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Caribbean Vacation Part 5: Florida

After our cruise docked back in Florida, we had about 12 hours until our flight left. So we rented a car to set off in search of wild manatees. It wasn't the right season to go looking for them, but we tried three separate places. Unfortunately we didn't see any, but we still had a fun time at those places! With more time on our hands, we went to a historic lighthouse. 

While Florida and the Caribbean were fun, I see most of my future adventures going to more adventurous locations. Where are you hoping to travel to soon?

Caribbean Vacation Part 4: Favorite Port

I wouldn't have thought that my favorite port on our trip would have been Roatan, Honduras, I would have thought it was somewhere we went diving, but ziplining through the jungle, snorkeling at a reef, and relaxing on the beach made Roatan my favorite port. (Honestly probably because it was within walking distance of a beach! The other ports didn't have a beach.)

I wasn't nervous about ziplining until we were about to start. Then I was nervous! But I went through with it and it was pretty cool!

The zipline took us right down to the beach when we were done and we rented snorkeling equipment there. See my post on snorkeling here! We snorkeled until we were too tired to keep on going and then went to the beach to relax for a while. We got chairs right on the water and lay in the sun for a bit. It was a fantastic and relaxing day. 

It was such a cool vacation and I'm glad we did it, but I'm also excited for some of our upcoming vacations that will be far less relaxing but way more adventurous! 

What do you have coming up that you're excited about?

Caribbean Vacation Part 3: Diving

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I recently got Open Water Certified for scuba diving with the intent of diving in the Caribbean. Here's where I wrote about getting my Open Water Scuba Certification.

When we booked our trips, I wasn't sure I wanted to spend four straight days scuba diving so we only booked two days of it. Looking back, I kinda wish we'd done all four! But snorkeling, ziplining, and spending time with the other people on our trip was fun too.

We had two two-tank dives booked. One in Grand Cayman, and the other in Cozumel, Mexico. 

Grand Cayman was my first dive after my certification; it was a beautiful sunny day and we were going to a wreck and a reef. I can't remember the name of the wreck for the life of me, but it was just off the coast!

On that dive we saw lots of fish, lobster, and even a sea turtle! The sea turtle was definitely the coolest thing we saw diving.

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In Cozumel we had two drift dives scheduled. It was a choppy day on the water and entering was difficult. But once we were in it was a nice dive! There were lots of unique fish, a barracuda, a crab spider, sea snake, and a seahorse!

While learning to scuba dive in the Puget Sound was difficult, it was completely worth it for the Caribbean. I'm even considering diving here again!

Stay tuned for the last two posts on our trip!

 

Caribbean Vacation Part 2: Snorkeling

On our recent Caribbean cruise, we didn't want to spend all four port days diving. We did end up renting equipment one of the days though to snorkel, and it was so much fun! Apparently, the diving in Honduras is amazing, as it is in many places down in the Caribbean, but the snorkeling was cool too!

One thing we did learn after snorkeling is that sunscreen kills reefs. The reef we were at was about 90% dead because of the tourists' sunscreen. (Ours included!) But you can buy reef safe sunscreen. Next time I go swimming, snorkeling, or diving, I'm going to make sure I have environmentally friendly sunscreen!

Caribbean Vacation Part 1

I was lucky enough to be able to go on a weeklong vacation with friends recently. We took a cruise in the Caribbean. While it was fun, and I'm glad I went, I don't think that a cruise is for me.

The food was delicious, and I saw dolphins from our balcony three separate times!

I have so many cool photos from our trip that I'm going to break them up into a few different posts, so keep an eye out for them in the coming days!

Looking Back at 2016

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I hope you're having a good start to your 2017! Here are a few of my favorite posts and pictures from 2017; I know it's a little late, but I've been insanely busy getting a new job and moving to a new city. It's been fun, but exhausting. Otter Falls:

Northwest Pearls: Otter Falls
Northwest Pearls: Otter Falls
Northwest Pearls: Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls
Northwest Pearls: Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls
Northwest Pearls: Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls
Northwest Pearls: Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls
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Anderson Island

Northwest Pearls: Anderson Island
Northwest Pearls: Anderson Island

A couple of weeks ago my family and I went out to Anderson Island to visit some cousins. We took the ferry from Steilacoom, Washington. It was a great day for the beach. We had a barbecue, played in the sand, and rowed the rowboat around. It was a nice stay-cation. I haven't spend much time on Anderson; most of my time has been spent on Vashon, but Anderson is a nice island too! However, the ferry schedule to Anderson is a little less convenient.

Northwest Pearls: Anderson Island
Northwest Pearls: Anderson Island

-The view from the ferry, looking back to Steilacoom

Northwest Pearls: Anderson Island
Northwest Pearls: Anderson Island

Do you have any staycation ideas?

Huckleberry Pie at Priest Lake

Northwest Pearls: Huckleberry PieI've always loved huckleberries. We've always had bushes of them growing in our yard or neighborhood so it blew my mind when my best friend thought that they were something "from Dr. Seuss." Then I had two other friends think that they were just a flavor. They didn't realize they were a real thing. That being said, I love huckleberry flavored things. Ice cream especially. We bought huckleberry ice cream at Priest Lake and it was amazing. And while at that store, we picked up a huckleberry pie for later. It was pretty good. And so pretty. I can't imagine how many huckleberries it took to make this though.

I'd for sure go get ice cream there again and probably the pie too!

What's one of your favorite flavors?

Road Trip

This past week we went on vacation to Priest Lake, Idaho. We had an amazing time. We rented a home on the lake and brought our boat so we could water ski, wakeboard, tube, and fish. It was one of the nicest vacations I've had and I'd love to go back another time. I'll post some pictures of the amazing views soon. For the long road trip over, I chose to wear a comfy maxi skirt with a striped tee shirt and my Sperry's.

Northwest Pearls: OOTD at Priest Lake

What's one of your favorite places to vacation?