Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Colchuck Lake Hike

I love all things fall:
Pumpkins
Pumpkin-flavored-everything
Apples
Weather
Leaves
Color
Scarves and boots
Oktoberfest

Since moving to the PNW, Aaron and I go to Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, WA.  
It's this tiny little German town in the middle of the mountains.

I love love love love Leavenworth.
Via
Aaron and I decided to hike to Colchuck Lake
And for good reason
If you ever make it to Washington, put this on your list of hike you MUST do.  

Road trip time!


Once a rock climber, always a rock climber










That's the stank eye



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Honeymoon Part 2 - Santorini! (continued)

Previous Posts

Our second day in Santorini included:
  • Hiking a volcano
  • Swimming in hot spring
  • Visiting the island of Thirasa for lunch



Top of the volcano

Funny story:  Aaron has never been in the ocean.
Like… never.
In order to get to the hot springs, we had to swim from the boat to the springs.  
Aaron dove from the boat, and when he surfaced he exclaimed,
"IT'S SO SALTY!!!"
Why yes honey - it's the ocean :-)
Hot springs!


Lunch in Thirasa

Sleepy hubby




That water … absolutely gorgeous


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Honeymoon Part 1 - Santorini! (photo overload)

How convenient is it that day #7 for #Blogtober14 happens to be "Best/Worst Vacation"?!  I just HAPPEN to have honeymoon photos that I've been dying to share!  So I'm going to skip the "worst" vacation part and stick to the "best" vacation :-)

Rather that photo OVERload, I've decided to just post our first day in Santorini.  I tried to post our entire Santorini stay, but realized I was using far too many photos.

On day #1 Aaron and I went into the town of Fira to explore.  We decided we wanted to do the hike from Fira to Oia which attracts only a fraction of Santorini's visitors.

The hike was beautiful, LONG, but beautiful.  It was secluded which was a nice change of pace considering everything was packed with tourists.

View of breakfast at our hotel









I married that goober





After our long hike, we re-hydrated shortly and decided we should descend the 218 steps down to the pier.  It wasn't long after we started that I realized I was living out my Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants DREAM!  We were walking straight down to the pier while passing donkeys and little cave dwellings.

My little heart was thumping away.




View from the pier - Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, anyone!!?!



The water was GORGEOUS.  Had Aaron and I really been on top of things we would have brought a bathing suit to join the rock jumpers near the pier.  But instead we just watched.
Then hiked back up the stairs just in time for the famous Oia sunset.








We were so exhausted from our hiking we missed dinner.

….. two nights in a row.

Helene in Between Blogtober

Friday, October 03, 2014

It's me!

I'm back!  It's me!  I'm alive!

My goodness where do I even start?  This past month has been such a whirlwind.  In the past 5 weeks I have:
  1. Traveled to DC to conduct a training for a client.  There I was hospitalized due to my kidneys.  Ever want to know what a kidney infection looks like?  Just let the urine do the talking...
  2. Traveled to Reno for my bachelorette party and bridal shower!!  My heart was so incredibly happy the entire time I was with my beautiful friends and family. 
  3. Traveled to Vegas for a work conference
  4. Traveled BACK to Reno to, you know, get hitched :-)  I had the most amazing time of my life and am still on cloud 9  
  5. Traveled to GREECE for our wonderful HONEYMOON!! 

And now I'm home and don't plan on hopping on ANY planes ANY time soon!
Which basically means more time to get caught up on my beautiful bloggy :-)

I'm still in the process of uploading photos, so stay tuned!  

My Life as Ashley Cray

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