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Tagged With: Hiking

Possibly the best hike in Ireland

After driving for miles through the beautiful Irish countryside, we were ready to stretch our legs. The amazing landscape of Ireland beckoned us to explore it. We really wanted to go hiking in the spectacular green hills, but did not know where to go. We asked for recommendations at the Kenmare Tourist Office. One of … Continue reading »

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Land of the Medicine Buddha

Taking a Hike and Learning Dharma Along the Way Every weekend we try to explore the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. We were looking for a new hike, so I searched AllTrails.com and found a very unique one. Less than ten miles northeast of Santa Cruz, California, is Land of the Medicine Buddha. Land of the Medicine … Continue reading »

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Go Climb a Rock!

First Time Visiting Pinnacles National Park One of the neat things about moving to an unfamiliar area is that everything is new. When the seasoned natives go away during holidays, we stay local and play tourist. So, the Christmas break was a perfect time to explore the beautiful California central coast. With Aaron home for … Continue reading »

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Top 10 Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest!

“In Washington for the next three weeks, hopefully I don’t go insane from boredom!” That’s an actual post by a friend of mine from the Academy, disagreeable about their summer training assignment. As a Midshipmen, once a summer it’s required we are stationed with a ship for four weeks with an enlisted “running mate” in … Continue reading »

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The Sea to Sky Highway

Day 2 of our Squamish Family Adventure! We woke up early and headed out for more family adventure! This was the second day of our Canadian vacation in the Squamish area and we wanted to maximize every minute of it. After grabbing some coffee at the ubiquitous Starbucks, we headed for Shannon Falls. Shannon Falls … Continue reading »

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How In the World Do You Pronounce Sḵwx̱wú7mesh?

Road signs in British Columbia can be puzzling. The indigenous people’s language of western Canada is called Squamish. Many of the sounds in their language have no correlation to any other language. So, different symbols have been adopted to represent the sounds. For example, the ‘7’ in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh is called a glottal stop. I cannot even explain … Continue reading »

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Mount Ellinor and Mountain Goats

The Wild Smithberrys summited Mount Ellinor! Why? Because it’s there. This Sunday we decided to go on a family hike up into the magnificent Olympic Mountains on another family adventure. Since the weather was cool and dry, we decided on a more strenuous climb. Plus, my wife really wanted to see the much adored, and … Continue reading »

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Spring is Here!

Spring means long walks in the woods! Spring is here! The apple and cherry trees are already blossoming around Seattle and the weather is getting warmer. We did not have much of a winter anyway. I know people from the north eastern part of the country probably do not want to hear that. They are … Continue reading »

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Hiking Mount Rainier

Summer is (not) over! Although Labor Day has come and gone and school is back in session, the weather here in Seattle is definitely still summer-like. The days are warm and sunny with plenty of blue sky. That means hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest is still an awesome experience. So, we decided to take … Continue reading »

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Water Fall Spotting

Nature’s Wonders Still day two of our family travels in southern Oregon. We left majestic Crater Lake and started to head back to base camp in Roseburg, Oregon. With the beautiful lake behind us, we decided to see how many waterfalls we could visit before we got back and darkness came. Along Route 138 there … Continue reading »

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