Saturday, January 4, 2014

Stranded, in a Mustang, in a Blizzard

Leaving Forks, I headed south along Route 101 toward the Hoh Rainforest. The turn-off to the visitor's center led me up 15 miles of winding road. It would have been slow-going in good conditions. With snow still piled up on either side of the road, it was a 40 minute crawl. The trees, usually emerald with moss, were iced with a thick layer of white.



Friday, January 3, 2014

How to Invoke a Sparkly Vampire Curse

Geek.

I do fandom hardcore. From 2000 to 2007, I spent several hours daily reading, writing, and drawing things related to Harry Potter.  As sad as it may sound, it was a really amazing time in my life. I made so many great friends, friendships that have lasted beyond the end of the series. And to make it even better, the books generally went the way my friends and I had hoped.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tea at the Empress, Victoria


The second day of my road trip around the Olympic Peninsula was by far the most successful.
It was also the day I didn't drive, aside from the brief trip from my hotel to the ferry dock and back. Was there a correlation? Most definitely. But we'll get to that a bit later.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's in Seattle


I've never done New Year's Resolutions. I make (and break) resolutions all the time without a calendar coming into the equation. If, however, I was the sort of person to make a list of resolutions for the new year, keeping my various blogs updated might be one of them.

Though I've done plenty of touristy stuff whilst ping-ponging between D.C. and New York over the past couple of months, I find myself wanting to write about some of my previous, more substantial adventures. While I was at home and taking a break from baking epic Christmas cookies, looking at my parents' albums of their summer trip to the Pacific Northwest made me realize it's been five years since my own trip to Seattle. With the benefit of hindsight, I can see how important that trip was for me - the first trip I'd really planned and financed on my own, the first time I'd rented a car, the first time I'd spent several days traveling solo, and my first journey of 2009, a year that taught me a lot about travel.