A friendship in spite of a history

I like small town historical museums, where in just a few hours you can glean nuggets of insight about a time and place. These museums usually present the stories that a passionate group of town elders want to preserve for future generations. Sure, they highlight the positive and sometimes gloss over or ignore some of […]

Drive-by geology

It’s hard to go exploring in the West and not get a little interested in geology. In a few days’ drive you get crags of rock sticking up from a normal-looking dirt hill, cliffs of hexagonal rock columns, flat desert as far as you can see, high valleys ringed by even higher peaks, cinder cones […]

4
June
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One heck of a back yard

If you had a little orchard on a hill with a nice view, and you wanted to borrow enough to build a house—but the banks weren’t lending, you’d probably consider that a set-back, right? In 1930, Herman and Ruth Ohme just said: that’s fine, we’ll start working on the yard while we’re waiting for the […]

28
May
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Cle Elum pitches in

To head east out of Seattle you have to cross the Cascade Mountain Range. It’s worth the long uphill climb though because within the space of a few minutes you emerge from dense, wet grey into sunshine, and things start to look pretty bright. Just about the time you’re getting hungry you’re at Cle Elum—the […]

28
May
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The long, long hunt for Wi-Fi

We in the urban world have come to expect abundant, ubiquitous Wi-Fi. But when you leave the comfort of your home hub it becomes harder to find. Turns out even some of the more posh campgrounds, even those close to civilization, don’t all assume guests expect Wi-Fi. It’s our first morning waking up in the […]

26
May
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Running away from home

And now, on to the next phase of our life together. Finally. After what seems like years getting ready for this – actually, it has been years – we’ve run away from home today. It goes without saying that we’ll miss being with our friends and family, and we’d love to stay in close touch with […]

Rooting for sea stars

I’m not a northwest native – just a transplant. But I love Washington’s beaches, most especially the beach along Birch Bay in the top left corner of the country, just a few miles from the Canadian border. When my family discovered this faded beach town about 15 years ago on an accidental vacation, we immediately […]

12
May
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Reality intrudes

I confess I didn’t think it through when I thought we’d have a giant push to move years and years of stuff out of the house – then, while waiting for the closing ceremonies, we could relax and make a few fixes around the cabin to prep it for rental; then as soon as we signed we’d be […]

17
April
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Walking with butterflies

On a rainy Seattle day, when spring break has grandmas and aunts hunting for adventure indoors, I highly recommend the Butterfly House at the Pacific Science Center. Even jaded, media-saturated kids and parents can regain a sense of wonder when butterflies land on their heads.      

4
April
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A house is not a home

You know how you can go along ignoring topics and memes that don’t interest you, until you’re suddenly receptive for some reason?  Normally news about Burt Bacharach, like the review of a new show in NY ‘reimagining’ his songs, would be pretty far below my radar. But reading it last week this song title jumped out at […]