Top 5 Northwest Weekend Road Trips

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Taking in the views at Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island.

There’s nothing more I love than a good weekend road trip with my husband H. Busting out our old high school CD case and singing along to all the classic jams. (The original NOW! That’s What I Call Music CD is my personal favorite.) Sitting in the passenger seat and not being able to move my legs because they are covered by an overabundance of water bottles and snacks that would last anyone weeks. (You can never be over prepared.) It’s the journey, not the destination people!

But I digress. We are lucky to live in Seattle where there are so many unique and beautiful places to visit that are within a short driving distance. Now that the countdown clock is ticking towards our move date to Ohio, I am hurrying to book trips to some of our favorite places. Here’s a list of our top five favorite Northwest weekend road trips:

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Don’t Wear Rain Boots in Seattle and Other Rain Etiquette Tips

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Rain boots and Seattle seem like a natural pair, right? Seattleites think less so. (Pardon the dust on my rain boots, it has been awhile!)

When I moved to Seattle in 2013, one of my first purchases was a pair of coveted Hunter rain boots. Living in San Francisco prior to our move, I always admired the chic women who wore the rain boots on their wet commutes to work. I could never justify buying them in California since our rainy days were rare, but I figured living in Seattle was the perfect excuse!

My first job in Seattle was at a major technology company where the dress code was very casual (think engineers in sweatpants and Crocs). I remember one rainy fall day I decided to wear my new Hunter rain boots to work. To my credit, I did have a wet commute walking down a hill to my bus stop, riding a damp bus, and traversing through puddles downtown to my office. However, I was less observant to what my fellow Seattleites deemed appropriate rain footwear, especially in the office.

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A Weekend in Whistler and Learning to Ski

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Riding the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. It holds two world records for the longest free span between ropeway towers (1.88 miles) and highest point above ground (1430 feet). Luckily we did not plummet to the ground as I originally feared!

With our countdown to our Ohio move getting closer, my husband H and I are trying to visit as many Pacific Northwest destinations as possible. Our list includes old favorites as well as new places we’ve been eyeing to go. Last weekend we finally made the pilgrimage to one of the top ski destinations in the world – Whistler, BC.

This trip was a milestone for me because up until a few years ago I did not know how to ski. When we moved to Seattle in 2013, I decided it was finally time to learn. Seattle is famous for our dreary winters and what makes them slightly more bearable is escaping the rain to ski on the mountains. Because when it’s raining in the city, it’s snowing in the Cascades. It’s the silver lining that us Seattleites use to cheer up our sun-deprived selves!

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The Decision

View from our Seattle apartment. Will miss this reading nook!

December 30th, 2016. The day my husband and I made the decision to accept a dream job opportunity in Dayton, Ohio. It is 2,336 miles from our current home in Seattle, Washington. It is also 2,392 miles from the suburbs of San Francisco, where I grew up as a born-and-bred California gal. Between Seattle and San Francisco, as well as four years spent in sunny San Luis Obispo, California for college, I have been lucky to live in some of the most beautiful cities on the West Coast.

So why the heck are we doing moving to Dayton, Ohio?! 

And is that where the big car race is?! (Folks, the Daytona 500 actually takes place in Daytona Beach, Florida. But I understand the confusion!)

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