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Northwest Rambles

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We travel often, always in search of adventures off the beaten track, obscure corners of the world, and often overlooked destinations.

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Mark Your Calendars — Square Up is coming March 16, 2021

Mark Your Calendars — Square Up is coming March 16, 2021

March 16, 2021—a little less than five months from now—is the scheduled publication date for Square Up: 50,000 Miles in Search of a Way Home. (Coincidentally, it's also right around the time we returned home five yeas earlier.) I am now in the process of sending...

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Beyond San Francisco

Beyond San Francisco

We arrived in San Francisco in the early morning, rented a car and immediately proceeded to drive right back out of town. Knowing we were going to spend the bulk of our 5 days in the heart of the city without a car, we wanted to spend our first free day getting in as...

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Add Some Adventure to Your Camping Routine

Add Some Adventure to Your Camping Routine

How do you camp? Do you carry your entire campsite on your back, stand in line for permits to the backcountry? Or do you have a fancy RV that you drive to the campground and set up a home away from home where you can just chill for a week? Do you ever find yourself...

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What am I forgetting?

What am I forgetting?

Four years ago, I was busy making my way through my checklist of 1,000 things to do before our family of four set off on a round-the-world adventure for seven months, hoping I didn't forget anything. Today I am starting to plan for my first international trip without...

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Are You Living the Donut Life?

Are You Living the Donut Life?

It’s not as sweet as it sounds. “Going traveling?” the bookstore clerk asked as he rang up my Lonely Planet Book on Thailand. “As a matter of fact, I am. Heading to Thailand in a couple months,” I answered. “Ever been there?” “No, travel is not for me. I’ve never been...

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Finding Peace in Buddha’s Tooth

Finding Peace in Buddha’s Tooth

We ducked into the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Singapore to get out of the torrential tropical downpour. Well, that and because my husband is a dentist. How can you pass up a museum dedicated to a tooth when traveling with a dentist? The museum claims to...

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International Driver’s Permit — Do I Really Need One?

International Driver’s Permit — Do I Really Need One?

In preparing for our RTW trip, I decided to get an international driver’s permit. In all my research, an IDP was mentioned over and over as being important to have, although no one went into any great detail. Getting an IDP made me think I was like a secret agent and...

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