NORTHWEST RAMBLES

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Granada, Nicaragua — Volcano, Volcano, Volcano

Compared to León, Granada caters to tourists on a much grander scale. There is an entire street that runs through the middle of town that is lined with restaurants, tour operators, and souvenir shops all trying to thrive on the tourist industry. We took several...

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León, Nicaragua — City Tour and Volcano Boarding

This year, our summer excursions started with a two-week exploration of Nicaragua. Why Nicaragua? During our 2015/2016 world adventure, we completely avoided Central and South America. There was no particular reason for the avoidance other than we were tired after 7...

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Mid-Year Book Review — The Best of 2017… So Far

I have read a pile of good books this year. A top 5 list at the end of the year just wasn't going to do justice to them all, so I am posting a mid-year book report. These are my top 5 for the first half of 2017 along with those books that I would recommend reading...

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New Skill Acquired… Metalsmithing

One of my "life list" goals is to be constantly learning something new (Life List post coming soon!). This past winter, a friend of mine told me that she had recently become involved with the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild. When she told me about the classes, I was...

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A Return to Tent Rocks, New Mexico

Wherever we find ourselves in the world, we typically find a place to go for a hike and enjoy the beauty of the area. This was true some 20 years ago when my then boyfriend and I were in New Mexico for a conference. On one of the free days, we headed off into the New...

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The Laundry Room

Of all the places that we have visited in the world, Las Vegas is a place that we return to again and again. Why? It's cheap to get there and there are a million things to keep us entertained for a few days. In a nutshell, it's an easy getaway. We have a pretty...

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Discovering George Town Through Street Art

The street art of George Town on the island of Penang, Malaysia, is not only interesting to look at, but also gives us a peek into the culture of the area. There are 52 wrought iron sculptures scattered throughout the streets that blend humor and historical fact and...

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Starting a Travel Journal

The Christmas before our world trip, I gave everyone — my husband, two sons, and even myself — a small journal. Each was a different color and had a different saying that I imagined suited each of us. Mine was "LIVE A LIFE YOU LOVE." Eight months later when we packed...

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Stranded in a Japanese Parking Lot

One of our first adventures on the island of Okinawa was to Shuri Castle. Although it is unknown exactly when the castle was constructed, the castle was in use from 1322-1429 when it housed King Sho Hashi. The castle was burned down several times, captured by foreign...

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