Travel

Less Than 36 Hours in The North Cascades

Back in August, I was visiting Seattle to attend a friend’s wedding.  Even though I lived in the Seattle area for over 2 years, I never really ventured out of the city, too much.  So, now, every time, I visit Seattle, I make it a point to do something or visit a place that I’ve never been before.  On this trip, it was the North Cascades National Park.  I was by myself and I had a fair amount of camera gear, so I didn’t feel like camping.  Instead, I found a cheap motel.  But in retrospect, I probably should have camped.  The night sky was amazing.  It was the 1st time that I was able to photograph the Milky Way,  As an aerospace geek, photographing the Milky Way was always on my bucket list.   So I should have camped, to better appreciate the night sky.  Plus, from a driving perspective, the motel was out of the way, so I had to backtrack over an hour, at night, after photographing the stars.  I wish I had camped.  Camping also would have saved me another hour of driving the following morning.  But oh well, I have to go back one day, hopefully next year.  I was only able to explore and do some light hiking along Route 20.  I drove Route 2, through the Wenatchee National Forest, but I couldn’t stop, as I had to run back to Seattle, to meet up with some friends.

Below are 4 photos from the trip.  If you want to see the rest, please visit this link.

 

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Switzerland

In 2016, after working with a friend on a corporate job in the UK, my friend and I traveled to Switzerland for a quick tour/vacation.  Even though I had been to Switzerland before, in the early 2000s, I was eager to go back, as it was one my favorite places to visit when I was studying abroad, back in college.  There are few places that can compare to Switzerland when it comes to natural beauty!  And to be honest, I’d love to move there, I just need to learn French and/or German!  Here are a few photos from the trip, but if you want to see the full gallery, please go HERE.

 

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Havana, Cuba

For Americans, Cuba has been off limits for tourism purposes, due to the political relationship, dating back to the Cold War.  But thanks to Former President Obama, the doors are now open for Americans to travel to Cuba.  But do your research.  You have to fall into 1 of 12 categories to travel there.  For me, it was an opportunity to learn more about the culture and experience life in a country that’s void of many of the modern technologies that we take for granted.  And, of course, Havana is famous for its vintage cars, which they definitely use to their advantage, when soliciting tourists for tours.  But I’m not going to lie, seeing all those cars are pretty amazing, especially when coupled with the architecture, old buildings and pastel colors of the buildings.  It’s like you’re thrown back in time.

My friend and I stayed at a Casa Particulares, through AirBNB.  It was in the Old Havana area and the streets were pretty sketchy, but only at night.  During the day, everyone was out chilling on their stoop chatting it up with their neighbors.  I really need to brush up on my Spanish!

Overall, it was a very interesting experience.  And I’m glad that went before the big American tourist rush and the city becomes overrun with chain hotels.  I’d like to go back, again, before the hotels start moving in.

You can see the full gallery of all the photos HERE.

 

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