About Me



I’ve been compared to a mushroom, an awkward duck, and a garbage disposal. If you like cheese, we can be friends. Seven years ago, I started this blog because I quit my job as a communication consultant for the Washington State Department of Transportation and decided to open a new chapter of my life: making wine in Italy. I ended up in Turkey, England, Thailand, and India as well before returning home to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. I currently work as the Events Manager for The Center for Wooden Boats, a beautiful small nonprofit in Seattle focused on sharing maritime history and getting people out on the water. Check out my LinkedIn profile here!

This is a place where I document how I live my dreams and follow my passions. Whether it’s bushwhacking in the mountains, capturing life’s precious moments or trying exotic new foods, I try to make time to share them with you here. My problem is that I tend to experience so much there’s a huge backlog of entries to be written. Either way, I hope you enjoy what you find here and don’t be shy to leave a comment or feedback!


Looking for someone to capture your next special moment?

I would love to hear from you! I am always looking for new stories to share and meeting people from all parts of the world. I’ll take my camera just about anywhere, so contact me below with a description of your event, timeline, and location. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Each portion of this blog is dedicated to the incredible human beings that have shaped me to be who I am now.

Photography – is dedicated to my parents because they were the first ones to give me my first camera. It was an old Disney Mickey Mouse film camera and I would constantly go through rolls of film. And without them, I wouldn’t be alive today.

Food – is dedicated in memory of Professor Scott Silver. He is the sole reason why I started documenting my restaurant critiques. He always wanted me to have a food column called “Restaurants on the Lam(b)”. Scott was a shining example of positive encouragement even in the face of life’s most challenging moments.

Music – is dedicated to my dear friend Patrick Files. My favorite human being in the world. Hands down. Words really can’t express how much he’s changed my life.

Travel – is dedicated in memory of Jim Hartle. “Play hard and play a lot and then work hard so you can play again.” That was Jim’s motto. It took me a while to finally build up the courage to leave the country, but Jim was the start of it. I bring his memory with me in all of my travels and hope that I can carry a fraction of the charisma he had. 

Hiking – is dedicated to all of the outstanding outdoorsmen in my life. Joe Sarr, Chris DeSisto, Bill Jordan, Kevin Hood. Without you, I would still be huddled in a tent or eaten by a bear. These are some of the most respectable men I know who shared some incredible adventures in the outdoors.

This entire site – is dedicated to my high school english teacher Steve Kelly. If I had to choose a point in time in my life where I was changed forever, it would’ve been during my time spent with him. If you’re familiar with the book Tuesdays with Morrie, just imagine Mr. Kelly as my Morrie. Mr. Kelly provided me with support, confidence, and inspiration. I thank him for helping me find my passion for life and showing me the gift of living with an open heart.

Special thanks to my friends Jamie Severson who created my photography logo and Matt Hart for helping me get my site pieced together.

6 Responses

  1. Juliane & Peter says:

    Hi Sandy!

    We met in Bananas Bungalows in Thailand. Your homepage and especially your photos are phantastic! Could you send us your email again then we can send you some photos from the kayaking tour? But don’ expect picture in the quality like you have on your page…

    Best regards

    Juliane & Peter

  2. Melinda says:


    I love how you have grown and challenged yourself! Your pics and adventures are incredible! It’s inspiring to watch you (across cyberspace) stay engaged with the moment. Happy trails and I hope to see you when you return to the emerald city. Take care!!

    • Sandy says:

      Thanks Melinda! That is so sweet of you! It means the world to me to have so much support waiting for me back home! It’s been a crazy fun ride so far, and I have absolutely no regrets.

  3. Belle says:

    Hey Sandy!

    So I came across your LinkedIn comment in a feed about WWOOFing and checked out your blog and what you have done is so inspiring! As a woman, I’d love to understand how you were able to travel everywhere that you did without getting into sticky situations. I’m planning on taking a break from my career for a bit and travelling with my other female friend, but one of the things we are worried about is not having any sort of male protection. What were some of the things you ran in to? How did you make sure you were taken care of? Any and all advice on this subject matter and travelling in general would be great! Thanks!!


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