A Pacific Northwest and Travel Blog

I love to travel, but I love my home in the Pacific Northwest as well.

My intention is to balance travel posts with posts about the Pacific Northwest — but that can cover a broad range of topics. Some topics that you will eventually find here:

  • Travel destinations, both abroad and in the Pacific Northwest
  • Information about Pacific Northwest events: Both via listings in the event calendar and posts about events I’ve attended.
  • Travel tips
  • Travel stories
  • I like gear and tech — I’m planning on doing some reviews of both outdoor gear I’ve tried and travel apps I’ve found helpful (and some I didn’t).
  • A Seattle Vintage section with memories of days gone by.
  • Recipes that are (at least loosely) travel-inspired
  • Photography posts: gear, tips, and books.

I also offer some small-business web design services. Primarily brochure-type websites for businesses who need an online presence (not behemoth sites like this one seems to me to be sometimes…but it’s my pet project).

It’s my plan to continue to grow this site, with the goal of adding at least one new post a week, varying between types of content.

You’re invited to contribute by submitting writing, rating or commenting on posts, adding local events, or submitting recipes.

More About Cheryl

This is Cheryl’s personal author page with links to her posts on this site, web design and freelance writing portfolio, and other updates.

Work with Pacific Northwest and Beyond

If you would like to know more about working with this site on promotions, advertising, or reviews, this is your page!

Web Design

I do a part-time web design business, preferring to work with local businesses and organizations who need an online presence or a small e-commerce site.


Cheryl Dimof

Cheryl Dimof

Author, Webmaster, and Chief Blogeuse

Boldly Going…Somewhere

I used to drive a boxy blue electric car I lovingly called “The Tardis,” and had a license plate reading “Boldly Going Nowhere” due to the boundaries set by driving such a car.

The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to live — water, trees, mountains, a good climate (despite the wintertime drizzle) and there’s plenty to do, especially if you enjoy outdoor activities. But, let’s face it, it’s fun to go adventuring beyond the bounds of home. And if it can’t be the known universe, there’s a lot to explore on this planet — whether it be the Olympic Peninsula or temples in Japan.

Express Yourself!

Express Yourself!


Your photo could be here !

B ut then, I’d have to replace this adorable dog wearing a unicorn hoodie!

But, really! Do you love the PNW, or traveling, or photography, and want to write a post somehow related to the content on this blog?

If you are interested in writing something for Pacific Northwest and Beyond, I am interested in listening — if it relates to the primary themes of this blog — the Pacific Northwest, travel, travel-inspired recipes, photography, etc.

Recent explorations

Here are the latest freshly blogged posts (from all categories, including off-topic):

The Search for Taiyaki in Seattle

I learned about the Japanese fish-shaped waffles from my daughter who loves Japanese sweets. But when our go-to Seattle taiyaki place disappeared, a search ensued to find out where to get the best taiyaki in Seattle.

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A Day in Arashiyama

When you think of the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Sagano Bamboo Forest. But there’s so much more to do in this beautiful area of Kyoto. Plan to spend at least a day here — here are some of the many things to do to make the most of your day in the area.

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Hiking Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve

Guillemot Cove Nature Preserve is one of my favorite Kitsap County day hikes, and great for kids (at least kids who will tolerate the uphill trek back from the beach). While you’re there, visit the Stump House which (legend has it) was a hideout for an outlaw in the 1800s and would have been my clubhouse as a kid if it had been in my neighborhood.

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A Super-Simple Guide to Photographing Fireworks

Getting good photos of fireworks isn’t difficult. Last 4th of July I experimented with my camera to get some decent firework shots. Experiment and find out what works for your camera. Here are some super-simple (at least I think they are) tips to get started.

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