Category Travel

Place You Have to Visit: The Olympic Peninsula

Labor day weekend is upon us, and while some of us already have travel plans (weddings, weddings, SO MANY weddings), some of you might still be hunting for something to do. Have no fear: I travel for you so you know the best places to go, things to see, and extremely nerdy tours that I […]

How to Not Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

1) Don’t take any practice hikes. You grew up hiking,and it’s basically just walking anyway. 2) Read a book about deaths in Yellowstone. Focus especially on the people killed by bears. Become convinced that if you spill even a little bit of food on your clothes, or wear deoderant, a bear will literally drag you […]

Business Travel

When I first graduated, I had a vague idea of what I hoped to do with my degrees in Anthropology and Political Science, and an even hazier view of the path ahead. One of the things I wanted most was a job where I got to travel — put on my suit, wheel my little […]

California: Not the Worst Place Ever

I moved to California with all the usual Oregonian bias: Californians are materialistic, money-obsessed bad drivers.  I came fully planning to dislike California.  Never in my life did I expect to live in California.  Then I got a job offer I couldn’t pass up and moved here.  I wouldn’t call myself a Californian yet, but […]

The Story I’m Not Allowed to Tell

When I was in 8th grade I won a limo lunch. That’s all I have to say, and my friends start ducking me. They groan, “Nooooo.” They cover their ears. My guy says, “I thought you weren’t going to tell this story anymore.” The Limo Lunch Story, they call it. I don’t even have to […]

Dino Road Trip

It’s no secret that we at The Friendship Shore like dinosaurs.  An eight hour round-trip drive (with only a MIKA CD to keep us entertained) to Prehistoric Gardens–Oregon’s dinosaur themed roadside attraction–proves our dedication to seeking out the best dinosaur experience since the Mesozoic era.  With the help of Minnie’s mad research skills, I put […]