Zac & Sam Get Married

Sam and I have both lived pretty normal lives.

When we met at the Gay Christian Network Conference in Nashville, we were on Winter break from college. Sam flew down from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and I drove up from the University of South Carolina. The friendship that began there blossomed into a two year long distance relationship and later into an engagement this past December as we moved to Minnesota together.

See? Pretty normal, huh. Continue reading

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Summits, Sunsets and Swanky Spas

logo-travel-effectEditor’s note: This post is part of a series themed to The Travel Effect, a national advocacy campaign created by the U.S. Travel Association.  Visit Seattle is committed to promoting the importance of travel and we remind our hard-working team members with a “Spontaneous Getaways” program. Each quarter, we award one employee a trip of their choosing. We provide the transportation and allocate extra paid time off, they return rejuvenated and sometimes even write about their travel experiences. We hope this post inspires you to book your own trip soon. 

Mount Adams - photo by Danielle Decker

Mount Adams – photo by Danielle Decker

Mount Adams, Washington State’s second-highest peak at 12,276 feet, towers over the small town of Trout Lake which sits more than 10,000 feet below the summit and is the last town before the South Summit Climb trailhead.  This is also where we stopped at the ranger station to pick-up a Volcano Pass which is required if you plan on hiking higher than 7,000 feet.  Our goal that weekend was the top; so, after the five-hour drive from Seattle we made the quick stop to pick up our pass and then hit the road for another slow hour along the one-lane washboard road to the trailhead. Continue reading

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Bumbershoot: A Love Story

Bumbershoot photo by Christopher Nelson.

Bumbershoot photo by Christopher Nelson.

Seattle’s festival of arts & music, Bumbershoot is one of my favorite annual events. Growing up in a small town about an hour away, I jumped at any chance to visit the “big city” for music and festivals. I attended my first Bumbershoot in the 1980s, and became a lifelong fan. Continue reading

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Celebrate Woodinville


Credit: Carol Hook,

Everyone knows Woodinville for wine, right? Woodinville is about so much more than wine and this Saturday, August 16th, it’s time for the entire family to visit Celebrate Woodinville ( and learn why! (Don’t worry… there’s wine involved, too). Continue reading

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Have Wine, Will Picnic: Your Guide to the Auction of Washington Wines, Aug. 14-16

USA, Washington, Seattle, Woodinville. Auction of Washington Picnic and Barrel Auction

Photo credit: Richard Duvall Images.

Every August Washington’s finest wines take center stage for three days of celebration, which brings together wine makers and wine enthusiasts alike. Known as the region’s most prestigious and largest charity wine event, the 27th Annual Auction of Washington Wines weekend takes place Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16, benefitting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Viticulture and Enology Research at Washington State University. Continue reading

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