Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!  I hope you are all celebrating with your nearest and dearest, and pardoning those turkeys – I personally fill my plate with all of the delicious sides!

I have SO much to be thankful for this year (I’ll write a 2017 “Year in Review” post next month with deets), but in the interest of short(ish) and sweet, here are the big nuggets of thanks:

I’m thankful for my health, and the health of my friends, family, and 11-year-old fuzzball.

I’m thankful for happiness – because life has been so fucking good to me lately.

I’m thankful for the ability to go on random adventures, whether they are 6 hours, 6 days, or 6 weeks – and the lasting memories and stronger bonds that they create (and my pictures, of course).

I’m thankful for the little things that 6 weeks of camping/road-tripping makes you appreciate (I’ll never, ever take flushing toilets, central air, and untimed showers for granted ever again!).

I’m thankful that I found my dream job.  You spend 40+ hours a week making a living… might as well enjoy it, amirite?

I’m thankful for yoga pants.  #BestInventionEver

I’m thankful for my guy. ♥ But I won’t gross you out with copious mush the day before your big meal. You’re welcome.

And last, but not least, I’m thankful for you – because you read my blog and support me, my photography, and my experiences.  I have amazing people in my life – and that is the gift that keeps on giving.

So, enough about me…  What are you thankful for this year?

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Happy Thanksgiving!!! Love and hugs, Moni & Remy

 

 

 

 

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The coolest thing about Olympic NP is that it has 3 distinct ecosystems: a rainforest, the Pacific shore, and alpine forests/meadows.  We only had 2 nights here, which sucked.  I mean, it didn’t suck – it was amazing, but it wasn’t nearly enough time to see all the awesomeness Olympic has to offer. I loved it so much, I made the executive decision to blow off plans to go to Mt. Rainier to squeeze more time out of this incredible park.  Go ahead and add this to the list of places I want to return to (seems like I have to do this whole trip over again!).

Highlights:

  • Our campsite at Sol Duc Hot Springs – behind us was a ravine and we were surrounded by super tall, beautiful trees.
  • Hoh Rain Forest – we hiked the Hall of Mosses and Spruce Nature Trails.  So beautiful, impossible to describe in words.
  • Picnic on Ruby Beach – wine, cheese, apples, and of course, a magnificent sunset and the inevitable sunset silhouette photos
  • Hurricane Ridge hike – on a clear day (ours was a little hazy) you could see all the way to Victoria, Canada

 

 


As a teenager in the mid-to-late 90’s, images of Seattle were influenced by bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden.  In my mind, it was a faraway land covered in clouds and always misty, with angsty people wrapped in plaid and rebelling from society by refusing to wash their hair.  But then Starbucks, and Amazon, and pictures on social media of the Space Needle and nearby parks and mountains and tons of awesome stuff.  Eventually, I started thinking about Seattle in color, and I really wanted to go.

So, we went.  We hit all of the obvious tourist stops (the aforementioned Space Needle, the Great Wheel on Pier 57, Pike’s Place Market, etc.), and we enjoyed some incredible live music at Jazz Alley, ate ridiculous sushi at Nishino, and indulged in some rec goodies.

Long story short, our time in Seattle kicked ass.  2 nights wasn’t nearly enough, so I can’t wait to go back and explore more of what the city has to offer.

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When you think of Idaho, you think about potatoes.  Right?  You probably don’t think to yourself, “What an exotic destination!  I’m going to plan a trip there and post a shit ton of Instagrams so all of my friends are super jealous of my baller vacay.”  And that’s cool. I’d actually prefer that it stays under the radar so it doesn’t get overrun with tourists and crowds.
I was most excited about the stop in Couer d’Alene because I was completely surprised by how awesome it looked.  Originally, we were going to pass straight through Idaho to Washington, but as I was researching, I learned about this hidden gem and just had to add it to the itinerary.
And so we went.  And it was AWESOME.  We biked, we hiked, we swam, we cruised, we drank, and then….  it was over.   But don’t cry for me, Argentina…  because I will be back to Couer d’Alene soon.  It’s a must.
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Here’s the thing about Glacier National Park.  It’s SO magnificent and SO unbelievably beautiful, you feel like you’re floating around a place that can’t possibly be real. We hiked (over 11 miles on some days), we paddleboarded, we saw a ton of wildlife, and we dropped our jaws at the views.  But I personally feel like I failed here at GNP. We had so many opportunities to see so many awesome things, but I don’t think I was able to capture it well.  Call it a bad day (or 5), but I’d give anything to go back and do a better job.  I’ll still show you what I got, but keep your expectations low. #notimpressed

On another note, one of the visitor centers has an exhibit that shows the rapid decrease in glaciers since the park was designated in 1910.  You could press a button and see the loss of glaciers from decade to decade.  Climate change is a very real thing, and I feel fortunate to have visited this park while it still has a few of its namesake attractions left. Please do your part to fight climate change by reducing your carbon footprint (*gets on soapbox* you can start by eating less meat – read the facts on animal agriculture) and support organizations that are working to find a solution to this crisis *dismounts soapbox, takes a bow*.

You can read more about the melting glaciers here.

And you can see my meh pictures here ↓ (click to enlarge).

On deck:  my new favorite getaway.  Idaho.  Yes, Idaho.