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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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Fresh like a 100-year-old glacier!

Beers of the Northern Rockies and the Northwest

By     |    Jul 19, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming     |    1 Comment

Read the stats and we’re a Budweiser nation. Travel around, and it seems like nobody drinks the stuff. Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin is a Miller strong-hold that spreads into the surrounding area. Same with Yuengling and the Pennsylvania area and Coors and Colorado. Meanwhile, Upstate New York loves its Labatt Blue. The only place that seems to support Bud is St. Louis – no surprise there. So what gets […]

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Google Map of our route to Rainier.

Grand Coulee Dam and a Damn Good Drive

By     |    Jul 18, 2012
Posted in: Drives, Washington     |    No Comments

Well, we got so excited writing about Mt. Rainier that we skipped writing about the drive there. It was a great drive. We drove through amber waves of grain, Utah-like canyons, and it all started on a ferry. You can street-view it here: Grand Coulee Dam route. It took two days — we stopped in Wenatchee for the night. We’ll probably never go back there … Driving in eastern Washington […]

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Kapow! I'm Mount Rainier, Bitch!

Mt. Rainier: The Mountain with Sound Effects

By     |    Jul 17, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Washington     |    3 Comments

The thing I love about Mount Rainier is how it reveals itself. It’s just not visible all the time even / especially when you’re right next to it. It hides. It’s shy or something. And then BAM! there it is. Other times it’s more like ta-DA!! or da-dada-DA!! Somehow, whenever I see it, my mind plays a sound effect. You see its shoulder, you see its upper shoulder, then its […]

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My caffeine source: the Melitta Perfect Brew Coffee Cone.

Caffeinated Mt. Rainier

By     |    Jul 16, 2012
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I kinda like it when the stereotypes are true. While camping in Mount Rainier National Park, I noticed our neighbors had two (2!!) coffee presses ready for brewing. Big ones too. They even had a little travel-sized one like I used to use too. Amazing. So the coffee thing about Seattle seems to be true. Saw another French press on somebody’s dashboard while camping just south of town. We haven’t seen this […]

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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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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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