Cheryl lives in the little Norwegian-esque city of Poulsbo, Washington with her husband, one of two young adult daughters, a mutt, and a Siamese cat. She generally doesn't talk about herself in third person except when she's feeling royal or writing a bio. She enjoys travel, writing, photography, and outdoor activities -- but not so much getting back in shape to do them!


Visiting the Sequim Lavender Festival: A (Tiny) bit of Provence in Washington State

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Provence,” Sequim sits in the Olympic rain shadow, so it sees more days of sun that some other parts of western Washington State — and grows a LOT of lavender!

Here’s more about Sequim’s Lavender Festival that takes place each July, tips for visiting, information about a few of the farms, and a link to an interative map of area lavender farms you might want to visit.

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Mardi Gras celebrations in the PNW.

We just updated our Mardi Gras post for 2020 — and Fat Tuesday is coming up fast, on February 25 this year! Here are the Mardi Gras events that we know of in the PNW — if you know of one that’s not listed here, you can add it to our calendar!

Cha Cha Changes…

We thought we were done with updating our site appearance and moving into 2020 looking forward to writing…but sometimes technical considerations get in the way. Our events calendar has unexpectedly had a major update and to move into the future, it turns out we need to update our website to go along with it.

Six Hand-Drawn Travel Books That Just Might Make You Want to Put Down the Camera and Pick Up a Pencil

If you’re like me, sometimes when you travel you’re tempted to spend part of your trip behind the lens of a camera or snapping photos on your phone to share later. But putting down the gadgets and picking up a pencil can help us to slow down and have a more “mindful” journey. Here are six hand-drawn books I’ve recently enjoyed about travel or places that just might inspire me to put down the camera (only for a bit) and pick up a pencil.

Best Bookstores in Seattle

Seattle is a literate city — Seattle tops many lists for things such as “most well-read population,” and “most literate city.” And in 2017 Seattle earned the UNESCO “City of Literature” designation. Yes, Seattle is home to Amazon — but Seattle is also home to some wonderful independent bookstoresl. Here are our favorite (independent) Seattle bookstores that we’ve visited — both new and used.

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