Travel Bloggers Explore Utah: Home to Five USA National Parks

Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA. Photo by Kevin Wagar

Utah is a photographer’s paradise located in the western United States. It is home to five US National Parks nicknamed the Mighty 5. They are Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. Utah’s winters boast the “Greatest Snow on Earth.” The more we learn about Utah, the more we want to visit. It’s an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, […]

Tillamook: Let Me Take You Inside a Cheese Factory

Tillamook Cheese Factory tour, Tillamook Oregon USA

We knew the name Tillamook from the award winning cheeses we had purchased so many times when we lived in California. What we discovered was ice cream, creamy fudge, and cheese factory tour that blew our mind. Each day they make 171,000 pounds of cheese. Tillamook County is part of the Oregon coast. Its high rainfall, […]

Oregon Coast – A Photo Tour of Nature at its Best

Spouting Horn at Cook's Chasm in Cape Perpetua along the Oregon coast in the USA

Far away, yet right at home. It was an odd deja vu feeling as we drove down the spectacular Oregon coast. Nature’s best included cliff tops, blow holes, sea lions, and miles of wild beach. After 13 years living in New Zealand and traveling the world, I rarely feel completely at home, yet I did […]

Inside a Legal Marijuana Dispensary in Astoria Oregon

Some of the various strains of marijuana at Sweet Relief, a legal marijuana dispensary in Astoria Oregon

Curiosity took me inside Sweet Relief, the first licensed dispensary for both medical and recreational marijuana in Astoria, Oregon. The state recently changed their laws, now allowing people over the age of 21 to purchase marijuana without a prescription, although Sweet Relief caters to medicinal needs as well. Their mission, “to provide Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients […]

Astoria: Highlights of Oregon’s Northernmost Coastal Community

Rose River Inn B&B in Astoria Oregon

Astoria sits in the northwest corner of Oregon, at the base of the Columbia River. It is the first permanent settlement on the west coast. It’s an adorable city built around the fishing, lumber and fur industries, yet its main waterway holds many hazards. Astoria was our first overnight stop as we began our adventure driving the […]

Hotel Vintage to the Rescue: A Day Relaxing in Portland

Our top floor room in Hotel Vintage Portland Oregon

Having heard great things about Portland, I was excited when our train pulled in to town. The short drive to Hotel Vintage gave us a brief glimpse of this eco-friendly city. Arriving tired after several busy days in Seattle, we were glad to be staying in another Kimpton property. Our recent stay at Seattle’s Hotel Monaco raised the bar quite […]

Multnomah Falls: Another Reason to Fall in Love with Oregon

Multnomah Falls and Benson Foot bridge in Oregon

One look at Multnomah Falls and I knew why people fall in love with Oregon. It’s a short 30 mile drive east of Portland with easy parking and a short walk to this natural masterpiece on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. An Interesting Story from Wikipedia: On Labor Day in September 1995, a 400-ton boulder, loosened by erosion, fell […]

Planning Pacific Northwest Portion and Our USA Adventure

Muir Wood. Photo by Robert Couse-Baker.

We are busy planning a three part epic USA adventure, which starts in less than a month. Part 1 US Highlights:  Phoenix AZ, Chicago IL, West Palm Beach FL. Part 2 Panama Canal Cruise: Adding six countries so it’s actually much more than a USA Adventure. We have ports in Aruba, Columbia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Canada. Part […]