Hiking and Hot Springs in Olympic National Park

Now looking back to blog about it, it seems like we were out in Washington for waaaay longer than we actually were.  From family time at my cousin’s wedding to camping in the beautiful Mount Rainier National Park, maybe I was a little too much from the kids to do a couple more days with me in Olympic National Park. I mean, I really wanted to take advantage of being out there with so many beautiful parks, but I could already tell it was starting to wear on the kids.  (Which in turn, starts wearing down all the adults too, so I guess the joke is on me). From Mount Rainier, we packed back into the car and drove about 4 hours to another gorgeous park in Washington.  Olympic is actually pretty special when it comes to the National Parks as it has a very diverse ecology.  From coastline to […]

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Disconnecting the Kiddos and Getting Back to Nature

After a whirlwind couple days of lots of family time for my cousin Sheena’s wedding, we were so excited to disconnect for a bit and enjoy some of National Parks in this beautiful state.  Washington has about 15 National Parks to enjoy; from biodiverse parks to Native American significance, to even a historic atom bomb park. TIP! For those who have so many options available to them, I would highly recommend purchasing a National Parks Annual Pass.  The pass itself costs $80, and this gives you unlimited park access (which some parks can charge up to $30 for this), one car entering (this can be anything up to $20 per vehicle), covers 4 people (for those parks that charge per person), and can even discount camping costs at some parks. Some parks are free, so I would consider where you are and where you plan to go before purchasing.  We […]

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Pad Thai for Two (Part 3) Why Chiang Mai was My Favorite Part of the Trip

After a long night out in Bangkok, we boarded a flight to check out the northern city of Chiang Mai.  My friend, Rachelle, and I were out in Bangkok celebrating her birthday and had taken a two week trip to explore Thailand, and we were officially of to our next destination.  Bangkok was so much fun, we were excited to see what this next location had in store for us. I did some research prior to leaving California, and this was the city I was most excited for.  We were coming there just in time for Songkran, the Thai new year celebration.  The holiday is a celebration of the change in seasons and the city basically ends up in an all out water fight for three days (which was actually longer than 3 days, as we found out).  We also didn’t realize until Bangkok, that a lot of people actually […]

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Pad Thai For 2 (Part 2) Now THAT was a Birthday Celebration!

Celebrating a birthday in a different country is already an incredible thing, but everything about this birthday celebration made me want to adopt her birthday as my own.  My own 30th was a couple years back, my (now) husband put together a great time on a party bus around the bay, and I loved it.  Most of us want to celebrate certain birthday milestones in a big way.  30 is a good time to do it big. After another riverside outdoor breakfast of fresh fruits, soup, rice and curry, noodles, and more, we met up with Mr. K (our cab-driving friend from yesterday) to spend the birthday on a never-ending adventure.  Mr. K ready, with a noticeably fresh and clean cab to take us all over.  Without further ado, we jumped into the new floor mats and took off for an hour trip outside of Bangkok. Photo of the warning stickers […]

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Pad Thai For 2 (Part 1) Why Bangkok was an Unexpected Pleasure

Getting onto the flight in San Francisco, my friend Rachelle and I were giddy with excitement.  It was late and we were ready for a much needed 14 hour nap on the way to our transfer in Hong Kong.  We had planned a 2 week adventure all around Thailand for a couple reasons; we wanted to celebrate Rachelle’s birthday in a big way and doing something new, we wanted to experience the Thai celebration of Songkran (which is like a new year’s celebration for the change of seasons), and finally we both in need of a break in our lives to really enjoy some time to ourselves.  Never forget that last part, self care is so important. We had plans to do some things with each other, planned some must-do activities, and decided that we are free to split up at any point to adventure on our own.  Realistically, we […]

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