We Luck Into Willapa Bay Oysters

We Luck Into Willapa Bay Oysters

It was Jeff’s tip that aimed us towards Willapa Bay. He mentioned an oyster place he liked, located right on the bay in Bay Center. We found Bay Center, but we never found the restaurant. We drove every road in town, some of them twice, a …

Wine Pairing: Sweet Wine with Chips and Salsa

Wine Pairing: Sweet Wine with Chips and Salsa

We’re fans of Champagne and potato chips. They’re great together. Champagne and popcorn is good too, but we really like the chips (“crisps” for our British readers). This duo is just as good. Got a bottle of sweet wine but don’t want to wait until …

Olympic NP’s Trail of Terror

Olympic NP’s Trail of Terror

The Trail of Terror starts with the flat and easy 1.4 mile stroll to Third Beach near La Push, WA along Olympic Park’s Pacific shore area. Walk south down the beach towards the waterfall. Look for the trail sign near where the beach narrows. It’s …

Twilight in Forks, WA

Twilight in Forks, WA

Twilight, that novel about sexy vampires or something, was set in Forks, Washington, the rainiest town in the US. It averages 211 days of rain per year here. Our friend, Jane, tipped us of to the Twilight thing saying: Twilight was set there, which they …

Foggy Memories in Olympic National Park

Foggy Memories in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is made up of many separate, unique areas. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss them. The park covers a large part of the Olympic Peninsula, across the Puget Sound from Seattle, plus a narrow strip of land along the Pacific Ocean. …

Riding the Seattle – Bainbridge Island Ferry

Riding the Seattle – Bainbridge Island Ferry

Eric, a former Seattle resident, gave us this tip: The thing I would recommend more than anything else is taking a ferry.  They’re just awesome.  There is a ferry terminal downtown (a couple blocks from Pike Place).  The ferries are huge and you can walk …

Seattle’s Green Coup: The Death of the Plastic Bag

Seattle’s Green Coup: The Death of the Plastic Bag

It’s true. As of July 1st, 2012, the plastic bag is dead…murdered by the city of Seattle, complete with full (and hilarious) obituary in the Seattle Weekly (which reminded us of our dear old Chicago Reader, except with even more advertising). Quote: “In lieu of flowers, please …

Oysterless in Seattle or We Find Oysters at The Walrus and The Carpenter

Oysterless in Seattle or We Find Oysters at The Walrus and The Carpenter

I was excited to be in Seattle, close to the ocean, and nearer to oysters again. I’d just read about Olympia Oysters in a book … publushed in the ’70s. Turns out they were nearly extinct for a bit. They’re not at a store near …

A Tale of Three Burgers

A Tale of Three Burgers

Cheeseburgers are everywhere. Good ones are rare (cooked medium). We’ve found a bunch of good burgers on the trip so far — they just might be the ultimate road food. We were on our way to Rainier and we already knew where we’d be getting …

VW Vans of Seattle

VW Vans of Seattle

I’m pretty sure Seattle has the highest per-capita concentration of VW vans outside of Stuttgart, Germany. They’re everywhere, so I took some pictures of them. Just a few of them. I want one.

A Seattle Ramble

A Seattle Ramble

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. …

Playing House in Seattle

Playing House in Seattle

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 …