Dave at the Gorge

For the longest time, I thought “Dave” and “Dave at the Gorge” were phrases that only my friends and I used to describe Dave Matthews Band and his annual weekend extravaganza at the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington State. Turns out, these two abbreviations are used everywhere by everyone who knows anything about Dave. I…

Visiting Big Sur

Most of the people in my life in the USA are on the East Coast or in Seattle, but we still hoped someone could and would somehow join us for part of the road trip. Unfortunately there is zero space in my car to take on another passenger, so that option was swiftly ruled out….

Arriving at Legitimate Adulthood in Napa

It is true that I have never been to Napa. I don’t even recall ever visiting a winery before, at all. Thirty-one years and no first-hand knowledge of wine making. Call it what you will, but I call it ridiculous and outright absurd. Funny enough, Napa was not in our original plan. As we sat…

Cheese, Camping, & California

One cannot drive down 101 on the Oregon coast and drive past the Tillamook Cheese Factory without stopping. It would be a tragedy. The cheese factory is in the town of Tillamook (obviously) and open 8am-6pm this time of year. This place rivals Disney World for what Andrew considers the happiest place in the country…

Hurricane Ridge and Kalaloch

Two places that have been on my Washington must-do list for the past several years are Hurricane Ridge and Kalaloch. And guess what? I just returned from a spectacular trip where I experienced both of them in one shot! Are you ready for this? We took the Edmonds – Kingston ferry, and proceeded to Port…