By the time you are reading this, my husband and I are on our way to our five-year anniversary trip to Seattle and Portland. These two cities have long been on our “must-see” list. I have been to California several times but never further north than San Francisco. My husband has been as far west as Colorado. Having had children in our lives since the day we got married, my stepchildren were almost 7 at the time, we really wanted to make a five-year, adults-only vacation happen for ourselves. So, after cobbling together some savings and using up many years of credit card travel points, we were able to make this trip a reality without going overboard on cost.