Victoria, BC

Sat, September 22 I really had no business taking a 9-day vacation while I'm in the middle of a huge remodel of my new duplex, but I got a request from a homeexchange member for me to give them a virtual "balloon" and stay at their place in Victoria. The "balloons" are a part of... Continue Reading →

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Kayaking the Palouse River

I recently created a meetup group, so I'd meet some adventurous people who like getting outside and doing things. My first scheduled trip was to kayak the Palouse River, something I'd never done before. There is a very small window of time that this river can be kayaked. I know people who have done it... Continue Reading →

Ajijic and Lake Chapala

Fri, March 9 Having just sold my house and guesthouse in January, this was a celebratory trip. I wanted to go somewhere very far away, be disconnected since I didn't need to be reachable by guests or for bookings anymore, I wanted to use my Delta miles, and I was hoping to get a home... Continue Reading →

Olympic National Park

I've lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years now, and finally went to the Olympics. For the first half of our week-long vacation, my sister and I first stayed at Kalaloch Campground on the coast then moved to Sol Duc for the second half. I spent additional nights at Denny Creek Campground just west... Continue Reading →

San Diego

Trying that different format again... FRIDAY TO SATURDAY: Left at 7 pm on Friday, slept in Sacramento airport, arrived in San Diego at 7 am on Saturday. Took uber to airbnb apt on Bankers Hill, dropped off bags and met my airbnb host, Billy, then set out to explore. Walked downtown, found library, where I joined... Continue Reading →

Leavenworth…Washington’s Bavaria

Leavenworth is way cooler than I imagined it would be. I was expecting it to be a little cheesy I guess. The Bavarian theme of the town is done very tastefully, in my opinion, and the area surrounding Leavenworth is beautiful. Unfortunately the trails are pretty crowded, but that's to be expected when you're so... Continue Reading →

Philadelphia Like a Local

This was son's first trip back east. I lived in Philly for a year back in the late 80's after going to school at Penn State and this was my first time back. I was originally just coming for a 3-day class for work, but when I learned that Jack wanted to go, I extended... Continue Reading →

Sayulita!

Total Trip: 12 days DAY 1 I'd recently read about the town of Sayulita in a book called Gringos in Paradise, and it sounded pretty cool. I'm not a resort-type of person, so the fishing and surfing village of 4,000 residents made up of a mixture of Mexicans and Gringos sounded like a much better... Continue Reading →

4th of July on Priest Lake

I'd reserved site 147 in Lionhead campground for 4th of July weekend 9 months earlier. I'd heard that Priest Lake has a nice fireworks show for the 4th, so I wanted to check it out. Lionhead Unit Campground is the northernmost part of Priest Lake State Park. The east side of the lake is where... Continue Reading →

Baseball in Libby, Montana

I love traveling to away tournaments for my son's baseball games, especially when they're held in exceptionally beautiful country. The trip started with a non-tournament baseball game in Bonners Ferry, then on to Libby, Montana, for the Big Bucks Tournament. On Wednesday at noon, I dropped my son off at the team bus. He headed... Continue Reading →

Columbia Gorge Camping

This was a quick trip as the main goal was for David to run the White Salmon Half Marathon. David and I took off work on Friday and drove west to the Columbia Gorge. Seeing as how it was so close to Portland and a Friday night, we were concerned that we might not get... Continue Reading →

February in Vernon

We left for Canada Saturday morning. So excited to get out of the country. And we were going to an area of BC that we didn't know very well. Why, any of you who know Vernon, might ask? Because there was the cutest little place on airbnb that I wanted to stay at. Plus, there... Continue Reading →

Fall Camping at Round Lake

I typically don't camp this late in the year, because I don't like the cold. But I do have the Chalet travel trailer with a propane heater after all. And I had brought plenty of books and blankets, so really there was much potential for a great weekend. The forecast had even called for rain,... Continue Reading →

Garfield Bay Kayaking

We stayed at Garfield Bay Campground and I forgot to take photos of our campspot. I didn't realize I'd be writing this blog back when I took this trip. So I only have a few photos to share. Garfield Bay on Lake  Pend Oreille is a great place to go if you want some quiet.... Continue Reading →

Lower Priest Lake Kayaking

We usually stay at Luby Bay Campground when we go to Lower Priest. There's a walking path that takes you to Hills Resort from the campground, and the beach there is great. Its a nice paddle to the islands. It's not so quick to get up to Upper Priest from Luby. To do that, you'd... Continue Reading →

4th of July at Hells Gate State Park

Fourth of July in north Idaho can be unpredictable weather-wise, so back in January, we made our reservations at Hells Gate knowing we were more likely to have warm, dry weather down there. The fireworks were to be set off over the Snake River. We'd all brought our bicycles, so we could bike over on a... Continue Reading →

Kauai

Total Trip: 12 days / Days on Kauai: 9 DAYS 3 & 4 We arrived on Kauai in the dark, and being the same day we woke up early to catch an hour-long shuttle to Kualoa Ranch, ran 13.1 miles while nearly throwing up, shuttling back to Waikiki, then hanging out at our guesthouse pool... Continue Reading →

Oahu

Total Trip: 12 days / Days on Oahu: 3 The day was finally here. We were finally going to Hawaii. It had been #1 on my bucket list for 3 years, and I was finally going. Our flights were uneventful and long, but it didn't matter, because we were on our way to Hawaii!! We arrived... Continue Reading →

Spokane River Kayaking

I don't remember the put in or take out for this trip. What I do remember is flipping my kayak when I was trying to get back into it after cooling off with a swim and losing everything including my prescription glasses.

Upper Priest Lake Kayak Camping

Duration: 3 nights This was to be our first overnight kayak trip, and I was very excited! We stayed the night in the Lionhead Unit campground in the Chalet and then moved it to the overnight parking near the boat launch for the time that we would be on Upper Priest. Kayaking to the entrance... Continue Reading →

Priest Lake & Ironman Training

Duration: 1 night This was a rather spontaneous trip as it was dependent on Jack's baseball team finishing their tournament on Friday instead of Saturday, and if we got David's tree cut down by Saturday morning. We chose to camp up here for just the night, because there was a bike on sale on Craigslist... Continue Reading →

Dworshak Reservoir

Duration: 3 days We camped here on Memorial Day weekend because it's warmer here than at home. It was a very family-friendly campground. Jack ran into a teammate from his baseball team, and there were a bunch of kids biking and throwing the ball around at the campground. There was a volunteer with a huge... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving in Dundee, Oregon

Duration: 4 nights (This is being written by Jack, Sharon's 13-year old son) My mom picked me up from school the day before Thanksgiving, and we immediately got on the road and headed for Oregon. We stopped in Tri-Cities and met David and he parked his car in the airport there. From there we all rode... Continue Reading →

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