Jordan and I really didn’t want to chance any international travel with the Zika virus going around, so for our baby moon, we planned a long weekend getaway down to Moab, Utah!
I was 31 weeks along at the time, and honestly, if we would have done it any later, I don’t think I could have managed, hah! I still felt pretty good physically, and we were able to find plenty of short, easy hikes that I could handle. It really was the best weekend, I’d recommend it in a heartbeat! Read More
One of the best parts about where my parents live here in Washington are the countless trailheads just minutes from their home. The damp, mossy forests are a welcome change to the dry Utah climate we’re used to. We took Kiko out on a few hikes and she could not even contain herself. I don’t blame her.
The fun continued with a trip downtown, swinging by Pike Place and hopping on a ferry out to Bainbridge. Read More
Blogging catch up. Let’s do this.
We took a road trip up north to Washington to see my family and have an ultrasound (!!!). Read More
Well, Lake Louise is beautiful. No denying that.
And we FINALLY got our canoe ride in.
We really loved Jasper. It was hard to leave, but we had some sights we wanted to see down in Banff, so we took the last couple days we had in Canada and headed south.
Our final day in Jasper was by far my favorite.
We got up early and checked out of our cabin, which was an AWESOME place to stay. I nabbed a room last minute, without much research. And I’m glad we stayed here instead of a hotel. It was a cosy little cabin, and a perfect setting for a getaway in the woods.
We had a bit of an overcast day on our second day at Jasper National Park. We didn’t have much of an agenda for the day. At the very least, we hoped to canoe/kayak on a lake.
Well that was an unexpected blog hiatus. Sorry for the radio silence! Let’s dust off the ol’ blog with some photos from our trip up north!
We had planned a trip to Banff a while back, but as we neared our departure date, we decided to shake up our itinerary a bit. After landing in Calgary, we decided to make the 5+ hour drive a little bit further north to Jasper National Park! That was a good choice.
At first, I was a little wary of making such a long drive just after an international flight. But honestly, driving the Icefields Parkway was one of the highlights of the trip.
One of our stops as we toured Germany was a small town called Schierling, where my Grandmother lived when she was young.
We drove through the forests where my grandmother would stand guard while her mother picked mushrooms, toured the school she attended as a child, walked inside the church where she had her first communion, visited with a distant relative (who treated us handsomely to some delicious German snacks!), and (after some searching) found the home where my Grandmother grew up.
When people ask me about my trip to Germany, and what my favorite part of the trip was, I always say visiting family. My dad’s mother was born in Germany, and lived there into her teens before immigrating to America. It was fascinating to visit with relatives and imagine what life would have been like if we had been raised in Germany.
We visited my dad’s cousins and their children, shared stories and talked about how life in Germany compares to the US. The conversations were easy, like we were catching up after a long absence. They treated us to German goodies, and showed us old family photos.