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The French Alps–Part 2, Chamonix

The French Alps–Part 2, Chamonix

Leaving early from Annecy paid off and we arrived in Chamonix under partly cloudy skies. We weren’t able to check into our room yet so we dropped of our bags with the receptionist at Hotel Le Faucigny. From there, we headed straight to the Aiguille Du Midi gondola station. We bought the tickets (expensive, but … Continue reading

Tahoe: An Un-Wintery Weekend

Tahoe: An Un-Wintery Weekend

For Shaun’s 26th birthday, I bought my first Living Social deal: a weekend getaway in South Lake Tahoe.  I had never been to Tahoe and figured that we could enjoy a nice weekend in a winter wonderland at some point in November or December.  Well, November & December came and went – with no snow in the mountains. After not taking any time … Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend 2011: Tacoma, WA

Labor Day Weekend 2011: Tacoma, WA

Since Labor Day is a holiday for workers, Shaun & I took advantage of it.  We took a few vacation days to give ourselves a 5-day weekend from work.  We flew up to Washington via SeaTac Airport and spent a nice, long, enjoyable and relaxing weekend in my hometown of Tacoma. Our flight was at 6:30am on … Continue reading

Where did July go?

Where did July go?

Sheesh.  July is over.  And our sad little blog has sat unattended for a month.  I have some decent excuses: 2 summer online classes, projects at work becoming more intense (plus my annual performance review), baby sister visiting for 2 weeks, still getting settled into our house, plus the normal chores of cooking, cleaning, pet care, and down … Continue reading

2011-06-25 Pinecrest & Catfish Lakes Day Hike

2011-06-25 Pinecrest & Catfish Lakes Day Hike

Location: Pinecrest Lake and Catfish Lake in Pinecrest, CA off Highway 108 in Stanislaus National Forest. Dates Hiked:  June 25, 2011 Trails Hiked:  Pinecrest Lake National Recreational Trail loop and Catfish Lake trail. Total Distance: Roundtrip was about 6 miles. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Conditions: Sunny, in the 70-80s. Other Rules/Info: Dogs are not allowed in the day use area!  But they are allowed … Continue reading

March 2010: Yosemite Day Trip

March 2010: Yosemite Day Trip

Words cannot describe the beauty of Yosemite National Park.  I spent nearly 3 years living in central California and never once traveled the short distance (less than 100 miles) to one of the most well known parks in the United States.  If you have the opportunity to go, GO! Shaun took me to my first Yosemite … Continue reading

2010-06-24: Roadtrip, Chicago to SoCal

2010-06-24: Roadtrip, Chicago to SoCal

I met Chelsea during my sophomore year of high school on our girl’s varsity soccer team.  After graduating, we both went on our separate ways to college and after that on to our careers, meeting up a few times in between.  In the Spring of 2010, she invited me to join her on a roadtrip from Chicago to Southern California … Continue reading