Camp Long: The Hidden Gem Next Door

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How well do you know your neighborhood?

Although I’ve lived at the same address for more than two years, I’ve only just discovered a secret Seattle retreat close to home.

After months away from the trail due to injury and illness, I’d been searching for a place where I could spend some time relaxing in the outdoors on a really easy trail to begin the process of rebuilding my strength and endurance. Camp Long was just the ticket. Continue reading

A Brief Walk at West Point Lighthouse

West Point Lighthouse, Discovery Park, Seattle

This weekend marked the end of one of the most stressful weeks I’ve had so far, both on a professional and personal level. All I want to do for the next week is curl up with a couple of good books, some knitting, and lots of desserts. Since that’s not really an option, I went in for the next best thing: a lazy hour spent walking and shooting (photos, not ammo) at West Point Lighthouse in Seattle’s Discovery Park.

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A Hobby a Year: Photography

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I’m rarely bored or at a loss for something to do. Between my many interests–card making, scrapbooking, embroidery, knitting, crochet, drawing, etc.–there’s pretty much always something I can do to keep myself occupied. However, when you have as many hobbies as I do, you run the risk of finding yourself in quantity over quality territory.[…]I decided that in order to truly enjoy my interests, I needed to devote myself to each hobby in some small way , even if only for a year at a time, and so A Hobby A Year was born.

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Green is Good: Winter Hiking Olympic National Park

One of the most glorious things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the ample opportunity for winter hiking. The climate here from December through March can be chilly, but most days are balmy and downright tolerable if you dress for it. Over the weekend, I had the sheer pleasure of heading west to Olympic National Park on a photo hike under the auspices of The Mountaineers. Continue reading