that one night I saw Pearl Jam in Seattle

Wednesday night, this girl from the small town of West Winfield, New York witnessed Pearl Jam performing live at Safeco Field in Seattle. My brain is still processing the fact that it really did happen. As a teenager, I used to listen to songs from Ten, VS, Vitalogy alone in my bedroom or with friends…

Neighborhood Favorites

Two weeks ago marked one year back in Seattle, back where I belong. One of the fastest years of my life. Most days, I can’t believe we are truly home again. During four years away, my love and longing for Seattle made its way back into my heart. Sure, the winter was tough and there…

Celebrating 4th of July at Seabrook

Leading up to the holiday, a good friend was explaining how the 4th of July was her most favorite holiday. I say she was explaining it because I needed all the details in my attempt to fully understand how that could possibly be anyone’s favorite holiday. What about Thanksgiving, Christmas, even Halloween? As she described…

Hike to Goat Lake

The days are long but summer is always way too short. It is early July which means next it will be Labor Day and then five minutes later will be Christmas. Mark my words. Plus with so much sadness, cruelty, negativity in the world everywhere we turn, my answer is, and basically for any situation…

Montana

The most important lesson I’ve learned since returning to the northwest is to a) check the weather b) expect it to change at any time c) get the gear d) don’t let the rain deter you from being outside. Years ago, I would have likely checked the Kalispell forecast leading up to my trip, but…

back to where I belong

It took me four years to get back to where I belong. That’s correct, we’re moving again. I promise you, we are not in a witness protection situation. My name really is Mary. Since living in California, Andrew and I always have these conversation about where we’d go after our time in California, because we…

Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building Farmers Market

It won’t surprise you to know my favorite Saturday morning activity in San Francisco, if I can get out of bed and into the city early enough, is wandering the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Because: FOOD. The Saturday market is the largest I’ve been to in the Bay Area. There is an ample selection of…

Treasure Island Flea

One weekend of every month, the deserted former naval base in the middle of San Francisco Bay becomes the site for a busy flea market. You can find just about anything here, from succulent plants to lawn ornaments, old maps to previously worn flannel shirts, leather handbags to unique photography items. This market is a…

the year of yosemite

Last year, for my 34th birthday, all I wanted to do was visit Yosemite. It was calling for me. I’d never been, and frankly, nor did I know much about it. It was just one of those places I knew I had to see with my own two eyes. Upon entering the park, I nearly…

super soul sunday hike

Spring Sundays are the greatest day of the week. Especially when the weather shapes up nicely for taking a hike. Blue skies, sunshine, mid-60s is my ideal scenario. Recently someone told me about Weekend Sherpa, a website that offers a weekly email to its subscribers, which makes suggestions about outdoor hiking and activities in the…