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Happy New Year!

Embarrassingly so, it’s been a long time since I posted to this. After May 27, my last post, things got quite busy for us. We bought a house, sold a condo, and are still settling into a new town. Still … Continue reading

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Avondale Bed and Breakfast

In our whirlwind trip around Ireland in September 2014, we made a one-night stop in Cork City and stayed at the Avondale Bed and Breakfast. While driving in Europe can be difficult with the tiny streets, driving on the wrong … Continue reading

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Haleakala National Park

In 1975, at the start of my parents’ year-long trip around the world, they hiked through Haleakala National Park. Forty years later they brought their kids back with their spouses to enjoy the same experience. We started planning about six … Continue reading

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Atlantic Heights Bed and Breakfast

Ireland had been on my and Blake’s list of places to see in our lifetime. We were lucky enough that 2014 was the year we finally got to see it. And for a special reason too. Thirty-nine years prior, my … Continue reading

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Alcatraz Island National Historic Landmark

I used to picture Alcatraz Island sitting off the shore of San Francisco in the Pacific Ocean, far away; however, as I found out this past July, this is not the case. Alcatraz Island actually sits in the middle of … Continue reading

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Muir Woods National Monument

I was excited to see Muir Woods this past July and experience the magic of the Redwoods again. When we had visited the Redwood National Park in 2011 it was one of the most magical experiences I’ve ever had, and … Continue reading

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2015 a new year!

This is my fifth year doing Parks & Pancakes and over the last five years I’ve been fortunate to have seen a lot around the world. I don’t always update as much I should be and I’m normally behind on … Continue reading

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Black Rock Inn

This past July we stayed at the Black Rock Inn in St. Helena, California in the Napa Valley Region. Unlike many of the places we choose to travel to, Napa Valley was swimming in bed and breakfasts. It was difficult … Continue reading

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Olympic National Park – The Mountains

The third section of the national park we visited in August 2012 was the mountains at Hurricane Ridge. We first stopped at the visitor center to learn about the area before traveling 17 miles up the road. It was a … Continue reading

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Olympic National Park – Forests

The Olympic National Park has two types of forests amongst its many types of ecosystems. The first is the rainforest and the second is the lowland forest. We visited the Hoh Rainforest first in August 2012. From Highway 101 we … Continue reading

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