Phoenix and Beyond

The final stop on our family-visiting tour brought us to Phoenix, Arizona to stay with Josh's aunt. Her lovely winter home is about forty minutes out of the city in a nice gated community, and overlooks a golf course and the mountains beyond. The weather was pretty perfect while we were there, eighty degrees and... Continue Reading →

Quartzsite, Arizona

The next stop on our sweep through the south took us to Quartzite, a little town out in the desert of Arizona, to spend a week with Josh's grandparents. Now, usually I'd write about where Quartzite is located, what it's known for, and what we did there, but I wanted to do something different this... Continue Reading →

Josh’s California Family

From Las Vegas, we headed to Bakersfield, California to visit Josh's dad, step-mom, three sisters, two brothers-in-law, two nieces, and one nephew. It is 286 miles (460 km) to Bakersfield, which should have taken about 4.5 hours to drive. Never for us. Never in California. Despite the horrendous weekend traffic from Vegas, we did eventually... Continue Reading →

Babysitting in Las Vegas

While we stopped off for a night in Vegas during our first swoop down to California, we ended up staying for a little over a week this time around. We ended up camping out in the garage, using Darla as our mobile guest bedroom. It was surprisingly comfortable, and gave us a little extra privacy. As... Continue Reading →

Family Time

It's time for the main event! This section of the trip is all about seeing friends and family. We had a few brief visits on our way up the coast, including my sister in Las Vegas, my aunt in Los Angeles, father- and mother-in-law in Bakersfield, and our best friends in Eugene. From there, we... Continue Reading →

Port Angeles Hikes

Our house sit in Washington state may have been short, but we took full advantage of the Port Angeles hikes. The city is located adjacent to one of the most diverse ecological systems in the world. Although there are a million and one amazing hikes on the Olympic Peninsula, the few listed here are all... Continue Reading →

Port Angeles – The Places We Live

Our house sitting adventures continue in Port Angeles, Washington! Nestled at the northern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, this area is full of diverse ecological landscapes. We'll be spending a little less than a week here watching over a lovely home and three dogs on the outskirts of town. The Olympic Peninsula is also home... Continue Reading →

Free Walking Tour | Los Angeles

We're at it again with another of Jen's Nearly Famous Walking Tours! This free walking tour of Los Angeles is a 2.6 mile self-guided walk focused on the fun and funky. It includes an art gallery, a quirky book store, some hipster snacks, and a high-tech circus. Get ready to get weird, ya'll! Jen's Funky and... Continue Reading →

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