THE GULF ISLANDS, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Brent and I took the ferry to Victoria BC, where we spent a few days eating at our favorite places. We then drove North and took the ferry island hopping. We finished our trip outside of Vancouver, on a white water rafting trip. It's always nice visiting BC, because we have so many memories there.
GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA
Brent, myself, and my whole family flew to Costa Rica for a week for my cousins wedding. We stayed at a resort on the Pacific side, which is considered the farming/cowboy territory. We went zip-lining through canyons, saw sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach, and ate guacamole for B/L/D.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Brent and I spent a week in San Fransisco. We saw almost every major tourist attraction while circumnavigating the city on foot. We ate at some of the best restaurants I have ever been. During the last half we rented a car and drove to Napa Valley and drank wine, and ate wood fire pizza in the most adorable little town.
My friend Genevieve and I spent 4 days in Mexico for her bachelorette party. We stayed at the Hotel Capella in Ixtapa. We had a room over looking the ocean with a private swimming pool with water that flowed off of the balcony. It was there that I had the best margarita and fish tacos of my life. By far, the best resort I have ever stayed. I highly recommend it, if you are looking to splurge.
MT ST HELENS, WA
Five of my friends and I decided to pack 3 days worth of food, a few supplies, a tent, and sleeping, and circumnavigated Mt St Helens on foot. It was one of the most challenging and strenuous things that I have done in my life.
DECEPTION PASS, WA
On the weekends, Brent and I like to travel around Washington State exploring, hiking, camping. Deception Pass is one of our favorite places to visit.
TURKEY (part 2)
Genevieve, Jag, and I left Istanbul and followed the Mediterranean sea West. We went to Cappidocia to sea the caves and to take a hot air balloon ride. We went to Olympos near the ruins and bright turquoise water, swam and chilled with the hippies. We stopped in Kas, and later Pamukkale where we dipped our tour in the bright blue water of the salt minerals.
TURKEY (part 1)
Genevieve and I met up with our friend Jag in Istanbul. We spent a week, running around the city, visiting the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market, the Blue Mosque, other tourist attractions, drinking tea with locals, dancing until 4am, shopping on Istiklal St, and eating. So much eating.
CROATIA (part 3)
From the Istria Penninsula, Genevieve and I took a bus and a few boats to the island of Hvar, the island of Korcula, and then to Dubrovnik. All three places were so magical and special in their own way. Croatia is such a wildy diverse and beautiful country.
CROATIA (part 2)
Genevieve and I took a bus from Zagreb, the capitol, to the Istria Peninsula. Similar in landscape to the region of Tuscany, olive groves, vineyards, rolling hills, and tiny castles. We rented a car for a day and toured the area, visiting the smallest town in the world, Hum, small villages, and the beach. I also ate ice cream every day around noon.
CROATIA (part 1)
Genevieve and I flew from Paris to Croatia, and stayed in the city of Zagreb. From there we took a day trip to the Plitvice Lakes. One of the most beautiful places in the world. The food in Zagreb was outstanding. The people were friendly. The music scene was very much alive. Each morning there was a fairly large farmers market with the sweetest figs, and the most delicious raspberries.
Genevieve and I started our 2 month backpacking trip in Paris, visiting with her Aunt. We were fortunate enough to stay with her in an ideal location across from the Arch de Triomphe. We ate out a few times, but mostly we picked up fresh bread, croissants, cheese, fresh fruit from the market, and made dinner at home. Her aunt made us moule e frites, pasta with clams, a perfect quiche. I made an apricot galette, and a fig and mascarpone tarte. We walked the city by day, and drank wine at night. It was perfect.
CAYE CAULKER, BELIZE (part 2)
While in Caye Caulker we took a few day trips - a boat ride to the Lamanai Ruins. Toured the manatee reserve at Swallow Caye. Snorkeled near the tiny island Goff's Caye, a 5 hour boat ride from the shore.
CAYE CAULKER, BELIZE (part 1)
Brent, myself, my family, and his, flew to the tiny island of Caye Caulker, rented a condo, and spent a week swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise sea, white sandy beaches, untouched coral, wildlife, sea creatures, and ate an endless supply of rice and beans. The seafood was fresh, served all day long, and absolutely amazing.
We flew from Peru to Ecuador, to the city of Quito, where we took a small commercial flight to the Galapagos Islands. We stayed on the islands of San Cristobal and Isabela. Instead of taking a 7 day guided boat trip around the archipelego, we decided to spend time on land with the locals and immerse ourselves in the wildlife, taking occasional day trips.
Brent and I met up with our friend Jag in Peru. We started our trip in the Sacred Valley, in the small town of Pisac, then to Ollantaytambo where we took the train to Aguas Caliente to hike Machu Picchu. Before leaving Peru, we spent a few days in the city of Cusco, wandering the streets, and eating some pretty fantastic vegetarian food.