Fremont, Washington – ‘Center of the Universe’

Fremont, Washington. Fremont, Nebraska. Two cities with the same name. What do they have in common beyond their name? Absolutely nothing. One sits on the Nebraska plains, a city of about 22,000 with a conservative-looking downtown that could be a scene out of a 1960s movie. The second is the “Center of the Universe.” Fremont, […]

‘Talk to the Animals’ – Meeting new animals at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

The red wolf is a perfect example why we need to protect wild animals. Less than 30 years ago, only 14 red wolves existed in the world. The wolves were captured and brought to the Tacoma zoo, thanks to a program supported through American zoos and aquariums. The Species Survival Plan helped Point Defiance Zoo […]

Anchors Aweigh: A visit to Bremerton’s naval attractions

As we entered Bremerton, the first thing that popped into my head was the song “Anchors Aweigh,” the Naval Academy’s march. If you’re a fan of American naval history, then the city along Washington’s Puget Sound is for you. My daughter Mallory and I spent an afternoon touring the Navy museum, as well as a […]

Otterly Divine: Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo

My second visit to Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo could have been titled “Otters. Otters. And More Otters.” Our daughters are addicted to otters. They even have matching otter tattoos, with outstretched arms toward the other. My visit with Mallory included spending extra time at the otter exhibit (to be fair, they are adorable animals and […]

Play ball! Check out these baseball attractions

It’s opening day for baseball fans. The crack of the bat. The smell of a glove’s leather. Baseball is back. Will the Chicago Cubs repeat as World Series champs? Will Cleveland end its baseball title drought? Doesn’t matter; everyone thinks their team is good enough to win it all…right now. As you grab a hot […]

Filling our 2017 bucket list on ‘National Plan for Vacation Day’

Welcome to “National Plan for Vacation Day.” Jan. 31 has been designated as the day to help people plan their time off for the year. Project Time Off says that people who plan their vacations early in the year actually take time off from work for some recreation. It’s vital that people plan to take time […]

Seattle’s MoPop: ‘Star Trek’ at 50

It started as a five-year mission “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” This was the mission of the original “Star Trek” television series. Its mission was cut short after three seasons and 79 episodes. However, it proved to be […]

Travels 2016: From Mickey Mouse to Lewis and Clark, trips took us beyond the Midwest

Our 2016 travels took us to 12 states, nine of them in the Midwest. With a daughter now living in the Pacific Northwest, annual trips to the region have become the norm. And with Lisa and me attending travel conferences, opportunities to visit other states arise. Lisa found herself at Disney World this year. Lisa […]

Exploring Seattle and beyond

Having traveled to Seattle three times in the past year, I’ve seen quite a bit of the city. My recent trip took me beyond the tourist attractions of the Waterfront. I ventured out to new cities, while still checking out a few Seattle favorites, as I explored more of the Pacific Northwest. Pike Place Kicking […]

Seattle rings in holiday season with lights, wizards and princesses

Since our daughter Mallory moved to Seattle in 2015, I’ve been able to take part in the area’s holiday festivities for the last two Christmas seasons. It’s interesting to see how areas celebrate the same holiday differently. Since I was visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday, I was able to catch the opening days of some […]

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