Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rock Climbing // Exit 38

Washington has been good to me this past year, and finding Adam has really changed me for the better. I used to be quite the hermit before I met him. As Jane Austen once said, "There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort," and that's a motto I used to swear by. But my my my, how things have changed and how far I've come. While I enjoy my couch + Netflix or bed + book time just as much as the next person, Washington in the summer is just too pretty; it's kind of hard not to get outside when you can. Adam has pushed me (in only the best ways) to try all these new things he loves, and I'm so grateful. :)

That being said, from time to time, I fancy a nice rock climb. There are a few great places to do this in Washington, so on Sunday, I went with a group of friends to Exit 38 for a day of climbing.

I'm still a beginner, but I'm improving! It's fun to push yourself, especially when you have friends cheering you on or helping you reach the next step from down below. :) Sunday was probably one of our last nice summer days here in Seattle before the weather turns a bit sour, so it was great being able to get out and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Summer in Washington is sooo good. It's sad saying goodbye...

If you're a climber or have ever gone rock climbing, I'd love to hear about where you've done it!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favorites // London

London is magic. I took a three day solo trip (my first time visiting) to London last month and had the most incredible time... More on that later. For now, here are some photos I found around the web that I feel highlight the beauty and wonder of the city. :)

I love this last photo! Police struggling to restrain Beatles fans outside Buckingham Palace in October, 1965.

Oh, London... I can't wait to go back! I've been dreaming about you every day since returning home. <3

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Washington State Fair

I was pretty excited to check out the Washington State Fair this year. Growing up in Wisconsin meant lots of fairs full of deep fried food. I don't think Washington's fair could top Wisconsin's in the fried food department, but I was still pretty impressed by how many food booths there were. I was looking forward to eating a deep fried Twinkie or Oreo, but by the time we found that booth (right before we left) we didn't have any cash left and didn't feel like heading back to the ATM to withdraw any. We sort of felt maxed out in the sugar department by that time, anyway... Speaking of sugar, elephant ears are so good! I think they're my new favorite junk food.

Adam was intrigued by the booth selling Russian food, so after passing it three times, we finally decided to give in and try a veggie piroshki. :) I loved watching the women make them by hand.

We spent a lot of time checking out the animals and hanging around the petting zoo. I couldn't believe they had a zebra there! I've never seen one up close before. They're so pretty.

We really want a pygmy goat... Adam was head over heels for this one, and he kept asking the woman working at the petting zoo all these questions about them. He also won't stop asking me if I'll buy one for him! :) I'd love to have our own little farm someday...

Adam was in Canada over the weekend on a mountain biking trip with a friend. On our way to the fair, we noticed there was a butterfly flapping around in the bed of his truck. Adam thinks he must have hitched a ride all the way from Canada! So, at the end of the night, we let him go before heading home. Hmm, is that illegal...?

I really enjoyed the fair. I feel like I haven't spent much time with Adam this summer because we've both been doing some traveling for our jobs, so it was really nice spending the day together. He left yesterday on another two week work trip to Asia and I'm missing him already... 

Have you ever been to a state fair? What's your favorite fried food?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Moab, Utah

​Adam and I took a four day trip back in March to Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Of course I never got around to posting the pictures from Utah, so here they are! Only five months later... ;)

Adam lived in Moab for a year, teaching adult education for Americorps. We stayed a night at his former boss's beautiful home and had breakfast the next morning with his friend Kyle at the Love Muffin Cafe where Adam used to frequent.

Utah was gorgeous and definitely my favorite place we visited on our Southwest trip. I camped at Arches National Park when I was 15 or so, but other than that, I've never really gotten a chance to explore much of the state. The colors of the rocks and mountains in Utah are so breathtaking! I loved driving down roads that seemed to lead nowhere and spotting animals along the way.

There's something really special about Utah. I think a return trip is already in the works for January and I can't wait. :)