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Thursday, February 20, 2014

It’s been a while since we shared anything here. Although we have been traveling far less while I’m tied down with design school, we try to fit in frequent weekend trips and decided we should share some of those. The Pacific Northwest is such a beautiful area, and we sometimes take it for granted because it’s our home. Our city is built on hills, surrounded by water, and dense with greenery, all amazing qualities to have in a big city, and we get all three. The best part is how easy it is to get out in nature, without giving up all the pros of living in a big city like Seattle. If we’re not working or in class, we’re likely headed to the mountains for some hiking, biking, skiing, on the water in our kayaks, or finding new spots for camping.

One of the best places to camp and explore in Washington state is the Olympic Peninsula and western coast. It’s not your typical sunny beach and you won't find any sunbathers. Daily fog and dense evergreens hug the coast line and you can camp right on the ocean or stay in a cozy cabin in the rain forest (that's right, rain forest). If it’s drizzly and gray, which is highly likely, this area is even more magical.

During this particular trip, we stayed at a bed and breakfast in a small town called Forks and then in a cabin on the beach of an Indian reservation in Neah Bay. It feels so far removed that it’s hard to believe we haven’t crossed any borders to get there. Next time we want to hike in with our backpacks and camp on a remote beach so we can fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves. 

We hope you enjoy these photos of the place we call home.

- Julia






























41 comments :

  1. I call Oregon home and these pictures of the Pacific Northwest are just beautiful!

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  2. Oh, I absolutely love the PNW! I'm from England but I worked at a summer camp in Washington, and studied abroad at the University of Oregon so I think of the PNW as my second home. Beautiful pictures.

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  3. These are such incredible photographs-- I grew up in the PNW and still call it my home. To me, these pictures capture the coast beautifully!

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  4. What amazing photos. Looks like such a great place to hide away!

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  5. I've been wanting to see more of your US travels, thanks for sharing! (Still hoping to see your CO roadtrip on here; those Instagrams were gorgeous!)

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    1. Me too! I've been following all of your Instagram photos hoping that you would share more about your travels closer to home. Thanks for sharing :)

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    2. stephanie - Oh good to know! Sometimes I forget about our US travels. We do have a lot of cool photos from Colorado and will try to post them soon.

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    3. Olivia - Thanks for the encouragement! Instagram is so much easier than blogging, but it's fulfilling to put an entire blog post together. We're planning to share more of our trips closer to home. :)

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  6. The Pacific Northwest is my dream location to live in. If only I can move all of my family, I would be there in a second! Love these photos, as always.
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  7. So pretty. The PNW will always hold a special place in my heart even though we only lived there for 12 months. Some of the most beautiful landscapes I've ever seen.

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  8. I have never even been to America, but this region has always been my favourite, so in love. May I ask what lenses you use for this? I noticed your FAQ page is being worked on.. I have a crop frame and was wondering what prime is best for an all rounder? Yours turn out incredibly.. Thank you.

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    1. Shani - This post was shot with a 35mm and 85mm and Nikon D700. If I could only have one lens, I would go with the 35mm (which is more like a 24mm on a crop frame sensor). Thanks for the reminder to update our FAQ!

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  9. Absolutely stunning:) Love all your photos!! So mysterious with the fog and mist! So glad you guys are sharing more photos of where you live!

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  10. home of twilight! woop! haha! i was here a few years ago, thick in the midst of the twilight phrase. all sorts of little shops selling twilight stuff! but truly, such a pretty spot.

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    1. janis - Yeah, our bed and breakfast was a little too Twilighty for our taste, but once we left Forks, it got better. :) I didn't realize you guys were here (or forgot)!

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    2. oh it was awhile ago, before mike and i were dating actually. must be five+ years ago?

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  11. wow this looks amazing ! it looks so wild and peaceful at the same time. this goes definitely on my wishlist fro when i'll finally travel to the us...

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  12. so lovely. I want to go camping/visit out there so bad!
    also, do you sell prints anywhere online? your photos are lovely!

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    1. amanda - Thank you! We sell prints at www.handewithcareshop.com.

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  13. Aaah...the glorious PNW. Makes me miss home so much! Beautiful work.

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  14. Beautiful as always. You guys have an amazing eye and talent. Always love looking at your pictures.

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  15. I recently found your blog and have been backtracking through loads of your posts over the past few days - I love them all! Its great to see such excellent photography as well as a beautifully designed site to showcase it. I recently started my own travel blog and you two are such an inspiration. Thanks!

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    1. kirsty - Glad you found us! Thanks for the kind words. Good luck with your travel blog... it's a really good way to log and remember your trips.

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  16. oh the pnw is just shockingly gorgeous!

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  17. Opened my email today an saw you had posted again! So glad to see you are back at blogging. Your photos are fantastic as usual. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. These pictures are beautiful!

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  19. You guys make every place seem like a must-visit. Love that rainbow picture. Gorgeous !! When are u planning your visit to INDIA !!!!

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    1. Shikha - Every place has it's good side. We would absolutely love to come to India but no plans yet. I need to hurry up and finish school!

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  20. so so incredibly gorgeous. love the way you two capture things! Xo

    the well-traveled wife ♥

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  21. Beautiful! I miss the PNW so much, and you guys captured it so well! Thank you for the virtual trip home :)

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  27. Makes me miss home!! We just hit our 6 month mark in Germany, and have another 3 months to go before we go home for a visit.

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  29. I found your blog via tumblr. You two have a beautiful blog with wonderful photos. I live in the PNW too so it's always nice to see more Washingtonians with great taste!
    Keep up the wonderful posts

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