Skyline Loop

After returning from Europe I had a couple of weeks without my girls to catch up on all the things that having a baby has made it harder to do. At the height of a gorgeous Pacific Northwest summer, for me that meant getting up into the mountains. Mount Rainier National Park is one of my favorite places on the […]

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Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)

Taktsang Goemba - "Tiger's Nest"

On our last full day in Bhutan we visited the country’s most-touristed location, the one that the few guidebooks actually published about Bhutan agree is a “must see”: Taktsang Goemba. It’s a monastery perched dramatically on a cliff in the Himalayas, on the site of where Guru Rinpoche (the guy who brought Buddhism to the Himalayas), meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 […]

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Tango Goemba

Although the details are still a bit murky to me, holy people (monks, nuns) in Bhutanese Buddhism are organized into a hierarchy – just like in a lot of other religions. The highest ranking monk holds the title of Je Khenpo, which is the spiritual leader of Bhutan and the second most influential person in the country (after the King). […]

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Rattlesnake Ledge

On a gorgeous October Saturday - one that felt more like summer than fall - I found myself wife-free, so I packed up the dog and went for a hike. Because we didn't have a lot of time, we went to Rattlesnake Ledge. I'd venture to guess it's one of ...

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