It’s rare that I find myself exploring the natural areas in Vancouver, Washington, despite the fact that it’s only a few miles away. Mostly, it’s because there are so many options in and around Portland. However, on one spectacular day, my friend Cassie and I decided to visit the Salmon Creek Park and Greenway Trails. … Continue reading
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Seattle, WA: Shhh, Only the Cool Locals Know!
One of my first trips to Seattle was while visiting my family in Oregon before I lived there myself. I wanted to see the iconic city I’d seen in movies and heard about from friends. I did most of the touristy stuff and felt like there had to be things to do in the city … Continue reading
Seattle, WA: Doing the Touristy Stuff
If you’ve never been to Seattle, you must see some of the iconic places on the tourist maps first hand, especially the Pike Place Public Market (Fish Market) and the Space Needle (Seattle Center). Not only have these two destinations helped to put Seattle on the map, they have inspired artists of all kinds including … Continue reading
Seattle, WA: Wooden Boats, a Museum Loaded with Treasures
When I was a child, my father built a wooden sailboat with his bare hands. He learned to bend the boards just right to build the body, hand-sanded each piece, and when it was complete he sailed it all around the Niantic river where I grew up. I have some fond memories of playing in … Continue reading
Seattle, WA: The 5 Point for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
If there is one dive bar in Seattle that is a must-go, it’s The 5 Point! Without a doubt, it’s one of the best little places and it’s in the heart of Seattle, a few blocks from the Space Needle, the Tram, and the city center. Its location off 5th Avenue and Denny Way makes … Continue reading
Seattle, WA: Check for Butterflies Before You Go!
The Pacific Science Center is home to many different exhibits, but one of my favorites is the Tropical Butterfly House. The Butterfly House is a beautiful way to enjoy fluttering butterflies, their colorful wings, and a warm tropical garden. It opened on December 26, 1998, with the goal of utilizing the 4,000 square foot exhibit space … Continue reading
Seattle, WA: SAM you are Wonderful!
Each and every time I travel to Seattle with a day to explore the city, I head to the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Garden, affectionately known as SAM. I truly enjoy the broad scope of art found here as I wander through this sculpture garden. It sits on the edge of the sound and is … Continue reading
Bremerton, WA: Just a Ferry Ride Away From Seattle
Bremerton, Washington, is the largest city located on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington with just under 40,000 residents. Bremerton is the home of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Bremerton Annex of Naval Base Kitsap. The city is connected to downtown Seattle by a 55-minute ferry, which carries both vehicles and walk-on passengers along a 15.5 mile route to and from Seattle. As a … Continue reading
Ape Cave: Ancient Lava Tubes, a Winter Wonderland
It’s December and I really want to go for a hike. I want that feeling that being surrounded by nature and being outside give you. Unfortunately for me, the weather has not been good here in Portland, but I’ve never been one to stay in because of a little rain. There are very few places … Continue reading