Category Archives: Washington

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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The Great Volcano Road Trip Part 8 – Narada Falls and Rainier

Follow the road trip from the beginning here. We wound along the road to Longmire; a way peppered with waterfalls begging to be explored. Our first stop was at Narada Falls; a stunning spot where the Paradise River cascades into … Continue reading

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The Great Volcano Road Trip Part 7 – Reflections, Paradise & Prescient Rangers

Follow the road trip from the beginning here. It was with a sense of anticipation that Jo and I sprang into action upon rising. The weather forecasters had promised us a clear, sunny day to explore Mount Rainier but the … Continue reading

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The Great Volcano Road Trip Part 6 – Bat Cave and Dog Lake

Refreshed after a lazy hour in the sun by Bumping Lake, we set off once more along the loop back towards Mount Rainier. We stopped for a quick amble at Sawmill Flats Interpretive Trail; a gentle meander through Ponderosa pines … Continue reading

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The Great Volcano Road Trip Part 5 – Elk terror on the American River

Follow the trip from the beginning here. I cannot remember a time I have slept so soundly on a camping trip. When I finally stirred, pre-dawn light was making its way through the car window. I got out of the … Continue reading

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The Great Volcano Road Trip part 4 – Lava Canyon & Lahars

Follow the trip from the beginning here. Lava Canyon lies on the south side of Mount St Helens. When the volcano erupted in 1980 the heat destroyed Shoestring Glacier in a matter of minutes, triggering a massive mud flow that … Continue reading

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