Best female local travel blog

My name is Jennifer Mabus and I currently reside in Seattle, WA and am OBSESSED with this city.  I just needed to make that clear.

I am a Mechanical Engineer and a former college cheerleader (Go NEVADA) and an avid backpacker and a blonde (partially natural although I will pretend I wasn’t born a ginger) and an addict to travel but also one who is fearful of flying and so on and so forth with all of the polar opposite characteristics.

I may be a bit tormented as I so desperately wanted to major in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, then go on to Law AND Med school because why couldn’t I be an engineer, mathematician, lawyer, and doctor?  Like is there a rule saying I can’t?  My bank account said I couldn’t but that’s not the point.

The point is that I am a curious soul.  I crave experiences and thus learning.  I fail a lot.  But I also laugh a lot.  And this blog will hopefully highlight some of my favorite moments.  However, some moments I will keep to myself because dynamics of some experiences change when shared.  It’s OK to put the phone down and not post everything to social media.  You may feel like a selfish individual for not letting people see how awesome your life is at all times, but try to soak in some moments alone and I promise I won’t rant like this anymore.

But these experiences I share with you will hopefully only enhance what the world already has to offer.  And I am here to help encourage you to go find it.  And to also help myself remember how I want to live life.  Let’s help each other?



PS – If you scrolled down this far, maybe you can help.  Is there an actual name for the fat that has no where to go so it gets squished in between your boob and armpit and creates problems when no problems needed to be created?  I mean, I don’t necessarily mind it but I just wish it would choose somewhere else to go so it could be more useful.  Like my derriere perhaps?  But not my cheeks (like the cheeks on my face).  I’ve already been told I have what looks like butt cheeks on my face (thanks, Mom) so that’s not an ideal spot.  Anyway, if you know the answer, please let me know.  I will not sleep until I get to the bottom of this.


  • Exactly two years ago this picture was taken while I was camping at Ancient Lakes in Washington. I was with some familiar faces and also met new people who are still my friends till this day. But this whole trip was honestly the worst. 🤣 The heat was unbearable and I got quite the sunburn, even though sunscreen was applied. I brought a dog with me who literally walked right through my new Nemo tent, leaving a massive, gaping hole for our night’s sleep. And my car broke down before I even got there and someone had to come pick me up. I had never been so glad to be done with a weekend like this one. But I am glad it happened. It showed me more ways how things can go wrong while outdoors and it honestly forced me to look at the positive things happening (i.e. meeting new friends), and to not be in an awful mood the entire time. Attitude is key, I tell ya. It’s not always easy to check yourself, but it’s usually always worth it.
  • One of my favorite days here in Virginia Beach. My time here is coming to an end and it’s definitely bitter sweet. But goodness gracious I can’t wait to get away from this awful, humid, heat. 🥵 Anybody else braving this East Coast heat wave? 😟 #virginiabeach #heatwave #getmebacktowashington
  • I want to hear about a time you were really proud of yourself. For me, it was when I walked 1,000 miles continuously. I may have not done it the fastest or with the most grace, but gosh darnit I did it. 🤣
  • ✨Lake Aloha✨
  • Take the selfie. And smile when you do. Please know it’s ok to save a moment in picture form of when you were happy. Alive. Free. Filled with satisfaction and pride for yourself. ⁣
Please know it’s ok to share that selfie with others, if you want. And I hope you know that you don’t have to look “your best”. Because we usually look our best when happiness is exuding from us. ⁣
So please take that selfie of you falling in love with yourself and share it with the world to let others know they can fall in love with themselves as many times as possible, too.
  • Thru-hiking makes you hawt. 🔥

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