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Anacortes and Deception Pass 2017 Leave a comment Read more »

Anacortes and Deception Pass 2017

Overview We visit Anacortes and Deception Pass State Park, with a hike along the picturesque Tommy Thompson Trail, dramatic views of the Pass from the famous bridge, and relaxation on the lovely West Beach. Tommy Thompson Trail We start our walk on the trail at…


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Seattle – Kerry Park

Kerry Park is a small neighborhood park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington. It’s only a little over 1 acre in size. The park was given to the city of Seattle in 1927 by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sperry Kerry.…


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Lakewold Gardens 2016

We visit Lakewold Gardens, a beautiful 10 acre estate garden in Lakewood Washington. It was started by Eulalie Wagner in 1938. The name is a middle English word meaning “lake-woods” and that’s the setting for this remarkable garden. Photos from our visit: Video from our…


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United Northwest Model Train Show 2016

We visit the 24th annual United Northwest Model Railroad show at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington. This year had the show spanning across three buildings and an outdoor demonstration area. There were lots of great layouts operating in all the most popular scales…


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Garden d’Lights 2015

Atop the beautiful Wilburton Hill overlooking the city center of Bellevue Washington is the Bellevue Botanical Garden. During the holidays, the garden is transformed into a wonderland of lights depicting elements from the garden as well as from the sea. This year we visited the…


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Skagit Valley Tulips 2015

We visit the tulip fields once again this year, however a little earlier than previous years. Thanks to warmer than usual weather, these wonderful flowers are now in full bloom. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as…


Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2014 Leave a comment Read more »

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2014

We visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival again this year and we weren’t alone – it was a record crowd in the summer-like sunshine. The tulips were all in full bloom.


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Smith Tower

June 2013 On this sunny summer day in downtown Seattle, we visit the Smith Tower skyscraper in Pioneer Square. Conceived by the son of New York tycoon Lyman Cornelius Smith, construction began in 1910. Young Burns Lyman Smith was anticipating much publicity from the building…


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Tulip Festival 2013

April 2013 This is our 6th year at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, one of the highlights of Spring time in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Mount Vernon, Washington. Started in 1984, the festival has grown over the years into today’s month-long celebration. This year…


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Seattle Great Wheel

October 2012 On a sunny autumn afternoon in October, we visit the Seattle Great Wheel, a 175 foot tall ferris wheel located on Pier 57 in Seattle. The pier is also home to Miner’s Landing, a group of souvenir gift shops, tourist attractions, and seafood…


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