Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Ian and Maya and the Golden Gate Bridge

Yesterday Ian detailed the ins and outs of our whirlwind day in San Francisco.  Today, some pictures to go along – our favorites from an all too short tour of a colorfully energetic city.

Vital Tea in San Francisco's China Town

After a lengthy retreat with nothing to do and nowhere to be on the Oregon Coast, our time in the San Francisco Bay Area was far too short, the list of sights far too long to possibly scratch the surface of. We have commented multiple times since our departure that we may have covered a … Read more

US Highway 101

Two weeks ago we drove down the Pacific Coast from Florence, Oregon to Eureka, California along US Highway 101 with a stop in the Redwoods on our way to San Francisco. Though Google maps recommends I-5 as the fastest route, we opted for the scenic option and headed south with large conifers towering above us … Read more

Ian in Stout Grove

Location: Northern Coastal California Nearest Towns: Crescent City, CA (population 7,600) Established: State Parks in the 1920s National Park on October 2, 1968 Area: 131,983 acres, including 37 miles of coastline Hours and Fees: Always open and free to enter! Campground fees are $35 vehicle per night, $5 per hiker/biker per night, and $8 per vehicle for day use only. … Read more

Salutations on the Pacific Coast

Of all of the places in our sights when we began the painfully short North American portion of our adventure, we ignorantly viewed the Oregon Coast as one of the more expendable stops. It sounded great and all, but we didn’t really have a specific place in mind and time was a hot commodity. Interestingly, … Read more

Downtown Seattle

First of all, that last name is just crazy fun to say. Let’s try it together. Mat-ee-oh-nees. Feels nice on the tongue, doesn’t it? Ian and I had already spent time enjoying Seattle together in 2008 and therefore elected not to commit an extended amount of days there this time through. We were, however, ecstatic … Read more


Vancouver is a world class city, and is perennially ranked among the world’s “most liveable” cities by various publications and organizations (though it should be noted that it is also rated as a very expensive city). Once one has seen the city’s distinctive glass skyline, it is hard to forget. It is large enough to … Read more

Tera's Beer

It took us five empty-handed trips into neighborhood convenience stores to get the feeling that something was amiss. How hard can it be to find a six pack in a world class city like Vancouver? Harder than you might think. By our fifth failure we asked and were pointed to the liquor store a few … Read more

Stanley Park Seawall

In a city as vertical as Vancouver, large amounts of park space and protected natural land can be difficult to conceive of.  Stanley Park goes beyond a plot of land at the edge of a city or the creation of a renowned landscape architect though.  Donning accolades and attractions, the park welcomes some 8 million visitors … Read more


From Brianna: I’m going to tell you something reasonably embarrassing about myself so bear with me here as I apprise you of my ignorance. Until last Thursday, when I thought of Yellowstone National Park, the extent of my mental picture could genuinely be described as Yogi’s Jellystone Park complete with trees and park rangers and … Read more