Sparkling 4th

Happy post 4th of July everyone!

Hope everyone survived the explosive holiday, completely safe! New Years & 4th of July are always fun for me, because of how much I love to photograph fireworks and paint with sparklers. After my trip to Vancouver & experiencing the Canada Day fireworks, this year I decided it was okay to sit-out the Seattle ones. Don't get me wrong, I actually prefer the Seattle ones, due to how close you can get to them around Lake Union. Sometimes though, you just need to just chill at home (avoid traffic) & hang with your cousins, which I did! :)

THIS IS MY COUSIN TIFFANY

THIS IS MY COUSIN TIFFANY

THIS IS MY COUSIN & BEST FRIEND, ISABELLE. 

THIS IS MY COUSIN & BEST FRIEND, ISABELLE. 

Ok, enough shenanigans. Thanks for reading! Love, Jen

*Sweater & shorts from American Eagle

Joffre Lakes

For the first week of July, by luck, I happened to find myself with a 5 day stretch off work. I debated between surfing on a Hawaiian island or road tripping with Becky, up through the Canadian wilderness. Obviously I went with the latter, cheaper option, with Joffre Lakes being my main focus. 

If you've ever been to Whistler (along highway BC-99), the trailhead for Joffre Lakes is about 1 hour past that, so get yourself prepped for a long, but beautiful car ride. I got the trailhead around 1am. That's what I get for watching the sunset at Stanley Park. I found ample parking, and there were plenty of other car campers & RVs on the lot. By 5am, you could hear people around the trailhead slowly waking up & heading up the trail.

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The hike itself actually includes 3 lakes, with the first one being just a 2 minute walk from the trailhead. With that said, I personally didn't think Lower Joffre Lake was anything to brag about, but there are a few nice benches to sit at. 

Back tracking & heading towards the second lake, you'll encounter a nice wooden bridge, some steep switchbacks, & a barrage of stairs before arriving at "Middle Joffre Lake." Here you'll find the popular floating tree that everyone Instagrams about. Depending on the water levels, and how wet you feel like getting, you can stand out pretty far.

Then ten minutes before reaching the 3rd and final lake, you'll encounter a massive waterfall on your right. This spot also has a few benches available, making it great resting spot, but also prone to being pretty crowded. Luckily, I found the waterfall on the way up, with no one around me! :) 

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All in all, the hike made the drive extremely worth it! Plus on the way back down, towards Vancouver, there are plenty of waterfalls & lookouts to check out, as well as Whistler Village. If you ever have the time, I'd definitely make a 2-3 day trip out of this. I can't wait to come back for a whole week and check out Banff! Thanks for reading! - Jen

Sunny Meadows

Earlier this month I got a chance to head towards Eastern Washington & check out the Palouse. Along the way, we stumbled upon these beautiful rolling fields of lush yellow flowers.

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As Summer is in full bloom in Washington, I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about how I could explore the Pacific Northwest around me. I think the hardest part is actually finding someone crazy enough to go with me, in the impossible hours I like to wander off in.

I find it rare... to run into people with an extreme hunger for a fast paced life, outside the norms. It's so easy for us to grow up & fall into a comfortable routine that makes us feel safe. While nothing is wrong with that, it's just not what I want to settle for in my life. Working in healthcare, you realized how valuable your life is. Any day could be your last, so I want to live the rest of my life, not just today, like I'm dying. It'd be nice to always have an adventure buddy, but I'm also an advocate for women not waiting (especially for a guy), to make their dreams come true. With that said, while I wait for that perfect buddy, my next solo adventure will take me into British Columbia! Cheers! - Love, Jen

 “Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with.”

*Photos by Conor Musgrave*