We recently had the opportunity to take a family vacation to the Pacific Northwest. This sweet corner of the US has been a longtime favorite for my husband and me, but we were really looking forward to taking the girls there. We absolutely love traveling with them, who, with their own cameras in hand, are always up for an adventure! We covered an impressive (if I may say so myself) amount of ground and because there is just SO.MUCH.TO.SEE there, we were never in the car for more than 2 hours at a time because we always found something else to peek our interest. Again, perfect for kids.
One of our family bucket list items is to see as many national parks as possible, together. Last month, we checked three more (plus one historic NP sight) off our list - Mt. Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades and Lewis and Clark! It's getting hard for me to pick a favorite because they are all just breathtaking in their own way...but I have to say, Olympic is right up there at the top. Mountains + the ocean + the rainforest... I'd be pretty hard pressed to find anything else that encompasses so much beauty in one protected space.
We were also so lucky to visit Portland, Seattle and the areas along the Columbia Gorge such at Multnomah Falls and Hood River. A portion of the trip of our trip that was extra special, not only because we were with great friends, but also because the very ground we walked on was recently making headlines as firefighters fought for days to save it. While so much burned, I'm so relieved that the falls and it's lodge were spared.
To my friends who haven't ventured into this part of the world, I can't recommend it enough. We all left a little piece of our heart there.
This is the longest blog post ever, and it's just a few highlights from the trip.