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 on the east coast of the United States. Memorial Day, a holiday in America, marks the unofficial start of summer when most Americans are enjoying the sun and throwing BBQ parties in backyards, at the lakes, or around beaches throughout the country. 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 (military) heroes. In fact, I actually took part in an annual seminar … 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 during my visit 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 … 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


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 (6)

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 one of the most affluent neighborhood 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. Houses in this area are typically big. But, despite being the home to the lucky few 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 coastline belongs to the public. Actually, they … Click to Read & View Photos

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Chihuly Garden, Color Me Beautiful

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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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Sleepless in Seattle’s Houseboats

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The bustling but beautiful city of Seattle has been my home for most of my adult life. I did the math when I wrote this post, and in fact a decade has already passed since I first landed on this crafted coffee craving and grunge band making town. I was a lot more fearless back then. So fearless that I made a permanent move without even the slightest hesitation. I knew practically no one in the city. I didn’t even have a job waiting for me. My nearest relative would be thousands of miles away. And I only had but … Click to Read & View Photos

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Dothan Hails the Peanut

Peanut Plant

The National Peanut Festival is a typical American fair held every year in Dothan, Alabama similar to countless number of others all over the United States. Or, is it? Dothan, Alabama is for me a town deeply rooted in nostalgia. This is the place where my parents and I stayed at when my brother Don, got his wings and became a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot at nearby Fort Rucker. Back then we were all very proud of him, especially since he was almost the youngest in his class (someone beat him by a year and a half). It’s been … Click to Read & View Photos

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Fall at Paradise

"Fall at Paradise" - A place on the foot of Mount Rainier, always beautiful, but especially during the autumn months.

It seems like just yesterday I was wishing for summer to arrive. Now it has come and passed. And my favorite season of the year is finally here! Fall, or more officially, autumn is in the early stages of gracing the northern hemisphere with its bountiful colors and pleasant weather. My dad Leo and I welcomed the start of the season by climbing up towards the wilderness to my most favorite alpine location in the world: Mount Rainier National Park in the evergreen state of Washington. And as expected, it is beautiful! Because this park is within the “evergreen” state, … Click to Read & View Photos

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Death Valley’s Natural Beauty

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The long empty roads of the southwest United States within the Mojave desert of California are surrounded by barren but beautiful landscapes that leads mostly to small towns with big claims. In Baker they have the tallest thermometer in the world. While nearby in Barstow is Rainbow Basin, which has a collection of the most colorful rocks I’ve seen anywhere in the United States. My first time in the Mojave was when I was in college on a class trip to study its rocks. But this time I returned to see the lowest point in North America, its surrounding salt … Click to Read & View Photos

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