeymoon; Italy & Malta

When you think of a perfect honeymoon location, what’s usually the top pick?  Italy!  And for very good reasons – the food, the scenery, the wine, the coffee, the rolling hills, the history…  You get the idea.  I haven’t been for years, and this would be Brendan’s first trip to pasta country, so we decided…