Category Archives: Washington

North Cascades Road Trip Pt 4 – Christmas in July

We drove south from Winthrop, stopping briefly in the tiny town of Twisp to grab a coffee and giggle at the ingeniously named “Cinnamon Twisp Bakery”. The rain which had hastened our departure from Winthrop caught up with us and sent … Continue reading

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North Cascades Road Trip Pt 3 – Driving in the Wild, Wild West

Jo and I were up early as sunlight flooded our campsite and the air filled with birdsong. The tantalizing aroma of coffee drifted across from a nearby campsite and I wished I had thought of bringing a flask – even … Continue reading

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North Cascades Road Trip Pt 2 – Liberty Bell and Lone Fir

After our brief respite at Cascadian Farm, we were back on the road heading towards the North Cascades. We stopped in Marblemount to fuel up, because it is home to the last gas station before entering the park. There wouldn’t … Continue reading

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North Cascades Road Trip Pt 1 – Climbing Sauk Mountain

My friend Jo and I had already done one amazing road trip to Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier but that felt like a lifetime ago. It had been too long since either of us had been to the mountains so together we … Continue reading

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Dirty Biter

La Conner is a quaint little town on the banks of the Swinomish Channel in the heart of Skagit Valley, Washington. It has a distinctly bohemian feel to it and has been home to several prominent artists, sculptors and writers through … Continue reading

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12 free things to do in Seattle’s Pike Place Market

No trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to Pike Place Market, with its bustling stalls, cobbled streets and neon signs. Filled to overflowing with the freshest of produce and flowers, hand-crafted jewellery, artisan breads, jams, honey and … Continue reading

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Lenin versus Lennon

I’ve written before about Fremont, with its Troll and Billy Goats, and its homage to Casablanca, but there are many more landmarks in this Seattle neighbourhood.  One of the most unexpected is a giant statue of Vladimir Lenin, casting an … Continue reading

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The Endangered Pergola of Pioneer Square

I’ve spent a fair bit of time exploring oddities in the Ballard, Fremont and Georgetown neighbourhoods of Seattle, but apart from the neon library and the Gum Wall, I haven’t shown you much of downtown Seattle yet. So here is … Continue reading

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Witness Trees

When the first US land surveys were underway in the 1800s and land was being parceled up and distributed amongst settlers, the corners of each section and quarter section were marked either by a post erected on prairie land; or … Continue reading

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Sonic Bloom

There’s a fabulous new art exhibit at Seattle Center that I’m hoping is here to stay because it’s so much fun. Created by artist and sculptor Dan Corson, Sonic Bloom consists of five giant solar-powered flowers reaching up to 40 … Continue reading

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