Skagway Brews and Local Eats

Ok I know not everyone can have the amazing King Crab feast or crab cakes Ryan cooked up for us, so I’ve compiled some mini reviews of some of the places I ate while staying in Skagway. Skagway Brewing Company Being a true blue PNW girl, I stopped by Skagway Brewing Company. While much of …

Skagway Walkabout

One of the reasons why I dislike short vacations is that not only do you have to be efficient with your time, but if something goes wrong (which it usually does), your options to try again are limited. Unfortunately, our first full day in Skagway was interrupted by the worst weather Skagway had seen all …

Skagway, Alaska

You would think after swimming through seas of people in India, that I wouldn’t be so unnerved by large amounts of people, but I guess I wasn’t excepting to feel that way in Alaska. Because it is rather unnerving to see 10,000 people descend on a small town of 1,000 people in a matter of …

Taste of the Valley 2015

It’s not everyday you get asked to photograph your favorite restaurant in Seattle at a special event. I’m pretty sure if I could do this for the rest of my life, I would be the happiest. Taste of the Valley combines everything I love in one place. Every year, The Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance puts …

Wild Alaska

Feel the crisp, clear air. Take a deep breath. Listen to the billowing winds, close your eyes and it feels like you might be standing on the edge of the world. Ah….ALASKA…a relief from the seemingly relentless Seattle summer heat this year. After a good two minutes of this bliss, a gust of wind reminded …

4 Peaks Music Festival

Being that I wouldn’t get to be with the boys for Summer Meltdown this year, I was beyond ecstatic I was able to join them for 4 Peaks Music Festival in Bend, Oregon. It’s basically the perfect size festival. One main stage, one small stage, a few food and merchant vendors…lots of hula hooping. It …

New Orleans Round Two

Since the magical moment I fell in love with New Orleans (it only took one night), a piece of my heart yearned to be back, yet knew it wouldn’t be long before I would be. Lucky for me, one of my best friends is getting married this year and she chose New Orleans for her …

Arcade Lights 2015

You know how it goes. Food and fun! And we raised $66,000 for the market in just a few hours! Learn more from the Pike Place Foundation!    This girl and her dad were the cutest pizza slingers and were a hit all night! I miss living across the street from them.          …

Heels to the Hardwood: Promo Shoot

I’ve never done a band promo shoot, but the boys needed one and I guess that’s where I came in! I think they were pretty fun 🙂 I know everyone wants serious drama band photos but I just think the guys look so sweet with their smiles. 🙂 The next series was hilarious. We found …

‘Cause I’m Just a Girl in a World…

But you’re JUST a woman, single, and young! How/Why are you here? You don’t know HOW many times I heard one of these words with that exact question while I was traveling. It kind of still amazes me that people have such a hard time I could be any of these three AND traveling, let …

Welcome Lucia!

My lovely friend’s Alicia and Derek…made a lovely beautiful girl. And she is precious. I can’t wait to watch her grow up in the world. Like me!

Andrew and Susy Benefit

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, but one of the things I love about the Seattle music scene is the great comradery. Everyone wants to see each other succeed. When a terrible fire tore through Andrew and Susy’s apartment after the holidays, everyone banded together to keep these two afloat while they …

American Whiskey Snobs, Have No Fear, Westland is Here!

Forgive this naive whiskey lady, but enjoy a personal experience learning about one of Seattle’s fastest growing trends, and believe it or not, it’s NOT BEER. But there is Filson, and you can’t hide from the plaid and beards. Enter…Whiskey. Many of you foodie trendsters may already roll your eyes at this new, but what …

We are 12 – Lake 22 and Granite Mountain

To wish our boys luck I carried a 12th man flag to finish the season. Lake 22 The best part was when I found out someone recognized me from twitter days later! Apparently it worked because the guys went on to win the NFC Championship in an EPIC battle. So naturally, we made another trek …

2014 – Taking Chances and Learning to Focus

What a crazy year it’s been. Once again I’m amazed how many things can happen to you to in a year and how fast relationships can grow and disappear.  I pretty much sucked at blogging this year, and for that, I can terribly sorry, but I am hoping to get caught up over the next week …

A Walk on the Wild Side

There is no doubt that Patagonia offers anything less than stellar experiences for nature lovers of all levels. From mountains to wildlife, Patagonia has it all. Over the last couple of weeks we experienced some incredible views form mountain tops and from the icebergs on the water. It wasn’t until we got to Ushuaia when …

Sunset Supper 2014

What an honor it was to be one of the main photographers for one of Pike Place Market’s biggest events of the year! Sunset Supper, is every Seattlite’s foodie dream. For one night, the streets of Pike Place Market close down early and 1,400 people gather to taste some of the market’s staple offerings as …

Alicia and Derek’s Wedding

I met Alicia during my days at WSDOT, and when times got tough, I just walked across the floor and found her mischievous eyes peeking out from a cubicle wall. As I got closer, her beaming smile always made my day. We became fast friends outside of work and I looked up to Alicia. We’re …

The End is Over – My First Album Art!

Five years ago we said goodbye to The Senate. What was intended on a one time Senate reunion after 5 years, sold out The Tractor in a couple days, and the guys ended up turning it into a mini reunion, summer tour and all! What fans also didn’t know was the band was planning on releasing another …

Silver Lakes

Backpacking seriously never gets old. You can climb mountains upon mountains in the Cascades or in the Olympic National Forest and every view is just as breathtaking as the peak before it. We are just so damn lucky in the Pacific Northwest. While I had been anticipating another trip to the coast over 4th of …

When The Wizard Comes to Sasquatch!

Click. Click. Click. Type. Type. Type. It’s a typical work day until my phone starts buzzing and a big smile comes across my face. Because that’s what you do when Ryan Henry Ward calls you. Always smile. And feel warm and fuzzy. We don’t normally talk on the phone so even though I’m in the …

One Year of Being Home

Today is Mother’s Day. Besides the general I am thankful for my mom, who has gone through more than I could ever imagine to have to go through in my life, I am so thankful for everything in my life now. Today also marks the year that I have been home since my travels. It …

Returning Home: The Realities of Relationships

Ok after all my vague posts about being at home…These are my honest feelings on my adjustment to being home. Be warned: it’s long. And it’s a diary. But I guess I’m not good enough of a writer to succinctly tell you my lessons without giving you the whole back story…so here we go… Nothing …