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Volunteering Options in DC

When people ask me about my hobbies, I always hate to admit that I do not have very many aside from travel, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. However, one thing I always seem to leave off is volunteering. I love volunteering, usually because it allows me to do activities I do not do on a day to day basis and plus it always feels good to help others.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaching, I want to share my favorite locations to volunteer at in DC.

Capital Area Food Bank – Group or Individual

I’ve volunteered at the food bank a few times, both in group situations, and have had a blast every time. Plus, I’ve learned a lot about food banks that I didn’t/would have never learned. I highly recommend volunteering here. It’s a great team building activity as well for organizations and offices.

Food and Friends – Group or Individual

Food and Friends is an organization that provides meals to individuals with illnesses in the DC area. I have volunteered here once as an office team activity that I organized. It was a lot of fun. The activities involved sorting and packing the meals.

Martha’s Table – Group or Individual

Martha’s Table is one of my favorites, they provide clothing and food to homeless individuals in the DC area. Times I’ve volunteered there, we prepared the dinner meal in the kitchen. This is a very popular place for volunteering, so if you are looking to do so with a group, make sure you plan ahead.

For MLK Day I will be volunteering with my best friend at a Montgomery County Event in Maryland. If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer for a one-day event, I suggest looking on Eventbrite.

Are you volunteering for MLK Day? If so, where?! Any places I should try in DC?

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“Home” – Ocean Park, Washington

I am fortunate and unfortunate that my parents live in Ocean Park, Washington. Fortunate, because it is in the Pacific Northwest, but unfortunate because it is literally on the opposite side of the country from me(I’m in DC.)

The live on the that teeny tiny peninsula circled in red.

I try to visit at least twice a year to see my parents, and when I do, we always do some exploring along the coast. Below are some of my favorite things about and places to go along the Long Beach Peninsula.

1. The Beach –

Well this one is pretty obvious, but I love visiting the beach when I’m on the peninsula. The water is always too cold to go swimming, but the waves are always gorgeous, and it’s fun to do some beach combing during low-tide. Plus, Long Beach is one of the only beaches you can drive a vehicle on.

2. The wildlife –

Bears, Elks, Deer, oh my! And raccoons, and rabbits, and hummingbirds, and eagles, and seagulls galore! The peninsula is full of wildlife. The raccoons at my parents house get extra fat when I visit. I’ve named one, “Big Poppa,” but I’m pretty sure now that it’s a pregnant female.

3. The Food

The Long Beach Peninsula is also home to some great spots to eat. Here are some of my favorites:

The Pickled Fish – The Pickled Fish is located in a boutique hotel in Long Beach. The restaurant overlooks the Pacific Ocean. I love stopping in for a craft cocktail and my favorite….beets!

The Long Beach Tavern – My hubby and I really enjoy the Long Beach Tavern, they have great mushroom swiss burgers, french fries, onion rings, and halibut sandwiches. Plus, they also have a couple of pool tables and pull tabs, which make for an entertaining night.

New Garden Asian Cuisine – So this spot is not in Long Beach but is across the river in Seaside, Oregon. They have delicious Chinese food and a great lunch special during the week.

4. The Beer

There are two spots that I love to visit for brews when I get home, both of them are not actually located on the Peninsula, but just across the bridge in Astoria, Oregon.

The first is Rogue Ales Astoria Public House, they have amazing halibut fish and chips, an ever-changing selection of craft beer to try, and if you are lucky, you might even see some sea lions basking on the rocks.

My second favorite is Buoy Beer Company, in Astoria. What sets it apart is that they have a glass floor that you can see sea lions basking under a heat lamp through, plus it is also riverside and has amazing views.

5. The Sunsets

The Sunsets are always phenomenal, I’ve heard the sunrises are pretty great but then again I’m not ever awake that early to verify this 🙂

6. The Outdoor Fun

The Peninsula is a great place for camping and berry picking! I’ve heard the fishing is pretty great as well, but that is on our bucket list for a future trip!

I’m already looking forward to my next trip! Have you been to the Long Beach Peninsula? If so, where is your favorite place?

Teenage Angst – Spring Creek, Nevada

My time raising livestock as a teen in Spring Creek, Nevada.

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Youthful Adventures – Glennallen, Alaska

I was fortunate enough to spend the formative years of four (4) to twelve (12) growing up in the massive metropolis of Copper Center, Alaska. (Current population: 328) For some perspective on size, my elementary school consisted of less than 100 students from kindergarten thru sixth grade.

Alaska is one of my favorite places and if you have the chance to experience it I highly recommend a visit. Our house was adorable, it was weirdly designed in that it was only a two-bedroom, but it was on 5 acres of forest and had the Copper Basin River at the edge of the property line where we had a fish wheel. 

A fish wheel pics up sockeye salmon directly from the river and places them in the basket. At the time, we were allowed to catch 500 salmon per year. Because of this, I have a very hard time eating fish now, as I I like it to be super fresh and it rarely is.

At the age of eight (8) my mother signed me up to join the Copper Basin Junior Mushers, an organization that introduced me to great friends, hard work, teamwork, and most importantly, the sport of dog mushing. I loved my time as a dog musher, it is truly an amazing feeling to be in the middle of nowhere surrounded by snow with just your dogs. I hope you enjoy these super flattering pictures of me as a child! 🙂

Have you made a trip to Alaska? Where? What did you think?

NotSoSingle Lady Escapades – San Juan, Puerto Rico

My second trip to San Juan, PR, this time with my love.

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SingleLadyEscapades – San Juan, Puerto Rico

My first trip to Puerto Rico!

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Are you ready for the ride?

Welcome! And thank you for joining me. I am here to share my various travel experiences, various places I’ve called home, and the ins and outs of food and drink exploration around the DC Metro Area. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter, but some of the greatest lessons are learned on solo expeditions.

The aqua colored states are all places I have visited, the coral = places I have lived, and the gray = places that I have not visited.