Hi there! I’m Kay and I write for the Paws and Pines website.
About Paws and Pines
Paws and Pines is a travel and lifestyle website dedicated to appreciating and highlighting amazing spots related to animal and nature.
Why I Created This Site
My name is Kay and I think I’m officially obsessed with animals and nature. Whenever I take a trip, the highlights and memories always relate to interactions with animals or exploring the outdoors. The museums, the restaurants, the streets with “great shopping” — they all get pushed aside and eventually fade away; I’m not the most extroverted so I don’t meet as many locals as I may prefer; but I always remember the animals and the beautiful natural views!
I could not list my favorite historical monuments in Italy anymore without referencing my photos. I can no longer tell you the difference between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. Hotels that I raved about just weeks after my trips have escaped my memories now.
The memories that I have not forgotten, and probably will not forget, include feeding the wallabies by hand in Australia, experiencing the breath-taking landscapes while driving around Iceland, visiting a grizzly bear sanctuary in Vancouver, taking a crazy 3-day hike (where I thought I was going to die) in New Zealand, and observing 100+ shelter cats frolicking through temple ruins in Rome.
And that’s why I decided a site like Paws and Pines had to exist. Because if I found out about those experience only after my trips, I would have been so sad to have missed out on the opportunity.
Navigate the Site
Kay’s Journal is the blog portion of the website where I write about my personal experiences and travels. I often travel with Henry, who is credited for taking most of the beautiful photos. While exploring our current city, we will often travel with our beagle spaniel, Clover, as well.
Explore the World is my research and compilation of photos to highlight places all around the world. There is only so much traveling I can do on my own but I don’t want my travel restrictions to stop me from researching amazing places for you. So, in this section, I thoroughly research a specific region and highlight all the interesting places to encounter amazing animals or beautiful nature. Additionally, I curate public Instagram photos because photos are much more powerful than words. If you like the photos, you can also follow the user as I link directly to the original Instagram profiles.
- I hope that while browsing the Paws and Pines website, you’ll be inspired to plan a trip to one of these amazing locations.
- I hope that you’ll use Paws and Pines as a go-to reference whenever you start trip-planning, if you’re as much of an animal-lover / nature-enthusiast as I am.
- I hope that with every post you read, you’ll squeal in delight at the adorable animals in the photos as much as I did when compiling / writing each post.
- I hope that you’ll help me develop Paws and Pines by providing recommendations to awesome places you think I’m missing in a highlighted region / city.
- And above all, I truly hope this website is educational, useful, and fun for you to use!
By the way, I’m on Instagram @pawsandpines where I highlight places to visit to encounter animals. In general, the content on Instagram differs from this website’s content so follow me on Instagram AND subscribe to this website’s newsletter to stay updated with any new information.
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♥ Kay from Paws and Pines