About PNW & Beyond
Before we get into talking about Pacific Northwest and Beyond, here’s a few recent thoughts and reflections:
Recent news and reflections:
Wow! What a year 2020 has been! I expected to be doing some solo travel, writing this blog, and having some PNW adventures. The latter has still been possible, but for the most part, I’ve mostly been at home aside for a few short local hikes. I’ve been doing a bit of writing off this blog, working on household projects, and, unfortunately, putting on the “quarantine 15.”
During this time, I’ve had the forced opportunity to sit and think. While I have been so disappointed about canceled trips and missed adventures, I’ve also been giving much thought to the environmental impact my travel choices have on the planet. When I feel safer to travel again, I’m not sure I will get on a plane as much as I had imagined in my semi-retirement. I won’t stop altogether — I love travel way too much, and thinking of changing my plans and going abroad less than I hoped comes with a sense of disappointment. But it’s a choice. And I also find that I have a sense of gratitude. Travel is a privilege. Though, yes, travel can be accomplished “on the cheap,” many people don’t even have the means to go somewhere on what I consider “the cheap.” I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to go to some outstanding spots abroad. If there’s one thing that I would regret in my life, it would have been never having left western Washington State.
That being said…I LOVE Western Washington State. And there are plenty of places and things to do that I haven’t even explored here. I plan to get back to writing this blog focusing more on local walks, urban hikes, and cycling trails (recent neck and shoulder problems have, unfortunately, forced me to give up road cycling but I’m the enthusiastic new owner of an ebike.)
Another recent development on this blog is that I had decided to abandon the events calendar. However, I’ve found a way to keep a calendar open for community organizers to list small or virtual events in a way that doesn’t consume excessive resources. So I’m in the process of making modifications here. Pardon my dust!
About Pacific Northwest and Beyond:
If I had to sum up Pacific Northwest and Beyond, I’d say it’s about:
- The Pacific Northwest
- “Vintage” Seattle and PNW memories
- Outdoor activities and related gear
- Local routes
- Local events
Even though most of us aren’t journeying abroad right now, I might still turn out some posts on places I’ve been that I’ve been long putting off. I’m starting to approach blogging more from a fun point of view and, perhaps, taking it a bit less seriously now. I’m not sure what I’ll come up with next here. I was going to write a long, humorous, list of what not to do when you travel, but I think we have some new, unfunny, concerns there now. An article about how NOT to take your spouse on a trip around Scotland? Perhaps I’ll write about some of my favorite local walks and short hikes?
Note: the image above in this post is a retro trailer I totally WANT to camp in. Unforunately, the “campside” was at 2020s Seattle Home and Garden Show. So there wasn’t any sneaking in and doing an overnighter. Next Summer’s goal: rent a tiny vintage trailer that I can pull with my Subaru.