sleeping among the trees

If you’ve noticed a tree theme among my recent posts, and think oh dang that girl must be slightly obsessed with trees, you would be completely right. I am a bonafide treehugger at heart. I’m a Pisces who requires the woods as much as water. I wish my apartment could regularly smell exactly like the…

Labor Dave Weekend 2018

One of the weekends I’ve been looking forward to most since moving back to Seattle was the opportunity to return to the Gorge to see Dave Matthews Band over Labor Day weekend, affectionately known as Labor Dave Weekend. I wrote about our first visit to the Gorge here – it’s remarkable (and poetic) to think that…

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…

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…

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…

From SoCal to NorCal

The Darbyshires are on the move. Again. Turns out just over one year in Southern California was all we needed. I am not aware that we are in any witness protection program, for the record. After some time in Rancho Cucamonga, I realized in my heart that it would be a temporary location for us….

Day Trip to Joshua Tree

When I first thought about life in Southern California, the close proximity of new-to-me National Parks immediately excited my outdoorsy/granola-y/tree-hugging side. I even mentioned it to everyone I informed of our decision to move here – “we’ll be close to Joshua Tree!” But the new year rolled around, and my back to work routine had…

back in the saddle

Welp, look who neglected their blog for two months! CRAP. Do you ever have that feeling that you are just tired of hearing yourself talk? Maybe you want to curl up in bed and stay there for an entire 24-hour period and not see or talk to anyone because you can’t bear to hear your…

Best of the USA Road Trip

I began tabulating this road trip post months ago, but never finished it until now. And fittingly, it is being published & shared on the exact one year anniversary of when Andrew and I set off in my little Honda Civic, bidding farewell to all we knew from our life in Seattle and driving all…

Churchill Downs

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” When you visit Louisville, you must go to Churchill Downs. Plain and simple. It does not matter what day of the week or time of year it happens to be. Although the timing of my visit was ideal because Derby weekend was only three weeks away, and serious…