Airport Bingo

If you travel by air at all, you will have experienced the pure joy that is interacting with a billion different people in an entirely stressfree situation… Likely not. Instead, you’ve probably spent more time than you want to navigating through a maze of a building, with a population that is 98% grumpy, at a time of day that you most likely only spend in bed. Today’s post is a way to see the positive and fun in air travel, and will hopefully give you something to do in the case that your battery is dying- airport bingo!

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Travel Thursday, Fort Casey and Fort Ebey

Port Townsend was my last full day in Washington, and we were actually able to hit a few different spots throughout the day. I’ve come to realise that Washington is full of many, many state parks. I have also come to realise that Washington’s history is actually pretty diverse than what I originally thought- not just a later developing west coast area, but rather rich with military and maritime history. It doesn’t hurt that most of these parks are gorgeous forests with spectacular ocean views… While I wouldn’t spend a whole day in either of these parks (if you are outdoorsy, you might), it was wonderful to take some time to see what they were about!

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Travel Thursday, Port Townsend

On the last day of my trip to see M, we took the ferry over to Port Townsend to see it. Every single person who had been there told me that I absolutely had to visit if I had the chance, and I’m glad that I listened to everyone! It is a beautiful and picturesque sea-side town that has a charm and peace not often found. The town was officially founded by Americans in 1851, and grew rapidly for the next few decades. Growth petered off in the 1890s. As such, much of the surviving original architecture is in the Victorian style so prominent during the town’s growth and prosperity. We stayed on the main street, but I would love to explore more of the town whenever I have a chance to go back!  Continue reading

Travel Wednesday… Bark at the Park!

I flew out to see M nice and early on 9 August- why did I pick such an early flight? Because we had tickets to Bark at the Park with the Seattle Mariners that evening! M told me about it four or five months ago, and ever since I have been obsessed with bringing Daisy to see the Mariners. She is tiny and well-behaved and loves exploring, so it seemed like the perfect night out for her. She had never really been in the city- it was time for her to be a Westie About Town!  Continue reading

Favourite Places, Canmore and Banff proper

We were able to spend some time just wandering through Banff and Canmore due to the rain in the mountains. I’m not sure that I would want to live there, it seems quite expensive and you would have to go into Calgary quite often to shop, but it would be nice to visit more often. It’s got that quintessential mountain town feeling- like it’s you and nature and a restaurant or two. They really embrace their history, it’s nice to see! 
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Favourite Places, Fenland Loop (Banff)

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Banff; it was peaceful, relaxing, and a chance to get out into nature again! Banff is bigger than some of the other mountain towns but you are never terribly far from nature when you want it. Because Loki and I mostly relaxed in the hotel room while my dad and brother were skiing, we knew we wanted to take him on a longer hike in the afternoon. It wasn’t raining at all, and was a perfect 14°C!

Fenland Loop, Banff,Travel Thursday

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When Loki and I strolled to Moose and Squirrel

Although it rained for most of our Banff trip, it was beautiful on the first morning while the boys were away skiing. I mean, sun shining, birds singing, grass green as can be beautiful. Loki was getting a little restless, and we needed to be away from the room for at least half an hour for the cleaning women. Enter: walkies!  Continue reading

Favourite Places, St. James’ Pub (Banff)

Everyone in my family always raves about St James’ Pub in Banff. I was skeptical- I lived in Dublin for a year, you don’t really find better pubs than Dublin. We headed straight here after we checked into our hotel on the Friday night of the long weekend! After a 14 hour drive, it was lovely to take a bit of a walk down the strip to get to the pub. Continue reading

The Perfect Travel Gift?

If you are like me, you like to find gifts for people when you travel! However, that can be expensive, confusing to decide on something, and difficult to fit in your suitcase when you go home. However, after many, many trips, I have finally found a good gift for friends…. Continue reading

Favourite Places, (a tiny bit of) Banff

As you probably know, I just got back from a 5 day trip to Banff! Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park was originally created as a getaway for people wanting to partake in the hot springs in Sulphur Mountain. The town slowly developed, along with a few mines. It is now known mostly for the amazing skiing! Continue reading