Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

Snow Lake Hike & Annette Lake Hike

Great views on the way up to Snow Lake! The lake itself, still covered in snow but it’s melting fast. I didn’t go down into the basin due to the … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Granite Mountain, WA state

  This hike kicked my butt! We were in the middle of a heat wave, and it was the steepest hike I’ve tried. And that’s not even including the alternate … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

Mount Washington Hike, WA state

They say a rainy day in the mountains beats a sunny day indoors. Well, what about a sunny day in the mountains??   Since my last post, I’ve completed six … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Swakane Canyon Trail, WA state

In late June I’ll be doing something I’ve dreamed about doing for a long, long time – the Inca Trail! It’s a 4-day hike through the Andes, with Machu Picchu … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lake Wenatchee (Aug 2015)

In August I went camping on the shores of Lake Wenatchee with three friends. We had such a fun time swimming, playing cards, hiking, and talking. It was so nice … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Too busy for reverse culture shock?

There has definitely been a bit of reverse culture shock, but it hasn’t been as bad as I was expecting. Probably because I’ve been so busy starting the new school … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Slowly settling in

I guess I forgot how much work it is to unpack an entire apartment! The last time I did this was the summer of 2010, and at that time I … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

One Week Left

A week from today, I’ll be spending my last night in my Madrid apartment, and then flying to Croatia the following morning. The goodbye will be a bit drawn-out as … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Moving Back to WA

Well, it’s official! I’ll be moving back to Washington this summer. I guess I’ll have to change the name of this blog! I’ve been offered a teaching position in a … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tug-of-war

I’ve been feeling pulled in two opposite directions lately, though one direction is definitely winning out – and I’ve been trying to figure out why. On one hand, I absolutely … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Contemplating My Future

I remember very clearly the exact moment I found out I had been hired to teach in Spain. I had been on the shortlist for a month, wondering what might … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Visiting WA (August 2013)

After finishing my 6+ week trip through Europe, I flew to WA to visit family and friends for 3 weeks. It was a whirlwind trip, I felt like I was … Continue reading

December 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Plan

It feels really great to be back in Madrid. I loved this city from my first day here, and that has never stopped. The crooked cobblestones. The children playing in … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Reflecting on this summer… Looking forward to this year…

I had a really busy summer! I visited 9 countries, 6 of those for the first time. I saw a ton of beautiful places, and had so many wonderful new … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 1 Comment