Hikes, travels, and adventures big and small

Explorers are we, intrepid and bold,
Out in the wild, amongst wonders untold.
Equipped with our wits, a map, and a snack,
We’re searching for fun and we’re on the right track!
- Bill Watterson, The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
It may have been a little much to cram in a bullet It may have been a little much to cram in a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, a sort of intense journey to our new lodgings, and a 2 mile walk to the base of this temple.... Followed by a hike through these gates that was much longer and steeper than I'd realized. Whoops!  Fortunately we didn't run across any of the wild boars featured on warning signs all up and down these paths πŸ™ƒπŸ˜³β›©οΈ #whoops #unexpectedadventures #whataday
We've really been feeling the end of summer these We've really been feeling the end of summer these last few days. Days are getting visibly shorter, and it's been increasingly overcast and rainy. I wish I felt more poetic about it, but guys I'm noooot reaaadyyyy β˜€οΈβ›±οΈπŸŒ»πŸ’› #summerforever #dontleavemesun  #sunnydreams
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You do you 😎 #rockon #idigit You do you 😎

#rockon #idigit
I really just love summer πŸ’›β˜€οΈβ›±οΈ The Pac I really just love summer πŸ’›β˜€οΈβ›±οΈ The Pacific Northwest might not offer everyone's favorite sort of beach day, but bundling up in a sweater while sinking my feet into some warm sand, and watching kite surfers zip across the chilly waves, is a pretty great summer day in my book πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ #pnwisbest #loveoregon #beachday
Moments like this remind me that I'm not totally r Moments like this remind me that I'm not totally ridiculous to be so wary of the ocean, no matter how small waves might look sometimes. Even the little ones can really pack a punch 🌊πŸ’ͺπŸ₯Š #tidepoolsarecool #pnwlife #beachday
Just hanging out at picnic tables behind a brewery Just hanging out at picnic tables behind a brewery, soaking in the view. Contemplating a move just so this could be my view every day πŸ˜‰ 😍 πŸ’›

#pnwlife #mthoodmagic #brewandview
We happened to wander onto Kyoto's Imperial Palace We happened to wander onto Kyoto's Imperial Palace grounds moments before the place itself was closed, but even still there was plenty of other wandering to be had πŸ˜ƒπŸ― We never seemed to run out of new things to see anywhere we went -- Even in the unseasonally sticky heat, it felt totally clear that walking was the single best way to explore this city πŸ‘Ÿ

#kyotoorbust #getoutthere #stayandwander
Living in a mild climate near mountains is amazing Living in a mild climate near mountains is amazing on lots of ways, but being able to mostly choose when snow is in your life is possibly one of the best πŸ˜β˜ƒοΈπŸŒ¨οΈ #winterwonderland #iheartoregon #snowday
A little chunk of Germany... in Oregon πŸ₯¨πŸ» Co A little chunk of Germany... in Oregon πŸ₯¨πŸ» Complete with glockenspiel, beer halls, brass bands, and, you guessed it, weiner dog races! πŸ˜†πŸ™ƒπŸΆ #iloveoregon #oktoberfest #ohheyfall
As our #armchairadventures continue, we find ourse As our #armchairadventures continue, we find ourselves near the top of Mt Baxter in Maine. The skies look super ominous and you try to call out a warning, but alas... this was 7 years ago and me-of-the-past can't hear you πŸ˜¬βš‘β›ˆοΈβ €
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#spolieralert we did not get struck by lightning, but some of my youthful sense of immortality definitely got solidly zapped in our thunderous scramble back below treeline.β €
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#whoops #somuchadrenaline #atadventuresβ €