Halloween in Cabo San Lucas

More often than not we find ourselves in Cabo San Lucas on Halloween. In Seattle it’s rainy and cold and our tans are starting to wash off. The cure for this is to get into the sunshine quickly and build back up the tan and vitamin D. What better way to do this than to […]

Hiking Cape Flattery:  land’s end on the Olympic Peninsula

Want to have an awesome day hiking Cape Flattery?  Where?  Oh, I see.  You’ve never head of Cape Flattery.  Well, let us enlighten you about one of the most beautiful places in all of the Pacific Northwest. About four hours, maybe a little more, from Seattle is the Makah Indian Reservation.  If you watch the […]

A Cabin in the Woods:  why you should find one

Part of travel planning is finding suitable accommodations.  We’re pretty rough and tumble, so for us this could be a campsite or a cabin in the woods sooner than it’d be a 5 start hotel.  Not all of us are fortunate enough to know somebody with a cabin to borrow or have that second home […]

The Basics of Visiting the United States

As Americans, we’re always thinking about venturing out to other countries and planning a week long trip here and two weeks there.  When we look at going back to France, we know that it’s not ridiculous to plan a week or two to catch a few big sights and have time to relax.  When we […]

Health Benefits of Travel

When we travel, we’re always looking for things like quiet, clean air, a refreshing experience.  Sometimes people question us: “Ooh, why haven’t you taken the kids to New York City yet?  Wouldn’t Toronto be a fun family vacation?”  You know, we love to see new cities or go back to places that we’ve had a […]

Family Camping With Kids: 5 Dad Hacks

Dads have the stereotypical reputation of a few key things:  bad jokes, BBQing and convincing the family to rough it.  None of these are bad stereotypes, but also none are true for every dad.  I’ll be honest, these all are true for us…and doubly so as we’re a gay dad household.  Our sons are used to […]

Having a Baby via Surrogacy: roadblocks and success

Before we dig into our family’s story and how we came to be the fun crew we are today, remember that having a baby via surrogacy is a strange and bumpy path, particularly for people living in places with either very conservative laws or health systems that aren’t as progressive as ours in Washington State. […]

Behind the Picture at the Beach… without a helmet

The story behind the picture at the beach:  we live very close to a great beach.  Like, we can walk there in five minutes so we’re there ALLLLLL the time.  It’s still special and exciting to go even though we practically live there March through October.  This particular day was a very special one though.  […]

Behind the Picture at Point No Point Lighthouse

The story behind the picture:  we live in an amazing place called the Kitsap Peninsula.  It’s across the Puget Sound from Seattle and is just south of a major shipping lane.  It’s a place where you can watch small sailboats float by as three cruise ships barge through.  Because of the shipping lane, the Puget Sound […]

Travel Bucket List: where should we go?

We are always planning another trip; always adding to our travel bucket list.  A week out, month, maybe a year or two.  We need to have a list of where we want to go and what our next jaunt is.  Typically, we plan a year out, but sometimes it’s more, and then sometimes we are […]

Behind the Picture: at the Aquarium Touch Tank

The story behind the picture:  I’m a stay-at-home dad (me, Rob) so I get to do fun stuff with the boys every day.  Chris works in Seattle five days a week, so most of his fun time is mainly on the weekends or when we’re traveling.  One of our favorite things to do is to […]

Behind the Picture: Before the Splash at Poulsbo Fish Park

The story:  it was a fun day in the middle of the week and I had the boys with me.  Papa (Chris) was at work so the three of us were exploring.  We happened onto Fish Park.  That’s a weird name.  Weird but really cool.  We started trekking through the park and discovered that it’s […]

Returning to Favorite Destinations with Kids

Originally written for the Smart GayLife Before we had two kids, we were bold with our travel choices.  We could throw caution out the window and road trip through rural Mexico and get stopped and searched by armed military.  We could visit friends in San Francisco and stay out until 3am.  We could trek through Canada […]