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, […]

Snoqualmie Falls’ beauty adds to Washington charm

As we entered downtown Snoqualmie, Washington, I half expected to see the dancing man (aka The Man from Another Place) from the television series “Twin Peaks” doing his thing in the middle of the street. As we passed a coffee shop, I could swear I saw FBI Agent Dale Cooper commenting about what “a fine […]

Washington’s state capitol highlights Olympia visit

Washington’s state capitol has withstood three major earthquakes. A sign of the strong base of government in Olympia? Actually, a brilliant design by the architects, who designed the capitol building in 1922. The 42nd state’s capitol has been located Olympia – about an hour south of Seattle on Interstate 5 – since the state was […]

Exploring Seattle in 2 days

Let’s say you’re in town for the weekend and you only have two days to take in the sights of Seattle. What do you do? I suggest buying a CityPass book, first. It costs about $69 and saves you about 40 percent off the regular admission to places, such as the Space needle, EMP Museum, […]

Long Beach Peninsula’s Cape Disappointment impresses

You would think calling your attraction Cape Disappointment may not be the best idea for marketing purposes. But, Cape Disappointment State Park in southwest Washington is far from its namesake. The spot where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean offers beautiful scenery – cliffs, trees, the ocean and a lighthouse. Cape Disappoint is a […]

Washington road trip: Olympia and Tacoma

Since we were going to be in the Seattle area for a week, Lisa and I thought it might be fun to explore the area outside of the city. Since Mallory had meetings all week at work, we planned short day trips. We combined Olympia and Tacoma for an enjoyable day out of the city. […]

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