The way is always up…the Tour du Mont Blanc

It was evident by morning #3. We would get up in unison, as multiple Garmins and phones chimed, every morning at 6am. Breakfast was normally at 7am, which in France always consists of fresh baked bread, apricot jam and so much butter. Then we would look for the route. It doesn’t take long to realize …

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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: A Morning at RoozenGaarde

Oh, how I want a garden. Is there anything more joyful and refreshing than walking through rows of flowers? Feeling the mud beneath your rainboots, while the scent of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth wafts through the air. The brightness of each bud reminding you that a new season is upon us – one of growth, …

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Can I really call myself a runner? (and how I found my mantra)

My love of running began several years ago when I finally found the right stride and strike that worked for my body. Everything changed that year, and running was no longer something that brought me pain and shame, but something that brought me freedom and opportunity. The freedom to get out on an open road, …

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And so the tradition begins…the Wreath Workshop with Twig & Vine

The Christmas wreath is rich in history, yet above all, it is universally known as a symbol of welcome, warmth and guaranteed hospitality. Displayed on the front door, or perhaps even above the hearth, it is a traditional centerpiece that brings a sense of sentimental reassurance each time our gaze falls upon it. From pine, …

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A Workshop for the Soul: Making Wreaths and Spreading Kindness

We are lucky to live in an area that has an incredible community of small businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives who share a passion for what they do. They also lift up others in the community, with compassion and generosity. And it’s definitely the season for it.  When Marryn of The Farmhouse Flower Farm posted an …

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Emergency preparation for EVERY hike

Being a 911 dispatcher gives a raw view on life, as we are presented with every kind of unexpected and terrifying situation a person can find themselves in.  One of the more common calls we get, especially in the Pacific Northwest which is abundant in extraordinary mountainous terrain, is for Search and Rescue. Sometimes its young hikers who are …

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