GARAFÍA

The journey from Seattle to Garafia is long. Too long, by the standards of some. But to me, it is exactly the type of thing that makes me buzz with life. From Seattle to London it is nine hours, three more to Barcelona. I spend one night in a monastic room in the leafy Eixample neighborhood, embark on a series of bus, metro and cab rides and board a final, four-hour flight. Finally, I land on the smallest and northernmost island in the Canaries—La Palma.

MOUNTAIN SPRING

When the work week ends, we pack up Dave and head for the hills. In our PNW vocabulary, "hills" could mean mountains, islands, rivers, rain forest, canyons, valleys, ocean, inland lakes or ... actual hills. A top favorite on our weekend destination list is Lake Cushman, a particularly God-blessed corner of America and freshwater lake at the base of the Olympic Mountains on the Peninsula ...

TRAVELER MESS KIT

Our favorite way to travel is the "One Backpack" method. Only having one backpack means less to pack, lug and lose and makes for a breezier travel experience all around. The only drawback? With limited space, where will we put the little culinary tools that help make our precious picnics possible?

We decided that if we couldn't find a mess kit to fit our needs, we would curate our own. So we did. What we love about our mess kit most is that it's light-weight, takes up hardly any space and packs FLAT ...

A LIFE OF CONSTANT, POSSIBLE SHIFTS

During a recent trip to Baja, Mexico, we spent a lazy morning at a café in Todos Santos, drinking smoothies and for fun, tallying up the costs of traversing the world’s longest road—the Pan American Highway. It would be a massive journey—19,000 miles from Seattle, Washington to Ushuaia, Argentina in Dave, our 1982 VW Westfalia. Plenty of time to be waylaid by breakdowns or disasters; no guarantee that we would make it all the way to the end. Yet, for some reason the idea captivated us and we began to envision it ...

APPLE, HONEY, CHEESE SANDWICH

We happily lived on these while on a budget stay in Mexico. Looking to save some pennies? Just make a quick stop at a market and grab these four simple ingredients. Whether home or away, this is a road favorite that never fails to satisfy. And it gets 10 Stars for Picnic-ability, too!

CUMBERLAND ISLAND

I had first glimpsed Cumberland Island in a magazine piece about JFK Jr. And Carolyn Bisset's wedding. The photos of the location captivated me. They revealed an alluring, mysterious landscape—a wild tangle of trees slung between long expanses of windswept, golden sand; the natural habitat of wild horses, reptiles, winged and shelled creatures of all kinds. I knew that it was a place I needed to see for myself one day ...

SAVANNAH

I love that an unexpected journey can be sparked by a single sentence. In August, my sister-in-law, Carrie emailed me, primed for adventure but undecided about destination. Either come with me, or inspire something I must do, she wrote. I needed little provocation. Let's drink mint juleps, wander ruins and see the wild horses of Cumberland IslandI suggested. Yes! She replied. I’m already half there ...