Washington D.C. Monuments by Moonlight

Lincoln Memorial

A few months ago at the end of May, around Memorial day weekend, I traveled to the Washington D.C. area in the east coast of the United States. Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer when most Americans are enjoying the sun and throwing BBQ parties. But this year I did no such thing. Instead, I did what the holiday intended. I used the holiday weekend to reflect and remember America’s fallen heroes. In fact, I actually took part in an annual seminar for military survivors – those that have lost a loved one who served in the U.S. … Click to Read & View Photos

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U.S. Open at Chamber’s Bay

Chamber's Bay

At the beginning of summer, Michelle Wie broke through her own setbacks as she finally won a major professional golf championship by taking the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina. Meanwhile, Chambers Bay Golf Course, on the other side of the United States, at University Place, Washington prepares for their turn to host this prestigious golf tournament in 2015. And it is clear that they are preparing for their time to shine. Chambers Bay is distinctive public golf course owned and operated by Pierce County in Washington state. It is flanked by the waters of the Puget Sound on … Click to Read & View Photos

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Papailoa Beach Sea Turtles

Papiloa Beach Girl with Turtle

O’ahu’s north shore has been blessed and plagued by popularity. Blessed because it’s such a beautiful area that it attracts so many people. Plagued because of this attractions, that its once country vibe is now a bit more touristic. After all, it has been the setting to many movies, television shows, and world-class surfing. But between all the attractions still sits a few secluded places to feel free of civilization. One of these spots is Papa’iloa beach. A place I frequent for deep contemplation. And I get to share the space with the wild Hawaiian sea turtles who call this … Click to Read & View Photos

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Kitesurfing at Tarifa

Kitesurfing in Tarifa

Travels Beyond the U.S.A. – Spain The weather was hot and dry at the bus terminal in Malaga, a major transportation hub in Andalucia, Spain located along the Mediterranean sea. We all stood there looking at each other as we waited for the bus heading southwest to Algeciras. I didn’t know what to expect at my final destination. I mostly choose it as an arbitrary home base for the next few weeks because I wanted to go to Morocco, which would be nearby. I was told after the fact that Algeciras was actually one of the most dangerous cities in … Click to Read & View Photos

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Remembered

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Through the Years (2)

Recently my friend Heather called me, and in her excited hush voice she left a message on my voice mail and said, “Sherry, guess where I am at? Well, you probably know. It’s mid-April in Washington and of course I’m at the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley. But there’s hardly any tulips this year! Just small gardens.” When I lived in Washington state, almost every year since learning about the Tulip Festival, a group of my friends and I would travel about an hour north from the Seattle metro area to a small town called, Mount Vernon. The town is … Click to Read & View Photos

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Canoeing the Everglades

Everglades Aligator

Muggy! It’s that feeling that propels you to want to die because it hurts to keep on living. The air is almost too thick to breathe. Your sweat is sweating. And mysterious bugs feast on your blood. All while the sun’s rays are beating so harshly on your skin that it feels like it’s piercing right through it. This is how the state of Florida feels most of the year. And even more so in its natural wetlands, which covers much of the southwestern part of the state. This is the the Everglades. It’s not an ideal environment for those … Click to Read & View Photos

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Secluded at Spitting Caves

Spitting Caves

Hawai’i Kai is arguable the most affluent community on O’ahu, Hawai’i’s most populous and richest island. The craggy and lush Ko’olau mountains flank one side of this community, while the vast and blue Pacific ocean flank the other. Homes in this area of the island are typically in the million dollar (USD) range. But, despite being the home to the lucky 1% of the island’s residents, anyone on O’ahu can still take advantage of this area. This is because in between these beautiful mansions there are several access pathways to sandy beaches and lookout points. In Hawai’i all of its … Click to Read & View Photos

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Chihuly Garden, Color Me Beautiful

Chihuly Glass Museum6

Dale Chihuly’s glass works have for many years put me at awe. And so I was very excited to learn, when I was back in Seattle for a few months after being a away for a while, that his works is now featured in a new-ish (at least new for me) museum and garden which opened in 2012. And what better place to put it than at the foot of the Space Needle. Finally, I thought, his work have come home. Chihuly is a western Washington native whose work is showcased in hundreds of museums and establishments around the world. … Click to Read & View Photos

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Mystified in the Aspen Woods

Aspen Woods

The beauty of autumn is in its colors. Parts of the state of Colorado, in the high desert of the United States, is covered by these cold weather but sun craving trees. Tall and thin, they cover a lot of what is mostly barren land. During late summer and early fall, a drive through any one of the aspen forest within the state promises to be a gorgeous road trip. Most of the year the vegetation here will be sparse, but during prime time, wildlife and wildflowers will blanket much of the landscape. Just remember to be prepared for ears … Click to Read & View Photos

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Alaska’s Polar Bears

Polar Bear in Alaska

Alaska’s polar bears are a slowly disappearing breed, sadly much like the rest of the world population. But there are still several thousand left roaming and living freely in the central to northern parts of the state, which boast one of the harshest environment in the country. Though, I have yet to see them wild. And this photo, while it does appear to be in the wild, is actually a taxidermy of this creature who once roamed freely in these lands. The polar bear’s contrasting ferociousness and beauty are remarkably captured for all eternity. This taxidermy was found in the … Click to Read & View Photos

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