North America

Where we live

Snowshoeing near Leavenworth

For my birthday this year Kim and I spent a three-day weekend in the mountain town of Leavenworth. A two-hour drive away, the small town is a popular destination year round…

Maui by sea

We didn’t spend all our vacation time on land. We also ventured out onto beaches and on a cruise.

Maui by land

We finally made it out to the 50th state. Kim had actually visited once before when she was 11, but this was my first trip to the Islands of Aloha….

Crystal mountain

Kim’s mother came up to Seattle in August for her annual visit. She loves our nearby mountains, so for this year’s trip we decided to visit the Crystal Mountain ski…

Orcas Island getaway

For the Memorial Day holiday we rode the ferry out to Orcas Island to visit the cabin of our friends Justin and Hanna. Located on the eastern half of the…

Around the lakes

Kim’s sister Beth and her husband Dave drove down from Lake Stevens with boat in tow and took us out for a trip around Lake Washington and Lake Union. It…

4th of July

For the 4th of July weekend Kim and I joined a group of friends at Lake McMurray for a short camping trip and a fireworks show. The weather held most of…

Ashland Lakes

Continuing on with my efforts to break in the new camera, we recently drove out along the Mountain Loop highway northeast of the city to do the Ashland Lakes trail….

New camera!

Recently I retired my trusty Nikon D70 that I’ve owned for over eleven years and has traveled with me around the globe. As much as I loved that camera, it…

The long trip

While we were booking the first steps of this adventure, it took us some time to come up with a way to get from South America to New Zealand. While you can buy plane tickets that fly direct from Chile to New Zealand, they aren’t cheap.