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 […]

Christmas 2016: Seattle zoo celebrates holidays with ‘Wildlights’ display

Editor’s Note: We are taking a look at holiday celebrations around the country as part of our holiday spirit this year.   Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo combines wildlife with holiday lights during the annual “Wildlights” exhibit, which runs from today (Nov. 25) through Jan. 1. My daughter Mallory and I took in the event last […]

Columbia Center shines a new view on Seattle

The Space Needle is the place to get the best views of Seattle, right? While the Needle is a great spot and is a popular tourist attraction, the Columbia Center in the downtown district may offer a better view of the region’s scenery. My daughter Mallory suggested we visit the Columbia Center. The Sky View […]

Spending a beautiful day on Bainbridge Island

This trip marked our second visit to Bainbridge Island, Washington. The first thing I notice as the ferry approaches the island community is the beauty of the area. Surrounded by Puget Sound, The Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, Bainbridge Island is the epitome of Northwest Pacific communities. Coming from Seattle, you first board a Washington […]

Cougar Mountain Zoo offers sanctuary for endangered animals

You would think a place called Cougar Mountain Zoo would have cougars. You would not be wrong. However, during our visit the critters kept their distance. In all fairness it was a bit of a warm day by Washington state standards. The cougars were lounging in the shade the best they could. Cougars – aka […]

Safeco Field tour gives behind-the-scenes look at Seattle Mariners

Seattle’s place among Major League Baseball seemed destined to be short-lived. Awarded an expansion team – along with the Kansas City Royals – the Seattle Pilots entered the American League in 1969. They struggled financially, and were sold following the season to a car dealer from Milwaukee. Bud Selig then moved the Pilots to Milwaukee, […]

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