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A Seattle Ramble

By     |    Jul 23, 2012
Posted in: Washington     |    3 Comments

One of my favorite things to do in a city is to pick a direction and just start walking. One morning we set out on Seattle’s 50th Street headed west, with the locks and fish ladder between Lake Union and Puget Sound our loose destination. We found lots of great stuff along the way as we transitioned from neighborhoods filled with cute bungalows to warehouses with famous occupants to the […]

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Fresh fish.

Playing House in Seattle

By     |    Jul 20, 2012
Posted in: Washington     |    4 Comments

We had five glorious days…five days to house-sit for a family friend in Seattle, five days to remember what it’s like to live indoors, in one place, in one of the most interesting cities in the country. I’d been dreaming about this for weeks. I don’t know what I’ve missed most about living indoors in a city…but I reveled in the warm, sunny kitchen with the smell of toast and […]

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The second day, Mt. Rainier was wearing an inverted tilde.

Peaceful Mt. Rainier

By     |    Jul 16, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Washington     |    No Comments

Peaceful…that’s a joke of course. There are signs everywhere warning you that Mt. Rainier is still an active volcano. It’s a little unsettling to bed down for the night or set out for a hike after reading signs that warn you of potential geothermal activity like eruptions, mudslides, avalanches, flash floods, etc. Sleep tight, but if you hear something that sounds like a freight train, run for the hills (the […]

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Paul working through a difficult haiku.

Writing haiku in Glacier National Park

By     |    Jul 13, 2012
Posted in: Montana, Parks     |    2 Comments

Inspired by a boardwalk nature trail with haiku on the panels, we returned to our campsite to compose our own silly haiku. You remember haiku from elementary school? Those three-line poems with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third? Maybe if traveling doesn’t work out, we can become roving bad-haiku missionaries. Here are our favorites from our haiku-session in Glacier National Park: Paul […]

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CoCoVan rocking a beret, mole, and cigarette. We've got to break her of that habit.

Meet CoCoVan.

By     |    Jul 13, 2012
Posted in: Reality     |    3 Comments

We were driving down a particularly exciting section of road in Glacier National Park when Rocky confessed something to us. “Ahem. Hey, guys,” he said, “…after all this time together, I have to tell you that I haven’t been completely honest about myself. I’ve been hiding something from you. I’m not who you think I am. I’m not Rocky. I’m really CoCoVan … I’m a woman.” “Coq au vin?” we […]

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Is Imitation Flattery?

By     |    Jul 12, 2012
Posted in: Reality     |    2 Comments

Growing up, you’re always told that imitation is the best form of flattery. If imitation is flattery, then what is downright plagarism? If you create content online, it’s a good idea to play Nancy Drew every few months and see if that content has developed its own life, a life outside your website. I finally had a chance to catch up in Seattle, and I found a few abuses. There’s […]

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The trail I was excited to hike: closed.

Snowed under in Glacier National Park

By     |    Jul 12, 2012
Posted in: Montana, Parks     |    6 Comments

One of the great things about mountain parks like Glacier National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park is that they give regular people easy access to the tundra. What, you don’t want to hike 8,000+ vertical feet or over 10+ miles just to get a glimpse of spring wildflowers at 10,000 feet? No problem, if you’re in Glacier, just drive up to the Logan Pass Visitor’s Center, park your car, […]

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Boat in the bay

Visiting Lake Pend Oreille and My Dad’s College Buddy, Jeff

By     |    Jul 11, 2012
Posted in: Idaho     |    No Comments

While passing through northern Idaho, we stopped to visit one of my Dad’s college buddies, Jeff, and his wife, Mary, for an action-packed 24 hours. Jeff and Mary have a place on Lake Pend Oreille (means earring, loosely), a large lake north of the more touristy Lake Coeur d’Alene. It’s a beautiful lake; National Forests surround much of the lake and sheer cliffs make long sections uninhabitable. It still feels wild, […]

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Our Walla Walla sampling.

Wine tasting in Walla Walla, Washington

By     |    Jul 10, 2012
Posted in: Washington, Wine     |    3 Comments

Try to say this without smiling: I am drinking wine from Walla Walla, Washington. It’s impossible; it’s just too much fun to wrap your mouth around the words. But first, I should warn you right away that we didn’t actually visit any tasting rooms on our trip through Walla Walla. Instead, we drove past them and headed straight to the Safeway and grabbed a few interesting-looking local bottles to sample […]

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One of the many tragic scenes in Romeo and Juliet.

How Boise became one of my favorite towns

By     |    Jul 6, 2012
Posted in: Idaho     |    3 Comments

It didn’t happen all at once. When we first visited Boise, it was January and the city seemed to be asleep. I enjoyed the Basque restaurants, hiking in the foothills with friends, and The Modern Hotel and Bar…but I wasn’t yet in love with the city. When we returned in June, the city was awake and alive, in the full throes of summer. That’s when it happened. Here’s what helped […]

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