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Tagged With: United States

STOP GUN VIOLENCE NOW!

As we travel the world on our family adventures, we have to come realize that… these numbers are unacceptable: Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence: 4 are murdered 2 die from suicide Every day, 40 children and teens are shot and survive: 31 injured in an attack 1 survives a suicide attempt 8 shot unintentionally … Continue reading »

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After the Hike

Exploring Capitola After exploring and hiking in the Land of the Medicine Buddha, we went in search of food (and a coffee for me). Since the small seaside town of Capitola was nearby and we hadn’t been there before, we headed out of the forest and to the coast. Capitola is regarded as the oldest … 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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Off on Safari!

Our Anniversary at Vision Quest Ranch This September 11th marked our 23rd wedding anniversary! Who knew that twenty-three years ago we would still be putting up with each other? Ok, she puts up more with me than I do with her, but either way we are still happily together. To mark the event and celebrate … Continue reading »

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The Monterey Bay Peninsula

Sitting on the dock of the bay… Otis Redding’s classic hit was playing in my head as we headed south on Interstate 5 for the San Francisco Bay area. We decided to take an impromptu road trip to Carmel, California, for a few days to check out the area and get relief from the cold … Continue reading »

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Spring in Washington State

Tip toe, through the tulips… It’s that time of year again. We all start to quietly ask ourselves why we live here. The rain has not stopped since November and even us weather hardened Northwesterners are thinking of migrating south for sunnier climates. Everyone’s daily wardrobe consists of Gortex. Muddy shoes and pant bottoms have … Continue reading »

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In Search of the Best Mocha Latte

God must love us because he gave us the coffee bean.   We Pacific Northwesterners love coffee. After all, Starbucks was founded here in Seattle in 1971. Thanks to our obsession with the delicious brew, there are now 23,000 Starbucks coffeehouses worldwide, with 560 in Washington State! Seattle boasts 142 alone. That is one for … Continue reading »

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Keeping the Family Tradition

Congratulations Elijah! Elijah kept the family tradition alive by winning the 2016 Great Kilted Run in Seattle last Sunday! He took first place overall, not bad for 14 years old. His older brother, Aaron, won the same race back to back in 2012 and 2013. Elijah wants to win the race again to at least … Continue reading »

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The Great Kilted Run 2016!

Calling all Highlanders! It’s back! After a two year hiatus, the Great Kilted Run has returned to Seattle. Start warming up, iron your kilt, and get in the Highlands spirit for August 28th! This unique 5K is held in Magnuson Park near Sandpoint just north of the University of Washington. The Wild Smithberrys have run … Continue reading »

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