Hey there! I hope Monday has been good to you, and that you had a great weekend. Mine went by way too fast, so I am already on the count down to this weekend. :) When are they going to change the norm, and make the week only 2 days and the weekend 5 days?! #iwish Anyway, I'm excited you're back, I'm going to share more on our weekend trip to Victoria, BC. It's going to be a short and sweet post, but I think you'll enjoy it!
Today's post is on Thunderbird Park near the harbor in Victoria. This sweet little park is chock full of beautiful totem poles to peruse. I spent about an hour walking around the beautiful grounds admiring the artwork and taking photos. It was a great stop along the way to many spots such as the harbor, dinner, or the Empress Hotel. If Victoria is on your vacation list, hopefully you can catch some great weather to look around Thunderbird Park!
Hey y'all! I hope Monday was good to you and Tuesday was kind. We are nearly half way through the week already, and as much as I've accomplished, it feels like it should at least be next week by now! Ha! Anyway, I am excited you are here today. Like yesterday's post, I'm including this with Seattle + Victoria, because you can take this tour from both locations. Today's post is all about my absolutely favorite bit of our Seattle + Victoria trip--orca whale watching!
Yes, you read that right, we went killer whale watching! And NOT at Sea World, but in the wild! Along with whale watching in Maui, Orca Whale watching in the San Juan Islands was one of the most amazing experiences I've had in my life. To see these majestic animals in their natural habitat is nothing short of magical, and a true pinch me moment.
For our whale watching excursion, we left from Victoria shortly after arriving on our ferry, so from one boat to another. Like I mentioned earlier, this is also something you can do from Seattle as well. The San Juan Islands are accessible by car and boat from both Seattle and Victoria, so you could even elect to drive to the island and whale watch from there.
Five Star Whale Watching and their wonderful guides took us on a wonderful excursion filled with wildlife sightings. For weeks before our trip, I had been praying that we would see these elusive whales. Then our guide told us that there had been no sightings in the last several days of any whales of any species. I amped up the prayers right away! And, boy, did God bring his A-Game, as he always does. We saw a large pod of 27 including males, females, and even babies. It was absolutely breathtaking! You'll also notice some kayakers in the distance with the whales along side them--yes, you can kayak with the orca whales! Can you even imagine!? Adding that to my bucket list! ;) Along with the whales, we had the pleasure of seeing puffins, a bald eagle, and harbor seals that looked like little bananas huddled up on their little island. :)
You'll notice that my photos of the whales are not the greatest. I elected to focus my eyes on the prize per-say. Rather than miss out on seeing them with my own eyes, I just snapped the camera without paying too much attention to it. Yes, capturing photos was important to me, but I also did not want to regret only seeing them through the camera lens. I think we miss out on so much of life by doing that. Focusing on the perfect shot, we miss out on what is actually happening in front of us. Though I hate the photos aren't perfect, I LOVE that I experienced this and saw these beautiful creatures with my own eyes even more!
Hey there! I hope y'all had a great weekend! Mine was the perfect mix of work (travel to do list & house work), relaxation, and a little fun. We visited a super neat store in Fort Worth, which I'll be blogging about later, that was jam packed with antique furniture and old home goodness! Great little last minute addition to the weekend. Of course it could have been longer, but alas it is Monday again. Anyway, I'm excited to start transitioning to sharing a new city today. Let's take a journey from Seattle to Victoria aboard a ferry.
During one of my weekend stays in Seattle, we decided to take a journey to Canada. I rushed my passport a few weeks ahead, and we hopped on a boat for Canada! We could have driven, but decided on a passenger ferry instead. We took the Clipper Ferry to the beautiful town of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The ferry was a passenger ferry that left Seattle for Victoria early in the morning. We elected to go to Victoria, then return to Seattle later the next day, but there is an option to go there and back. However, there is way too much goodness in Victoria to not spend at least one night there, but more on that later!
Anyway, more on the ferry itself. Like I mentioned, it is a passenger ferry, so no cars, but we were able to reserve a rental car while on the boat! The attendants can reserve rental cars and book excursions/tours, which is a very nice feature! Along with that, it was really nice to not have to do the 5 hour drive it takes to get to Victoria from Seattle. With the ferry we were able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. The ride was less than 3 hours, but we enjoyed beautiful sights along the way. Not to mention, we saw the city of Port Angeles and the Olympic peninsula in the distance. Any Twilight fans out there!? We also enjoyed talking about our time in Seattle, plans for Victoria, and napping a bit. The ferry also serves light refreshments to keep you held over until you reach your destination.
We booked a ferry cruise & hotel stay package with Clipper Ferry, and were incredibly pleased with the entire process and trip. This was a wonderful addition to our Seattle stay, and I would definitely do this again! If you're on the fence about adding this to your Seattle or Victoria (to venture to Seattle) vacation, hopefully this will help you decide!
Happy Friday y'all! I hope you've had a great week, and are looking forward to the weekend. I'm here at my craft retreat making pretty things and working on travel goodness. Today I'm back to finish up with our trip to the Pacific Northwest with a Seattle Travel Guide. Essentially, you'll be able to find all of my Seattle posts in one spot!
We journeyed all over Seattle and exploring The Underground, Boeing, waterfalls, Mt. Rainier, Pike Place Market, and beyond!
Oodles & Oodles of Tulips at Pike Place Market
Our view from below the Seattle Space Needle
Dream Lifter plane that transport aircraft parts at the Boeing Factory
Fields of Tulips at Roozengaarde near Mt. Vernon
Mt. Rainier from Paradise Visitor Center inside the National Park
Stairs to the Seattle Underground
Totem Pole in Pioneer Square
The Spruce Goose in McMinnville, Oregon
Fred Flinstone's Car at America's Car Museum
Seattle Gum Wall in Post Alley
Chihuly Glass Gardens Indoor Installation
The Great Wheel
We enjoyed all of these places & more! Check out the full posts below.
Museum of Flight
The Great Wheel
Chihuly Garden & Glass
The Gum Wall
America's Car Museum
The Underground Tour
Mount Rainier National Park
Roozengaarden Tulip Fields
Future of Flight Museum + Boeing Factory Tour
Seattle Space Needle
Pike Place Market
The Spruce Goose • Oregon
Hey there! I am packed up for my weekend of fun work (really it is good stuff), and ready to tackle that long to do list. I'm feeling motivated, and can't wait for a refreshing weekend of crafting, travel work, and, most importantly, time with great friends! While I'm waiting for it to be go time, I wanted to share the last place on the itinerary for our time in Seattle, Pike Place Market.
I've been saving the best for last as the market was the creme de la creme of Seattle for me! The flowers, the exotic fruits and veggies, eggs & cheeses of every kind, an extensive array of baked goods, and just goodness after goodness. For this post, I thought I'd do a short little list of my tips for visiting one of the world's most famous markets!
My Tips for Visiting Pike Place Market
1. Go early.
Before 8am is a great time to visit. There aren't a lot of people out and about yet, but the vendors are already open. If you wait until later in the morning, you'll be packed in to get glimpses of some famous spots like Pike Place Fish Co. & their fish throwing show.
2. If you want to visit the original Starbucks, go late.
If the original Starbucks is on your must go in list, go in the evening or be prepared to wait in a long line outside. Remember, Seattle is known for it's rainy weather, so if standing in a long line outside in the rain isn't your thing, opt for a trip there in the evening. For myself, I just got a look of the shop from the outside, and that was a-okay with me. Lovely had to go back to Seattle later in the year, and he visited the market another time with colleagues later in the day after work. He was able to go inside the Starbucks when there was no line. He even brought me home the coveted Pike Place Market You Are Here Collection cup. Since he went later in the year, so he also enjoyed the market being decorated for Christmas.
3. Go hungry. Or maybe don't.
If you love good food, go hungry! Enjoy pastries, fruits, coffees, donuts, cheeses, cookies as big as your face, and so much more! If you don't want to overindulge, better eat beforehand so you aren't tempted. :) You could be like my mother-in-law. She literally went CRAZY buying yummies at the market! She packed an entire box full to carry back home of peaches, Rainier cherries, and baked goods. It was a hoot watching her!
4. Buy the damn flowers.
Ok, the flowers...they are UH-MAZING!! Like THE most beautiful flowers you have every seen, and they are CHEAP! I am talking 15 bucks for a bouquet that would cost you $100 from a florist! Buy them! Put them in your hotel room. Love them. Enjoy them. When you visit, you'll see just what I mean!
Hopefully these quick tips help you plan your trip. Take a look at my photos to get a better idea of my tips. See you back tomorrow with a Seattle Trip Wrap Up.
Hump day!! I'm super excited because today is actually my Friday! #woohoo As I mentioned earlier this week, I'm heading out on a retreat tomorrow, and I'm excited to get some work done as well as crafty time! I have lots of travel work I need to get done, and I am hella behind on scrapbooking. Anyway, today I'm here to share one of the last places from our Seattle visits, the Seattle Space Needle.
The needle was made back in the 60s for the World's Fair, and it's been a defining landmark of the Seattle skyline ever since! We couldn't leave this off of our places to visit, and bonus that we had amazing weather! I've talked about it before, but I spent two separate weekends in Seattle while Lovely was at a 2 month training there. During my first visit, the skies were so clear we could see Mt. Rainier from the observation deck. That was a special treat! From the photos, it looks like a mountain suspended in the clouds, but it is the real deal, snow capped and all. You'll also notice photos from my second visit, which didn't deliver quite as good of weather, that Mt. Rainier is nowhere in site. Quite amazing that the weather has such an effect on our line of sight. Pesky misty rain clouds.
Anyway, both of our visits to the needle were smooth sailing! We used the Space Needle app to purchase our tickets for a set time. So there was zero waiting in line, no surprises, just walk on up, show your electronic ticket, and begin your 41 second ride to the top! There is an inside viewing area, as well as the outside observation deck. You'll also find shops, the famous rotating restaurant, and an electronic map (where you can list where you are visiting from to be added to a pin on the map) at the top of the needle.
We also enjoyed the area below the Space Needle, often referred to as Seattle City Center. You'll find shops, outdoor vendors, street performers, museums, and more. We ended up having a caricature drawn of us there. So fun! :) Anyway, the Space Needle is definitely a spot to visit, especially if you can go on a sunny day. We did not purchase tickets in advance, just on the app, the day of, once even just 45 minutes before our purchased ticket time so we didn't have to wait in line and could spend the time exploring below the needle instead! Hope you enjoy the photos, and the tips about the app. I'll be back tomorrow with my last spot in Seattle, and it just so happens to be my favorite! See ya then!
Welcome back! I hope you had a great weekend and a great week so far. Mine has been super busy, but it's going by quickly. I'm looking forward to a little craft retreat this weekend, which also means I'll have the chance to catch up on a few Discovereighng with Dana Travel work things. I'm excited you're back today! I'm sharing one of the hidden gems of my time in Seattle. Aviation is Lovely's thing, but I'll admit I was intrigued by all of the airplane things happening there.
Seattle is a major hub for a little aviation company you may have heard of, Boeing. All around the city & suburbs you'll spot buildings bearing the company's name. Whether it be factories, training stations, offices, or museums, there is something at every turn. One of the museums & the factory tour was a spot we definitely wanted to check out.
So Lovely was able to visit the Boeing Factory during his training, but we also took the tour and went to the Future of Flight Museum at the same location. This is not to be confused with the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The Future of Flight Museum & Boeing Factory are located a little farther north in Everett. The drive, though not far at all, was completely worth it for the factory tour!
I'm going to be honest here... The museum didn't wow us. However, the Boeing Factory tour blew my socks off!!! I had NO idea how large a 747 airplane is, which you can get an idea of from the photo of Lovely & plane's tail! We got to see it up close & in person on the assembly line. I'd seen them flying before and parked at gates at the airport, but I didn't quite get just how big they were until the tour. The factory was amazing in that there are literally billions of parts around to make up each of these planes, and they crank out multiple planes a month of various kinds, 747s, 767s, 777s, and 787s! We also caught glimpses of the brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner which you can now fly on within the U.S. and even on long haul flights. While the museum was a little underwhelming, the factory tour was a major highlight, and is definitely worth checking out! Unfortunately, photos are not allowed on the tour, but I hope you'll enjoyed these photos from the museum and outdoor area of the factory.
Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to add this to your Seattle itinerary!
Hey y'all! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I'm looking forward to this beautiful Sunday. I plan on getting my to do list knocked out early so I can spend the rest of the day resting, as it should be! It has turned cold here in Waco, Texas, but it is still a beautiful, sunny Spring day. So I am hoping to spend a little time outside as well. This weather has me reminescing on when Lovely was in Seattle, and drove the hour and a half to Mt. Vernon, Washington to see the tulips for me. Now of course this isn't something he would have regularly done alone, but we knew by the time I visited that the tulip blooms would be long gone. So I talked him into driving up there just so he could send me beautiful photos. We ended up FaceTiming as well, which was an amazing treat! He did a great job as a photographer, and I am so grateful that he went. Just seeing the photos from him, and knowing this was real--not just made up place in Pinterest land--was wonderful! Anyway, he journeyed from Renton, WA, just south of Seattle, to Roozengaarde outside of Mt. Vernon.
Now, you may be thinking...is it worth the drive up there to take the chance on the tulips not being in bloom? Well, Roozengaarde has taken out all of the guess work with an amazing bloom map on their website. You can see nearby tulip & daffodil fields on the map, and if they are in bloom or not. This is updated every couple of days or so, so you can bet it is an accurate indication on what is blooming. While the tulips are in bloom, Roozengaarde has a Tulip Festival. During other times of the year, Roozengaarde's gift shop & garden are also open.
Lovely kept his time directly at Roozengaarde, though you could potentially explore other fields as well. The garden was amazing with more tulip varieties than you can count, and each was conveniently labeled in case you wanted to buy bulbs of your own to take home & plant. The photos are something right out of Holland and seem like a Pinterest dream, but my friends, it is the real deal right here in the states! Bonus, glimpses of Mt. Baker in the background of the tulip fields--adding major googly eyes to the dreamy factor! I hope you will enjoy the photos of the beautiful Roozengaarde and tulip fields, and be sure to check out the bloom map when planning your own Spring trip to Roozengaarde in Mt. Vernon, Washington just a short drive from Seattle.
Hiya friends, we made it to Friday! Boy am I glad! It has been a long stressful week. I honestly need to figure out a better method to all of my madness, and managing time even better. But more often than not, even with great time management, there just isn't enough time in the day. However, I love getting to sit down from my busy day, and share what I love most here, traveling! Today, I'm continuing on with our adventures in Seattle with our guided tour around Mount Rainier National Park.
Mt. Rainier is one of the dreamiest places I've ever seen. Between the snow and the evergreen trees, I felt like I was in the North Pole, sans the toys & Santa Claus! This was my first time seeing mountains with snow, so I was definitely in another world. And boy did the snow deliver! Even though we visited at the end of April/beginning of May, the snow was stacked nearly as tall as we were! I haven't seen THAT much snow in my whole life combined, but then again, I am from Texas!
Anyway, let's get to it. Today, I thought I would share a few tips I have for visiting the park. There are factors to consider when visiting, such as the weather, park closures, the type of tour you want to take, and more.
1. Know the Season
Even in mid-Spring, most of the park was still closed because of the snow. We were able to travel as far up as Paradise. Be sure to check what areas of the park will be open when you decide to visit. Most of the roads stay covered in snow, with close to the peak only opening in the Summer. The lodges found at Paradise, about half way up, open only for the Summer months. You'll also want to check the weather for on the mountain when you visit. It may be warm in Seattle, but very cold on Mount Rainier. Keep the weather in mind with footwear as well. You don't want cold, wet toes from the snow.
2. Guided or Self-Paced
Decide if you want to do a guided tour, or come up with your own itinerary and drive the park with a rental car. We decided on a guided tour, booked with one of my tour operators (if you need one, feel free to contact me), and we couldn't have been more pleased! We had a very knowledgeable guide, saw tons of highlights within the park, and did not feel rushed at all. We also enjoyed stopped outside of the park as well. It was worth the money and time we would've spent planning our own itinerary. Our tour began from hotel pick up to hotel drop off, and was truly worth it! If you elect to plan your own itinerary, start with the park's website, viewing the maps, and what is open during the season you'll be visiting. Get the most our of your visit, by hitting the high points early on the way up to beat the crowds!
3. Enjoy Nature
While you're in the park, you'll notice there isn't much sign of technology other than the visiting cars & visitor's center. Enjoy this time away from the constraints of modern day living by taking your time, and truly take in the world around you. God has blessed us with these beautiful sights, and it's our blessing to enjoy them. Mount Rainier National Park is the perfect place to do so, with the lush trees, stunning waterfalls, mountains at every turn, and, on the right day, dreamy blankets of snow, you're sure to find a moment to enjoy everything this world has to offer.
Hey there! Hope you are having a great day. Mine is a little sweeter than usual. I got a beautiful delivery of flowers today for our 4th anniversary! I can't believe our wedding day was that long ago, time has just gone by so fast and has been filled with so many adventures! Which, of course, is where this whole Discovereighng with Dana Travel bout stemmed from. Anyway, I'm excited to be here today. I'm sharing our tour of the Seattle Underground, a strange & cool spot you can't miss!
The Underground was formed in the late 1800s by a fire accidentally set by a cabinet maker destroying 31 blocks of the city. What is now the Underground was once the street level of the city. When the fire broke out, the city was rebuilt on top of the old buildings, creating an underground city. The Underground was once still utilized, but is now a storage space and a unique tourist spot! When the city was rebuilt, they created glass spots in the sidewalks to allow in light for those shopping around in the Underground. So even if you don't take the tour, you may spot purple glass along the sidewalks, and that means you are walking over the Underground. Quite neat! You can also pop into The Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret at Pike Place Market, and get a peak of the underground without the tour. But it won't be as nearly as impressive if you haven't toured the Underground.
The tour begins and ends in the Pioneer Building in Pioneer Square, and takes you around the neighborhood to a nearby building where the guide takes you inside to access the Underground. You'll walk below Seattle's sidewalks, exploring the city that once was. The tour is chock full of so much history, humor, and incredible architecture and innovation! If you're into quirky, unique, and down right weird, Bill Speidel's Underground Tour is one not to be missed!
Happy hump day y'all! We are about half way through the week, and here's hoping we make it! I'm looking forward to a leisurely weekend, just need to make it there. Do you ever feel that way, like you just can't catch up? The more life goes on, the more I feel that way. Slowing down is definitely something I need to work on! But in the meantime, I'm excited to share more of Seattle with you. Seattle is definitely a place that surprised me! I wasn't quite expecting to love this city so much, but I really think the amazing weather we experienced was a big help. There are some wonderful sights to see here, and having great weather is always the icing on the cake! Today, I want to share our visit to Pioneer Square.
We actually walked to Pioneer Square from The Great Wheel, a some 2 mile walk, uphill. #whoops But the journey was worth it! We passed beautiful buildings covered in ivies and dreamy city streets. Then once we reached the square, we were greeted by totem poles, a stunning iron pergola, cobblestone streets, and amazing architecture! While there, we decided to take a tour of the Underground, which we are glad we did! But more on that later.
The square is a popular spot for peddlers and the homeless, so be prepared for that. I never felt uncomfortable, nor were we approached, but it's something I don't want to leave out. Give if you feel the desire, but just be aware of your surroundings.
The stunning pergola, which I didn't get a full photo of, was built in 1909, and made of ornate iron. Along with the totem pole in Pioneer Square, the pergola is a National History Landmark. At the beginning of our tour of the Underground, we learned that the totem pole has its own sordid past consisting of a few drunk businessman. According to our tour guide, in the late 1800s while visiting Alaska, members of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce got drunk, and stole the totem pole. They brought it back to Seattle, erecting it in Pioneer Square. In the 1930's, the pole was set on fire by vandals. The city requested the original tribe replicate another totem pole to replace the lost one. The tribe was smart, and charged the city for both! Quite smart I'd say!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos of this fun stop, and add it to your own Seattle Itinerary. Have a great day!
Hey friends! I hope Monday was good to you. Mine was super busy, and way too long! Here's hoping the rest of the week is a bit more relaxed. But wait, what's that word?! ;) Anyway, I'm excited you stopped by today. I have a fun post for you. Though not actually in Washington, I'm sharing Lovely's visit to see the Spruce Goose within my Seattle series.
While staying in Seattle for work, he ventured a few hours to Oregon to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to see Howard Hughes' famed Spruce Goose! If you've seen the Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Aviator, you're familiar with the Spruce Goose and Howard Hughes' quirks. Hughes went out on a whim to build an all wood aircraft to assist in the efforts of World War II. The aircraft only ever got off the ground once and wasn't complete in time to use for the war, but it was highly significant because of its size. According to Wikipedia, "It is the largest flying boat (as it could land on water), and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history." It's so large, he couldn't even fit it all in one photo (must teach him to take a panoramic photo). ;) And though I didn't see it in person, boy can you tell it is huge from the photos! It's really quite amazing that the thing ever even made it off of the ground! Definitely a sight to see! If you're the touristy type, you can also have your photo made in the flight deck of the plane, where Howard Hughes himself once manned the aircraft. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of its first flight.
Along with the Spruce Goose, the museum boasts designs from Orville & Wilbur Wright, modern day aircraft, and everything in between! If you have an extended stay in Seattle or Portland and are into aircraft, you should check out the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. It was so good, Lovely made the 3 hour venture from Seattle twice!
Hey there! I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday! I'm back this week with more from our time in Seattle. Today, I'm sharing a museum that Lovely ventured to on his own. As you may remember, he was in Seattle for a couple of months on business. So he had many weekends & evenings free to explore. One of the spots he loved was, America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.
The museum boasts a 165,000 square foot show area full of cars of all kinds. The some 350 cars on display vary from era & style. You'll spot Fred Flinstone's car, a classic Model-T, even a motorcycle or two. Along with the vast car collection donated from the late Harold LeMay's collection, you'll find a restoration shop. It's great to see that these cars are so well loved and taken such great care of in the shop. America's Car Museum is a short drive from Seattle Center, so it makes for a great spot for the guys, and car loving girls, to visit.
Can you believe it is Friday! Yippee! Any exciting plans for the weekend? We are working on finishing cleaning up from our house demo, and I've got a few Discovereighng with Dana things to take care of on my to do list. I'm also excited to go watch one of my nephews play baseball this weekend. So should be a fun weekend! I've also got a fun post to share with you today, the quirky Seattle Gum Wall.
This gross, yet fun wall is located in Post Alley, and is must see while on your way to Pike Place Market. It is surprisingly beautiful, even though it's pretty gross at the same time. How does that work? The vast array of gum colors add to it's charm. They (whoever they is) say that if you don't leave your own chewed gum on the wall, it is bad luck! So, don't walk through without your own colorful, chewed gum.
Are you superstitious? Will you leave your own chewed gum, or walk on by?
Hello again! I hope you are having a great week so far. We are nearly to hump day, so I'm doing cartwheels about that! I love when the work days fly by, it means I must be doing something I love. Downfall? I love home & my 2nd travel job as well, so time is just constantly flying by for me. Do you ever feel that way? That time is just slipping away fast than you can stop it. Speaking of time flying, I honestly can't believe it has been nearly 2 years since we visited Seattle. I'm so behind in sharing our travels there, so I'm sure somethings have changed, but I'm carrying on in sharing anyway. :)
Today, I want to talk about a place that really took me by surprise, Chihuly Garden & Glass. This is a super fun exhibit in Seattle Center showcasing blown glass art by Dale Chihuly. I'd unknowingly seen his art at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, an enormous ceiling installation in their lobby, but didn't realize it was the same artist until visiting Chihuly in Seattle. The exhibit is nestled just below the Seattle Space Needle, making for the most amazing photo ops.
For our trip, this was on Lovely's mom's list, and not really on our radar. However, the exhibit blew us away! It is truly INCREDIBLE! The pieces colors, the shapes, the sheer size, and intricate detail were all show stoppers. We were quite amazed the outdoor installations don't break in the elements. Along with the glass art, you'll see glass blowing demonstrations, indigenous art, and more. I put this spot high on my list of Seattle must sees. Hope you'll add it to yours!
Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine went by super fast even though I took some time off work at the end of the week. I got so much accomplished, yet not enough. Don't you hate that!? We did get our house down, and will clean up this week. Hopefully we will begin our new house next week! We are so excited! Anyway, I'm excited to dive back into sharing our travels with you, and I'm pick up where I left off in Seattle.
I've mentioned before, we were super lucky with the weather in Seattle, and just about everyday I visited was sunny weather, making outdoor exploring even better. This made for amazing views, especially with a ride around The Great Wheel. We went right when they opened, and didn't have to wait in line. With 360° views, we caught glimpses of the incoming ferry and the Seattle skyline. We enjoyed a few spins around the wheel, and exploring the pier shops below.
Along with the wheel, there are a couple of indoor shops at this pier, and a yummy restaurant where we enjoyed lunch. The Crab Pot is an indoor/outdoor spot with delicious fresh seafood. I LOVED the grilled salmon, and actually still crave it!
Be sure to check out The Great Wheel at night as well. She puts on a spectacular, colorful lights show!
Hey their airplane enthusiasts, I've got a treat for you today! A couple of weekends ago, Lovely & I ventured out to the Heart of Texas Airshow just a few miles from our home. Though the show's planes tend to fly over our house, we just couldn't pass up the chance to be front and center. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were in town for the show, and boy did that bring it! The airshow features pilots & planes from all across the U.S. They have the most incredible talent, stamina for the twirly, swirly tricks, and beautifully painted planes. A couple of the pilots were in their 80s! Talk about living life!
The yearly event is perfect for the whole family, though a little pricey. If you plan on trying to catch 2018's show, I recommend buying tickets in advance on the HOT Airshow Website for a bit of a discount. But you definitely catch an amazing show, and fun for the whole family with vendors, food, military planes you can tour, and much more. The two of us had a blast, and look forward to heading back next year.
My, it has been awhile! I never intended on taking such a long hiatus from sharing details & tips on our trips, but life has just happened. It has been quite an eventful few months, and only going to get crazier! I'm going to let the photos do the talking to share with you where I've been, and what we've been up to.
Where I left off: our trip to NYC in December.
We enjoyed a wonderful week in the Big Apple! I got to explore things I didn't the first time,
enjoyed even more Broadway shows, and, of course, loved the Christmas spirit of the city!
At the end of last year/the beginning of this year, I started a new career.
I still work at the same place, but have been blessed with a position utilizing my degree.
Bonus: this amazing window & view!
Back in February, I went on a weekend crafting retreat. It was much needed creative & friend time!
Back in September, I got a new car with the plans to have it wrapped.
The wrap proof has been approved, and should be coming soon!
I have been working super hard with Discovereighng with Dana (outside of the blog),
and it has been showing! I am reaching goals I've set, and can't wait to see this venture grow!
Over Spring Break, me & a couple of work friends ventured to Memphis, Tennessee.
It was a BLAST! At the top of our list was to see Graceland. Accomplished!
This has been a long time dream for me & one of the other ladies,
and we were so excited to finally mark this off of our bucket list.
Early this month, I made the decision to let me Stampin' Up! business go for now.
I'll continue to create cards & scrapbook and use their wonderful products,
but for now I won't be a demonstrator anymore.
With everything going on, it just wasn't something I could keep up with any longer.
I am, however, looking forward to creating just for creating's sake.
Last weekend, we took a day to just be together, enjoy the weather, and throw our cares to the wind.
We enjoyed the day at the Heart of Texas Air Show in Waco where I got a killer sunburn.
I'll share more on the whole thing soon!
Discovereighng with Dana Travel now has published ads!
Starting this month, I have ads featured in the Central Texas magazines
Bliss Bridal Magazine & Modern Texas Living Magazine (formerly Bliss Lifestyle).
I'm excited for the collaboration, and can't wait to see how many more families/couples I can help!
Last, but more definitely not least as it is the most major thing going on in our lives right now,
we are saying goodbye to our home, in a big way!
Tomorrow she is slated to be burned down. #likewoah
For the past 6-8 months, we have been toying with our options regarding our home.
The foundation has been a continuous problem, even after leveling time & time again.
We were torn as to whether we finish our remodel, or start new.
After the kitchen sink pipe busting for about the 4th time, Lovely was done.
We made the final decision to tear down the house a couple of months ago,
and it has been a whirlwind since!
We finalized new house plans, moved into our shop apartment, formerly my craft studio, #hellodownsizing
and will begin building our new home within the next month.
We were a bit sad to have to had to make this decision,
but the more time goes on (problems arise with the old house), the happier we are!
We know this is going to be so wonderful for us, no more things breaking, no more house repairs,
just a beautiful new home, that is ours.
So far things have gone smoothly, we agree on most design elements, style, and look of our home,
and can't wait to get started on the new home!
We are truly ecstatic for our future with our new home!
As you can see things have been pretty wild around here, but I can't wait to see where life takes us!
Thank you for stopping by. I'll be back later this week with more on the air show in Waco and next week with Seattle.
Good morning! I am on a plane bound for New York City by way of Newark, New Jersey! This time 3 years ago, I got on a plane for the very, very first time! My mom & I flew to New York City, and it changed my life forever. I was immediately in love with New York, flying, and traveling! The rest, they say, is history! I am so excited to be heading back to where it all started! I'd planned to share about our trip to Seattle while we are gone, but I've decided to take a week off & just enjoy the week! In the meantime you can follow along on our trip on my Instagram & Facebook page (follow buttons to the right), and enjoy the photos from our last trip below.. I hope you have a great week! See you in a jiff NYC!
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Views of Lower Manhattan from the Empire State Building
Grand Central Station
Radio City Music Hall
Do you recognize this bridge from the movie Elf?
Views of Central Park & Upper Manhattan from Rockefeller Center
Hey friends! Are you halls all decked for the holidays!? I'm getting there. Our baubles & trinkets are out in all their glory, but our tree isn't looking so hot yet. I have yet to decorate the Christmas tree, but it's at least out of the box and up. She'll get there, eventually. Anyway, let's hop to it! Today, I'm sharing our visit to the Seattle Aquarium.
This was one of my favorite attractions in Seattle. This aquarium is unlike any I'd been to with hands on, real life exhibits. I enjoyed the tide pools the most. They were made to emulate tide pools in nature, a variety of animals included that you can even touch! This makes the aquarium so great for kids. There are so many educational pieces for viewing, and not only that are fun, which is key for kids!
I also had a soft spot for the seals & otters. They are just so darn cute! The seals were so friendly and such hams. And let's talk about those otters! I wanted to take them home! They floated around on their backs, taking naps in the sun.
I could go on and on about all of the animals at the Seattle Aquarium, but I'll move along with the photos from this great spot! Hope you enjoy them! See you back soon.
Welcome back! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend, and are stuffed full of turkey, dressing, and blessings! My break went by way too fast, and I didn't get nearly as much done as I'd hoped and it went by way too fast, but Christmas break will be here in a jiff! Anyway, I'm excited to be back, and share more on our time in Seattle, Washington.
One of the Seattle area's major industries is is aircraft, thanks to a little company called Boeing. With that, there are many flight and aircraft museums in and around Seattle. Like I've mentioned before, Lovely explored quite a bit on his own since he was there so long for training, one of the places being the Museum of Flight. This museum is located at Boeing Field, just south of Seattle, and is home to one of the largest collections of aircraft in the U.S. The museum also has a Restoration Center in Everett, Washington, just north of Seattle. Along with aircraft, the museum offers exhibits on airspace travel. This Smithsonian affiliate is home to an extensive gallery of small objects, books, manuals, and reports. It is an amazing place to visit for anyone interested in aviation and aerospace travel.
This year is a great time to visit the Museum of Flight, as they are celebrating Boeing's 100th year with a special exhibition. Along with special exhibits, the museum offers seasonal, including Christmas and Summer, celebrations and camps for kids. What would be more fun for a young boy or girl who dreams of being a pilot or astronaut! Explore the Museum of Flight as a family or quietly alone during your trip to Seattle!
Hey friends! I hope y'all are doing great. We are gearing up for Thanksgiving, as I'm sure you are as well. I'm excited for yummy food, and spending time with loved ones. We have much to be grateful for, especially each other. It has been a tough year, but there is always something to be thankful for. Along with my dear family & friends, I am especially thankful to be able to share something I love so much, travel! Traveling has changed my life in more ways than I can count, and I am certainly grateful to have this business and to share my travels here. I'm so thankful to my clients & readers for their support, and I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
Along with a Thanksgiving wish, I do have a bit of travel to share with you today. I'm excited to dive into our time in Seattle, Washington. Since Lovely spent around two months there for work with me visiting on two occasions, I have so much to share. So for the next month or more I'll be sharing all the fun details from our travels in and around the unique city of Seattle.
To get things started, let's talk about Snoqualmie Falls, about 45 minutes east of Seattle nestled in the Cascades Mountains. The falls are set in a stunning mountainous area covered in endless evergreen trees. Atop the falls is a working & running train track, and if you're as lucky as we are, you'll catch a locomotive coming around the bend above the falls. Yes, that sounds like a song, but it's true! The falls flow into the Snoqualmie River which winds through the Cascades Mountains.
Snoqualmie Falls is a very popular tourist spot, so be prepared to battle the people. We went later in the afternoon, around 3 o'clock, and there are so, so many people. There is a parking lot across the street, with a covered foot bridge leading to the falls. It took us a bit to find a parking spot, but it was definitely worth it! You might think about going in the morning to avoid crowds. But everything still worked out. We were able to get front row views of the falls, taking turns with other visitors.
The falls viewing area offers several spots along the mountain for viewing at different levels. The area is nicely paved with steps leading down to each observation deck. I took advantage of each deck for different outlooks at each spot. Snoqualmie Falls is definitely worth the drive to see! Even the drive itself is stunning! I'm not certain, but I imagine in the winter this area would be blanketed in snow, making it all the more dreamy, dreamy Snoqualmie!
Hopefully, these photos talk you into a visit to this majestic mountain destination!
Again, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for stopping by.
Hey there y'all! Time certainly got away from me last week, and I didn't get to share the rest of our quick trip to Salado. So I'm back & rearing to go this week with a fun post on 24 Hours in Salado. Salado is a sweet little town just about an hour from Waco chock full of darling little shops along quaint sidewalks. I love visiting Salado, especially in the Fall & winter months. This trip was no exception. We started out creating our pumpkins, spent the afternoon shopping, dining at The Pizza Place, and topped off the day with a movie in nearby Georgetown. We stayed the night at Red Barn Hideaway, picking up our pumpkins the next morning, and headed back home. It was the perfect short trip. I've included a list below of my favorite shops, restaurants, and bed & breakfasts in Salado.
Magnolias of Salado One word: Christmas. This is one of my favorite shops in Salado, and the best time to visit is in the Fall & Christmas when the store is incredibly decorated for the holidays. The store boasts amazing floors, ceilings, and outdoor architecture, which is only made more beautiful by the abundance of Christmas trees and holiday items for sale. Even if you leave empty handed, you'll walk out the door more cheerful than ever!
Stamp Salado This sweet little store is chock full of papers and stamps and all things paper crafting, of course making it a must stop for me. If you're staying in town for a bit, check out their class schedule for some added fun.
The Shoppes on Main This shop is another favorite with different trinkets and home decor pieces at every turn. My favorite part, a tiny area filled with yummy, chocolatey treats!
Salado Antique Mall
Hands down my absolute favorite shop in Salado is the Salado Antique Mall. I stop each visit, and every time I find something I can't live without! From unique furniture pieces to beautiful brooches to vintage greeting cards to quirky knick knacks, you're sure to find something to take home or at least to peak your interest!
Red Barn Hideaway We stayed at this sweet spot during our stay, and it was perfectly beautiful. It was right near Main Street, yet a little off the road for privacy. It had beautiful little, yet spacious, homes for privacy, and even deer grazing in the yard. The perfect spot for privacy & nature's beauty.
Inn on the Creek Get a major dose of nature with a stay on the banks of Salado Creek. Watch the deer & the creek roll by each morning during your stay, and enjoy a delicious southern breakfast. This inn is the epitome of a bed & breakfast!
The Inn at Salado Stay right in the hustle and bustle of town at the Inn at Salado located right on Main Street. I love seeing this bed & breakfast in the mornings, it is always lively with guests enjoying the porch and lovely front yard.
Strawberry Patch This cute little shop is a specialty coffee shop of sorts, along with sweet and savory treats to take home for later. Grab a cup of Joe while you shop for goodies to fill your stockings.
The Range at the Barton House The Range is just off Main Street, and offers a more upscale dining experience with lots of history! You can enjoy lunch & dinner here with a variety of menu items such as pan-seared salmon (yum!), Spicy Spinach & Artichoke Dip, or Grilled Spice Quail.
Johnny's Steaks & Bar-B-Q This yummy Bar-B-Q spot is just off I-35, and has the best atmosphere! I've eaten here on several different occasions, and have always been pleased. Not to mention, they serve some mean potato salad!
The Pizza Place We enjoyed this delicious spot on our visit, and I LOVED it! The crust was amazing, the seasonings were divine, and the toppings, to die for! Not to mention, it's my kind-of-place, down to earth, diner style, with delicious food.
Mill Creek Golf Course Drop your guy off at Mill Creek Golf Course while you shop around town. If you're a golf junkie and/or into nature, play along with him. You'll be floored by all the deer you're sure to see on this beautiful course!
Mud Pies Pottery Stop in to shop, or create your own pottery piece at this sweet little shop. Mud Pies also offers Sir Wiggleworth's Homemade Fudge, formerly sold at another shop in town. So stop by for mud & fudge!
Salado Glassworks After Mud Pies, pop in next door at Salado Glassworks to purchase your own one of a kind piece, or sign up for one of their classes. Of course my favorites are the Glass Blown Pumpkin & Christmas Ornament Classes. Get a look and lesson on how glass blowing is done. You're sure to be amazed!
I hope you enjoyed this bit on Salado. It's one of my favorite little towns. Hopefully, you'll make your way there for a a day or weekend stay. Thank you for stopping by! See you back later with details from our time in Seattle, Washington.
Hi there friends! I hope you're having a fine Tuesday. I think it would be wonderful if it we not for all of this election ruckus. Can we just get it over with already? But just a few hours to go. However it goes, it is what it is, and the world we keep right on spinning. Anyway, we aren't here to talk about that, we are here to discover & see the world! A couple of weekends ago, Lovely, my mother-in-love, and me headed to Salado, Texas, a little over an hour or so from home outside Waco. Our main goal? Relax, enjoy each others company, and create glass blown pumpkins at this sweet little studio, Salado Glassworks.
Though I have lots to share from Salado, I want to devote a whole post on the process of making our pumpkins. The idea of glass blown has intrigued us since our visit to Chihuly Glass Gardens in Seattle, Washington (which I'll be sharing next week), so we couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it ourselves! Creating the pumpkins only took about 10 minutes each, but we did have to wait for them to cool over night before we could take them home. The whole process was super neat & interesting. Starting out, an artist dipped a rod in liquefied glass, at around 2040 degrees! #woahbaby He then dipped the glass blob in shards of colored glass, reheating it all again at 2300 degrees. From there, he began shaping the glass blob with a thick piece of wet newspaper. Yes, all that was between his hand and the some 2000 degree glass was newspaper! Amazing! After that, the glass blob went into a mold to give it lines like a pumpkin would have. Then, we got to do our part, the glass blowing. While the artist spun the rod, we blew through a straw attached to the rod to create an air pocket to shape our pumpkin. He told us when and how hard to blow, and just like that we had a pumpkin! He reheated the pumpkin a few times in there, it's easy to lose track of when since he did that so many times.
But after our pumpkin was shaped, it was time to add the stem. With just a flick of a hammer against the long rod, the artist dropped our pumpkins onto fire retardant stands, and dropped a smaller shaped blog on top. He then twirled and worked the glass to create a fancy stem. The stem was topped off with a blow torch to make the glass turn silver, then it was off to the kiln over night. The kiln was at 900 degrees, then slowly cooled down through the night to prevent the glass from cooling too quickly. We were able to pick up our pumpkins the next morning, and they are beautiful! This was such a fun & fascinating process! It was amazing to me that an active volcano flows at around 1000 degrees, yet their glass ovens were over 2000 degrees! Amazing! We hope to go back, or to a studio in Waco, to do glass blown ornaments. Definitely a fun experience everyone should try, even the kids!
I hope you enjoyed this as much as we did! If you ever get the chance to try glass blowing, I highly recommend it! See you back tomorrow with the rest of our quick trip to Salado.
Hey y'all! Hope your week is flying by, because, let's be real, the 8 to 5 is for the birds! My week has gone pretty well, except it seems that my to do list is growing rather than shrinking. But the weekend is near, and that means work-work-work. Luckily, it's all the work I love to do! :) None of that yucky 8 to 5 mess. Anyway, how about some fun! I've gathered up a few pictures, yes just a few--I must've taken a million, of our visit to the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens during our Dallas trip.
Since we went in the Fall, the Arboretum was fully decked out in some 90,000 pumpkins! It's nothing short of magical! Along with all of the typical garden and lawn views, an area of the Arboretum is covered, and I mean covered, in thousands upon thousands of pumpkins of every variety and of every size! There are houses made of pumpkins, mazes of hay bales, and even a horse drawn carriage. It's truly a beautiful sight to see! Along with the beautiful pumpkins, while perusing the gardens, we caught a glimpse of a sail boat race in nearby White Rock Lake. That was really something, an unexpected treat!
The entire grounds is is truly a sight to see, and if you're ever in the area, especially in the Fall, you must stop by for a little visit. I must add, when you visit be sure to arrive early, just as they open, or you'll be waiting in a very long line! We arrived just in the nick of time, right at opening, and by the time we left, the line was at least a half a mile long. #notexaggerating We were very glad we made the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens our first stop of the day, and definitely happy we put this on our itinerary. You'll be happy you did too!