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Honolua Bay | Best Snorkeling in Maui

Honolua Bay | Best Snorkeling in Maui

There’s no better activity in Maui than snorkeling, and there’s no better place to snorkel in Maui than Honolua Bay. Yeah, I understand the best snorkeling in Maui is up for debate. There are a ton of great options. We’ve snorkeled at Black Rock, Turtle Town, and several other locations, but Honolua Bay tops our list. Honolua Bay is located about 15 minutes north of Ka’anapali (where we stayed on our visits to Maui). Be warned that parking is limited (get there early), and you have to walk a short trail through the forest to reach the beach. We saw people posting up for the day there, but the shore is rocky and not a typical sandy Maui beach. Also note that the property owners (it’s private property that’s open to the public) don’t want you to wear sunscreen when you visit (to help protect the coral). While there are a few small issues, Honolua Bay is definitely worth a visit (no matter where you’re staying on the island)....

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Queen’s Guard Marching from Buckingham Palace

Queen’s Guard Marching from Buckingham Palace

My mom and I were unintentionally (believe it or not) in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It was an amazing event to be in England for, but it did have its limitations. Buckingham Palace was blocked off, so we never got a good look at it. To make up for that, my mom and I did get to see other things that people don’t normally see in London, including the Queen’s Guard marching from Buckingham Palace. After my mom and I found out that Buckingham Palace was blocked off, we stopped for a traditional English breakfast at a nearby restaurant. After we finished eating, we walked back outside and noticed people had lined up along the street. We figured something cool must be happening, so we decided to stick around. Not long after we posted up, we saw the Queen’s Guard marching from Buckingham Palace. I figured this was a pretty rare occasion, so I grabbed my cell phone and got video of them. My mom and I had...

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New Year’s Day Sunrise in Seattle

New Year’s Day Sunrise in Seattle

If you didn’t do too much partying on New Year’s Eve (or even if you did), here’s an awesome idea for you: watch the New Year’s Day sunrise in Seattle from Kerry Park. Tove and I brought in the New Year with the annual fireworks show at the Space Needle, and then we decided to watch the New Year’s Day sunrise in Seattle a few hours later. It was an incredible way to jump-start a brand new year! Mother Nature definitely needs to cooperate for this to work. Although the whole ” it rains all the time” thing is exaggerated, it’s also not always perfectly clear on New Year’s Day in Seattle. Keep your eyes on the forecast. If it’s clear; the New Year’s Day sunrise in Seattle is breathtaking (especially from Kerry Park). When Tove and I went to Kerry Park on New Year’s Day 2015, sunrise was scheduled for 7:57am. That obviously changes by year, but that should at least give you a time frame. We arrived...

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Franklin Falls | A Short Winter Hike Near Seattle

Franklin Falls | A Short Winter Hike Near Seattle

“We’ll frolic and play the Eskimo way, just walking in a winter wonderland.” We hear the same lyrics every holiday season. “Winter Wonderland” is played almost on repeat through Christmas. It’s a fun idea: taking a stroll through a snowy landscape; but how often do we actually do it? Here’s your chance! Franklin Falls trail offers a short winter hike near Seattle. And it’s truly a winter wonderland! Franklin Falls trail is about an hour outside of Seattle near Snoqualmie Pass. Take I-90 east to exit 47 (Asahel Curtis/Denny Creek). At the top of the exit turn left. You’ll hit a T in the road; turn right. Take the first left (you’ll see signs to Denny Creek Campground). Stay on this road for about 2.5 miles. Take another left after the campground (again you’ll see signs pointing you in the right direction). The Franklin Falls trailhead is right there and it’s well-marked. Just be warned, the parking lot is tiny and a Northwest Forest Pass is required. A spectacular...

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Seattle Monorail | Serving Seattle Since 1962

Seattle Monorail | Serving Seattle Since 1962

The Seattle Monorail has been a fixture in the Emerald City for more than 50 years. Used by tourists and locals alike, the monorail links some of Seattle’s top tourist attractions. A quick ride takes you from the foot of the Space Needle to the heart of downtown, and just a short walk to Pike Place Market. Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Seattle Monorail connects Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle) to Westlake Center, which is located downtown at 5th Ave. and Pike St. A stroll from Westlake Center to Pike Place Market only takes about five minutes. Any Seattle tourism book will tell you that the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Monorail are “must-see” attractions. The best part about the three main attractions is that you can conveniently experience them all together. There’s nothing complicated about riding the Seattle Monorail. It’s not a complex public transportation system; it only makes one stop each way. You either start at Seattle Center and head...

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