Laura Claypool

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Category Archives: adventures

Fall Foliage in the North Cascades

OCTOBER 2-3 | WINTHROP, WA My mom, sister, and I drove the Cascade Loop Highway earlier this summer and saw beautiful lakes and waterfalls.  It was a very long drive … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

10 Easy Hikes Near Seattle

Seattle doesn’t have big hikes in the city itself, but you can find yourself surrounded by forests within 90 minutes.  If you’re only visiting for a few days and have … Continue reading

October 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Don’t Skip Mount St. Helens

COUGAR, WA | SEPTEMBER 6 In elementary school, we learned all about Washington State history and geography.  I learned the names of a bunch of cities I’ve still never been … Continue reading

September 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Baltimore Is a Foodie City?!

BALTIMORE, MD | August 22-27 I cancelled all my travel plans for 2020 because of the pandemic, but Sarah’s post-grad job is located in Baltimore at the National Institutes of … Continue reading

August 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Flying South for Spring Break

AUSTIN, TX I got so busy with life I guess I forgot to write about this trip back in March 2019! This was my first time going to Texas. I … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Monterey for Kat’s Birthday Weekend

MONTEREY, CA While I know a lot of places around Southern California, anything past Santa Barbara has been largely a mystery to me. A couple of years ago, I had … Continue reading

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Quick Trip to SLO

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA My friends and I had been trying to go to San Luis Obispo (SLO) for a while.  It’s really not that far from Los Angeles, about … Continue reading

April 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

5 Days in New York

NEW YORK & CONNECTICUT This year, I took an extra two days off from work and visited a few friends from college in New York for Labor Day weekend. Thank … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Spend a Day in Seattle

*This itinerary assumes you get an early start, by 8am because that is the way I travel* Depending on the weather, I’d walk or take the bus, as parking can … Continue reading

September 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Spring Break: Exploring SoCal

SANTA BARBARA & SAN DIEGO DAY 1 (Saturday) Because UW and Chapman’s spring break lined up again, my sister and my mom came down to California for the first half … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Seeing Salvation Mountain (Finally!!)

NILAND, CA I had been wanting to go to Salvation Mountain ever since my freshman year when a girl from one of my classes went and her boyfriend took awesome … Continue reading

February 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Ultimate Pop-Up: 29Rooms

LOS ANGELES, CA Refinery29 is a digital entertainment company focused on empowering American women. 

December 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

LOS ANGELES, CA This was a highly anticipated pop-up museum at The Broad in Los Angeles, way more so that the Museum of Ice Cream. 

December 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Windy Sunset in San Pedro

SAN PEDRO, CA Where is San Pedro?  Quite far away from Chapman, that’s where. 

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Happy 21st Jordan!

LAS VEGAS, NV Since Jordan doesn’t drink or party, I never thought we would be celebrating his birthday in Las Vegas. 

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Snacking in Seattle

SEATTLE, WA As most Seattlites, I’ve been to Pike Place Market a lot.  But there’s so much food to eat, there’s no way to try everything you want during one … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ferry Trip to Friday Harbor

SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA My friend Kyra and I planned one day trip while I was home for 10 days over the summer, and we decided to go to Friday … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Pit Stop in Oregon

SPRINGFIELD, OR My college friend (just friends!!) Jordan talks about his home in Oregon all the time and always says that my friends and I could visit him. 

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Getting Artsy at the 14th Factory

LOS ANGELES, CA I had heard of this exhibit from Instagram back in February, but I forgot about it until I saw a post saying it was closing in a … Continue reading

July 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

#Views in Rancho Palos Verdes

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA I had heard of Palos Verdes from the tv show, Awkward, but I didn’t know that is one of the most affluent parts of LA County. … Continue reading

July 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Drive Down I-5

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO & LA JOLLA, CA Dory Ann had driven down to San Diego in the spring, and she kept raving about how La Jolla was her favorite place, … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Below Watts Towers & Above the Hollywood Hills

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA Since I was interning in North Hollywood, and my friend Callie was interning in West Hollywood and had a house in the Hollywood Hills, we planned … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Claypools Take Catalina Island

My friends have family in Santa Catalina Island and they go every summer, so I’ve heard about it for a while.  Freshman year, there was a University Program Board trip … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Museum of Ice Cream in LA

LOS ANGELES, CA I first heard about the Museum of Ice Cream on Facebook.  I “liked” a bunch of Facebook pages about things to do in Los Angeles like LA … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Where’s the Spring 2017 L.A. “Super Bloom?”

WALKER CANYON, LAKE ELSINORE, CA My Facebook feed was full of articles with headlines about the “super bloom” of flowers, specifically poppies, in Southern California because of the unusual amount … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Good Eats: Spring Break Edition

LOS ANGELES + SANTA MONICA + BALBOA ISLAND, CA MARCH 18-MARCH 23 This spring break, I didn’t go back to WA.  Instead, Sarah and her friend Sophie came down to … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

First Time at The Broad

LOS ANGELES, CA True art snobs know it’s pronounced “brode” not “broad,” don’t ask me why. I had been wanting to come to The Broad for a year, ever since … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Girls & Melrose

LOS ANGELES, CA This was our first photo adventure with the lovely Emma Liegler! She’s an actual model, and I loved shooting her.  This plan was born out of the … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Best Golden Hour at Venice Beach

VENICE, CA This was my first time at Venice Beach, and while I have been told it can be dangerous at night, golden hour and sunset were amazing. The old-fashioned … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

As Seen on La La Land

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA I had actually never even heard of La La Land until I got back to America.  There was very little mention of it on social media … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Semester Abroad Recap Video

Here’s a little glimpse into what I’ve seen these past 3.5 months while studying abroad! I often forgot to take videos places as I was more focused on taking photos, … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Penny Water at Karlovy Vary

KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLIC This is a city about 2 hours away from Prague.  We booked this trip the week before as our one final trip of the semester!  We … Continue reading

December 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Dresden: We Couldn’t Handle a Day Trip

DRESDEN, GERMANY December 1, 2016 Thank goodness I was almost Dres-done with traveling.  When we booked this day trip, it seemed so far away, but then all of a sudden it … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Christmas Market Hopping in Vienna

VIENNA, AUSTRIA November 24-25 My 20th country!! Like most cities I went to, I don’t know why I wanted to go to Vienna.  Austria just sounded cool.  I was a … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Becoming a Potato in Warsaw

WARSAW, POLAND November 17-20 When I was thinking about all the places I wanted to visit this semester, I never thought about Poland.  What’s even in Poland?  One of my … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

When in Prague…See Twenty One Pilots!

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC There are a few American artists touring in Europe and coming to Prague while I will be here.  Justin Bieber, The Lumineers, Elton John, and Twenty One … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bus2Alps: Is It for You?

Bus2Alps is a student tour agency, and ambassadors were reaching out to me with discount codes and information early this summer.  They have all sorts of trips from weekends in … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 3 Comments

Fall Break City #4: Corfu

AGIOS GORDIOS, CORFU, GREECE Honestly, I would have rather gone back to Prague than go to Corfu.  The weather was bad, our hostel wasn’t within walking distance of anything, and … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

Fall Break City #3: Santorini

FIRA & OIA, SANTORINI, GREECE I have wanted to go to Santorini ever since I watched The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie when I was in middle school but … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Fall Break City #2: Athens

ATHENS, GREECE Always a cool place to go, definitely try to get there if you can.  Maybe not through Bus2Alps. DAY 3 We got to the mainland, then took a … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 2 Comments