North America

How I Surprised My Dad with the Greatest Christmas Present Ever

Dad and I at Mt. Hood (Christmas Present)

I have an amazing story that I never wrote about. It’s now very applicable with what happened this week. Last year, I sent my dad the best Christmas present ever, which catalyzed the amazing events which have occurred recently. In Autumn last year, I had been bouncing around SE Asia for a couple months. Aside from being the perfect place to live …

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Why is America so Confusing

America

America is completely incomprehensible, and even by “Americans.” I’m not talking about politics or GMOs or terrorist attacks. I’m talking about America! What spurred me to write this blog post was a traveler in Bangkok who got upset when I called myself an American. Not because I was from the USA, but because it was politically incorrect to say American …

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My Amazing Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway

Selfie on PCH

Last week I left Seattle after an amazing five weeks, drove to Portland, and then continued out to the coast where I drove all the way down to southern California on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), and then back up to Oakland! Altogether, it was over 1500 miles of driving in one week. This is just one of those great stories about my travels, …

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Exploring the West Hylebos Wetlands in Federal Way

West Hylebos Wetlands

West Hylebos Wetlands is located in Federal Way, 20 miles south of Seattle, Washington. It’s not the biggest park in the area, but the 120 acres make large enough to enjoy for a couple hours. Currently it’s only two blocks away from where I’m staying, so I’ve visited more than once in the past couple weeks. The park, open from …

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Why Orcas Island the Most Beautiful Place in the USA

Selfie at Mt Constitution Lookout

For my first trip of my second year of travel, my host Kristin and I drove up to Whidbey Island to visit her brother Tyler and sister-in-law Jocelyn. The whole weekend was a blast, but the highlight was our day trip to Orcas Island. For many years when I was little, my mom and I made an annual trip to Orcas Island. …

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