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I'd never been to a conference before but I'd been looking forward to TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) for a while. I first heard about it through Twitter hashtags while it was going on 2 summers ago in Chicago. And then I didn't get my act together to go last year in New York. And so I decided to go this year, to Vancouver, to my first conference ever. So I booked my ticket and grabbed a flight to Seattle and a train to Vancouver because it was way cheaper. And luckily my flight out of O'Hare left only an hour...

Our trip from Seattle to Hyder, Alaska lasted three days. It was about 20 hours of driving each way which was a long journey to get to a town that basically held nothing. But it was definitely worth it. There really is nothing in Hyder, Alaska but it's one of those places that you go to just to say you went. And you should totally go! Because it's awesome. ...

Woke up in Prince George. Headed home. By home I mean the U.S., but not home home. Saw more awesomesauce, such as a town called Williams Lake that was having their annual stampede! We drove and drove and drove some more until we finally hit the border again and had an interesting exchange at customs...