My weekend in Baker City did not have the most auspicious of beginnings.
First, I’d chosen the destination practically at random. My only criterion was proximity to Sumpter Valley Railway, where Ben was attending a steam locomotive event. Second, I’d done no research whatsoever. This bout of what I can only call “travel apathy” is very out of character. What was Baker City like? Was there anything to do in town, especially in October? I hadn’t the faintest idea.
How surprising, then, that this weekend became one of my favourite parts of our Pacific northwest trip! Baker City’s blend of history and charming architecture alongside rugged natural beauty won me over almost immediately.
Here are 4 lovely things I got up to during the course of my visit…
Who among us isn’t curious to taste a slice of paradise? I’m not usually a beach person (with this exception) but I’d heard such great things about the Cook Islands that my interest was piqued. And in many ways it lived up to or surpassed my expectations. So following our trip last year, I wanted to pull together a Cook Islands travel guide to share all my research and help others plan a dream Cook Islands getaway!
I can’t quite believe it, but I’m writing this blog post on the two year anniversary of us arriving in New Zealand! To mark this milestone, I’ve decided to compile a bit of a visual best of; photos that capture my top 10 New Zealand memories and experiences from the past couple of years. Many of these are destinations that have already featured on the blog, but I’m so behind on my writing that there are several new places I want to shine a spotlight on too. (I promise upcoming posts on all of them!)
I consider New Zealand my adoptive country in many ways, but of course I’m hardly a local. So with that caveat, here are my very favourite New Zealand highlights in no particular order.