September 21, 2013


Exploring Seattle

First and foremost, I'd like to apologize for the time that has passed since my last post, but I'm happy to report it's because I've been so busy settling in at my new job in Seattle!

I'm happy to have found a position doing what I love in such a unique part of downtown, but I'll get more into that later... This post is about Ryan and I's explorations of the city.

Now that we have our routine down at home and are getting around more and more every day (without the aid of our GPS), we decided to make some time this weekend in between our hectic schedules to explore.

We started our day out on the Interurban Trail, which runs through our city and connects with Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds and Shoreline, and finally runs down to Seattle. On the long hike we saw some beautiful fall foliage and even encountered our first wildlife in the state (squirrels and snakes).

By the afternoon, the sun was still bright and shining and we thought we'd go enjoy what might be the last sunny day in Seattle before our fall weather hits. We found ourselves in Queen Anne at Kerry Park which has the best unsurpassed views of the Seattle skyline.

We relaxed there for awhile, soaking up the sun, the weather and the view before heading home. We still can't believe how lucky we are to be living in this majestic city!

All in all, it was a great day and we can't wait to continue exploring Seattle and sharing our stories with you!

Until next time.

September 3, 2013


The Puget Sound

Having been in the Northwest close to a month now, Ryan and I agree that living near The Puget Sound shoreline has been one of the best decisions we have made thus far in Washington. Most days, we can wake up and smell the salt in the air, but our favorite part of the day is when the sun is shining and we get to drive home and see glimpses of the Sound through the evergreen trees.

Needless to say, when Ryan and I have a morning or afternoon off, it's almost guaranteed that we will be somewhere at the Sound, hiking or having a beach day together. Labor Day was no different.

Thus far, we've had the opportunity to enjoy the beaches from Seattle to Edmonds, so we thought we would go to a beach a bit further north over the Labor Day holiday. 

We found ourselves at the Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo (that we now know how to pronounce correctly), which did not disappoint.

Upon arrival, we immediately noticed how sandy the beach was compared to some of the rockier beaches we had hiked.

We loved the shoreline walkway which allowed us see the whole area in a short period of time.

I loved taking photo of wildflowers growing along the beach and the ferries in the Sound, and was lucky enough to capture a shot of Mt. Rainier, which is always exciting to us (and seemingly to most Seattleites), as it only appeared from behind the clouds 83 times out of 366 days in the year last year.

All in all, we had a great Labor Day relaxing at the Lighthouse Park and can't wait to go back to cookout and use the fire pits at the beach!

September 1, 2013


Our New Backyard

Ryan got the phone call we had been waiting for and accepted his job in Seattle on a Monday afternoon.

By the following Monday, we had packed up as much of our things as we needed, said goodbye to our family and friends in Phoenix and jumped in the car, set off on the road and were already approaching Seattle.

We arrived in Seattle on Monday evening and only had a few days to get a lay of the land and visit the areas we were hoping to live in, as he was scheduled to begin work at his new job in downtown Seattle that Wednesday, and I had to tie up loose ends in Phoenix and go back to work on Thursday.

We visited as many places as we could in Seattle during that time and ended up settling down in a quiet community in Edmonds, which we love because of it's proximity to everything we need.

One of our favorite things about where we live is just how close we are to the beaches in the area.

The closest beach to us is located at Meadowdale Beach Park, about five minutes away from our home (it's practically our new backyard). Once you're there, it's about a 1-1/4 mile walk through the Meadowdale Park to the beach.

The park is full of giant trees, ferns and other lush greens and the trail follows a stream to the Puget Sound which is home to a lot of wildlife, particularly migrating salmon.

 (Which we're hoping to see when it's time for them to make their way to the Sound).

Once you get to the beach, there are the most beautiful views of the water with the Olympic Mountains in the background.

It's a perfect place to sit down, relax and enjoy a book!

We look forward to continuing to explore the area, and will be sure to post about it when we have the opportunity.

Stay tuned!
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