Monthly Archives: March 2014

When in Washington, Do as the Washingtonians Do

Hiking is to Washington as wine is to my roommates. With the ease of accessibility, it’s no wonder it has recently become one of my favorite past times. Hiking trails from the Canadian border to the South of Seattle, I have fallen in love with a few trails in Western Washington.

The Oyster Dome

Located in Bellingham, this is the staple trail of the area. With a couple starting points to choose from, one can spend either a couple hours or an entire day making it to the top. No matter where you start, you will definitely want to go all the way (for many, proving nothing worth having comes easy). With picturesque views of various islands in the surrounding bay, you can even see some of the San Juan Islands on a clear day.

  

Cedar Lake, Pine Lake, Raptor Ridge

This is by far my favorite hike that I have yet to explore. Starting off with a half-mile direct incline (intended to separate the wheat from the chaff), followed by several interlocking trails to choose from. This trail has everything, from lakes to mushrooms to squirrels to mountain and bay views. There is so much to see and do on this trail, every hike is a unique experience.

Raptor Ridge  Pine and Cedar Lake Foliage   Pine Lake

Wallace Falls

Described as being one of the most beautiful hikes in Washington, the waterfalls on this trail are what make this trail so unique and majestic. Side note: After this hike I was so exhausted, I accidentally locked my keys in my trunk without thinking. So keep an eye on those bad boys!

Gold BarDJ at Wallace FallsWallace Falls

Mount Si

Arguable the most popular hike in Washington (due to its beauty and proximity to Seattle), this is the most difficult hike I have done. At the top, it is interesting to see the rush of vehicles speeding along I-5 while you are thousands of feet about them, basking in the (hopefully) sun and nature.

Mount Si

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig – St. Patty’s Day!

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On the eve of Green Beer Day, I could not be more excited for the holiday that honors the country that I lived in for a summer. For the joyous occasion, I have a few simple rules:

  • Drinking any and all combinations of Guiness and Jameson with the occasional Magner’s chaser
  • When drinking Guiness, make sure it has been poured correctly; hold the glass at a 45 degree 3/4th full, let sit until the beer has settled, then hold the glass perfectly straight, fill to the top, and enjoy!
  • Wear my special St. Patricks’ Day shirt (that two of my best friends have as well)
  • Talk in an Irish accent (albeit, not well)
  • If a bar doesn’t have bagpipes, it doesn’t have my business

This year, my celebrating has already begun, starting with spectating the Saint Patrick’s Day marathon, followed by a very green parade with a horde of bagpipes, beer and shamrocks that was sure to capture the essence that is Ireland.

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Adventuring Around the Bay

As luck would have it, the first year I make a point to go to FLEET WEEK, the government decides to shut down. But that is still not enough to sully my feelings for the wonderful San Francisco. Between the salty sea air, plethora of Irish pubs and unique architecture, what’s not to love about this city?

Although I was admittingly disappointed not to be spending several days surrounded by sexy sailors, the city itself did not disappoint. From exploring all the piers to checking out their celebrated Chinatown, I managed to leave more in like with the city than when I arrived.

Even the outskirts of the city have plenty to offer. We went to check out the coast, visiting hippie beach town Santa Cruz and my personal favorite, Capitola. From exploring the beach to walking down Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, there’s never a dull moment in the SF Bay Area!

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Computer History Museum

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