THE SAUCY SIREN: SEATTLE, WA

When you think of Seattle, what images immediately pop into your mind? Many of us think of their sports teams, the Mariners and Sea Hawk. Perhaps you envision the iconic Space Needle, images of Jimmy Hendrix and the Experience Music Project, or the white, multi-decked ferries crossing Puget Sound with Mt. Ranier towering above?….and rain, Continue Reading »

SIZZLING SEATTLE

Note the LEGAL recreational marijuana in the mural. It wafts through the streets of the City here and there, and not just in the Hipster enclave, Belltown, where we stayed to keep cool…Hah! 90 degrees every day. This is the second summer of record setting heat in Seattle. We stayed cool with water play with Continue Reading »

THE DOMINATRIX: MT. RANIER, WA

She’s a beast of a mountain. She is demanding and wild; she doesn’t need whips and handcuffs because she looms so large with an enormous white glaciated cap. At 14,409 ft., the highest peak in the state, you can’t take your eyes off her. She demands your attention from everywhere in the State of Washington. Continue Reading »

RIDING THE RAILS: CONCRETE, WA

Well, the rail trail conversion anyway, on our bikes. With an enormous and historic logging industry in Oregon and Washington, came trains to move the timber. Enormously heavy, the rails could not exceed a 4% grade, perfect for cyclists. As timber and industry rails fell out of use all over the country, “Rail/Trail Conservancy” groups, Continue Reading »

DO THE WAVE: LOPEZ ISLAND, WA

Puget Sound is a huge tidal basin with 450 islands at low tide, sheltered by Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and Canada’s Vancouver Island. The Washington State Ferry that serves the islands, including a stop in Canada, is the largest ferry system in the world. It is extremely efficient and completely free for pedestrians and bicyclists traveling Continue Reading »

ANGELS IN OUR MIDST

Heading out for our Summer Road Trip started with a sputter. The local mechanic who kept our vehicle, promising repairs in the three days before our departure date…finally, on the day of departure admitted that he had done nothing and would do nothing as he was too booked with work. He also had our rig Continue Reading »

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