Hi, I'm Emilie. My blog started in Iowa in 2013 as a way for me to document my travels. I've come and gone from the blogging world several times since then, but have maintained a passion for food and planning travel. I hope that this time around my blog turns into a place for me to share ALL of my passions: Planning travel, baking, experimenting with plant based foods, and the PNW.
I am originally from small town Iowa. So small that my town didn't have a single stoplight and still only has a population of 418 people. Don't get me wrong, I will always love Plainfield, Iowa (my husband, Andrew, and I met at that small town high school in 2005) and the trips that I take home to visit family, but living in someplace so small for the first 21 years of my life definitely ignited a passion to explore as much as possible. In 2014, we made the decision to officially pack up and move to Vancouver, WA. Andrew had recently graduated from Iowa State University and I was finishing my Master's at Drake University and needed to complete an internship. We took a blind leap of faith with that move. Blind as in: no paid jobs planned, no apartment arranged, and only taking with what we could fit in our 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee (Frank-Frank the Tank if you ask Andrew, Franklin the Turtle if you're talking to me).
Once I moved my eyes were opened to so many possibilities and experiences that weren’t available to me before and I will be forever grateful for this. I have always loved adventure and jumped at the opportunity to travel and share new experiences with those around me, so blogging seems like a natural fit. Every decision we made during that move has played an integral part in where we are with our lives today. Yes, some of the decisions that we made were incredibly stupid (spending WAY too much on festival tickets the first year that we lived here), but because of those decisions we are where we are today. Since our move to Vancouver, WA I dabbled in veganism, lived in both Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, bought a home, and have traveled throughout the US, Europe, and all parts of the Pacific Northwest.
I absolutely love planning travel. Almost as much as I love the actual travel itself. The excitement of an upcoming trip is hard for me to top. I am constantly planning potential trips. I spend hours reading other travel blogs, scrolling social media, and making lists of the best food, tourist attractions, lodging, hiking, and local recommendations. I have trips planned for nearly every part of the US, several countries in Europe and Asia, and plenty of weekend and day trips in Oregon, Washington, and California. I want to share these trips with someone [or anyone who will read them] so please check out the travel section.