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):

Visiting the Gion Kyoto Starbucks

I’m from Seattle, where there seems to be a Starbucks on every corner. So when travel, I tend keep away. But I’m glad I ended up going into the Gion Starbucks in Kyoto — it’s a different world than your average Starbucks.

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Thule Hullavator Demo and Review

I guess the Thule Hullavator is like an elevator, only for your hull (of your kayak). I’ve used the Hullavator for a few years now — overall it’s a nice piece of gear and lets me schlep my kayak around solo. But it does have a few drawbacks as well. Here’s what I think, with a video demo.

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Sing Me a Song of Older Female Adventurers!

If all is going well, when this posts I’m celebrating my 50th birthday on a solo camping road trip. I like reading fantasy novels and wanted to bring some novels about older women having adventures along on my trip. But I found there aren’t many novels — fantasy or otherwise — that feature adventuring female protagonists over 50.

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Instant Pot Clams Bordelaise

This recipe was inspired by many things: digging clams in the Pacific Northwest and a recipe from the Frugal Gourmet cookbook, the mussels I ate in a restaurant on Loch Linnhe in Scotland (I haven’t quite approached their amazingness), French Clams Bordelaise. Fortunately steaming shellfish with wine is easy; it’s now made even easier by the Instant Pot!

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Otaku Kyoto

Tokyo, of course, is known for its Anime, Manga, pop culture — but what about Kyoto? When I toted my Anime-loving daughter along to Kyoto, I was worried that she would simply hang out at the AirBNB which, largely, she did. But we did find some loosely “Otaku” things to do in Kyoto (my daughter’s objection to the term duly noted).

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