explore NW Spring 2022

A Dreamer’s Sparkplug | explore:NW 

Have you ever made a bucket list? Recently, my husband and I put together a small time capsule. It was nothing elaborate, just a jar filled with memories and dreams. The memories we wrote independently and together. Our favorite date. Top TV shows. Small idiosyncrasies we wish we could change about the other person. The classic stuff.

But the dreams, a bucket list really, we scribed as a couple. We laughed and kibitzed over it. We lamented about how our goals had changed and reveled at how our sense of fun had evolved.

Even after we closed the time capsule and tucked the bucket list away for a future date, we kept dreaming. And I was struck at how much creating and reading this magazine is like creating a bucket list. It’s a dreamer’s spark plug. 

Because there’s so much to see right here in the Pacific Northwest. Even when you’re from Seattle the city offers epic views, inspiring museums, and fun things to do. Really want to dive in? Try a staycation. Book yourself a hotel room with a view of the water like Lisette Wolter-McKinley did with her family and watch the sun set over Elliot Bay as the Seattle Great Wheel spins.


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During your Seattle meanderings, making sure to stop by MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry. The 50,000 square-foot space chronicles the evolution of Seattle from a wild, untouched frontier land to a hub for tech.

Or head to the end of the road and learn to surf. At the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Tofino offers some of the best surfing year-round. Just don’t forget to check out the Wickaninnish Inn — the exquisite three-star resort tucked among 100 acres of old-growth forest is an experience in and of itself. 

Because whether you’re planning a trip to sleepy Lopez Island to sample some of the best bread in all of America or geeking out over your love of literature on Orcas, there’s a lot to savor. Along with being surrounded by beauty, you’re sure to be inspired to keep dreaming of new experiences and destinations — close to home and a little further. 

At least, that’s my hope. That you read this magazine and are fueled with the passion to explore more.