Category Archives: Pacific Northwest USA (Oregon, Washington, Idaho)

National Parks week is this week…and, get a deal on a Senior Pass!

Wildflowers cover the hills in Carrizo Plain National Monument (BLM photo).

We are a couple of days into National Park Week, April 15–23- still time to visit nearby national parks like Yosemite, Pinnacles, Death Valley, Joshua Tree NPs and nearby national monuments like Ft. Ord NM near Monterey, Carrizo NM just west of Buttonwillow and many others. So, get out this weekend, or, plan your trips [...]

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Seattle, WA; exploring the city on the cheap…

Seattle's Space Needle, downtown, Mt. Rainier and Elliott Bay from Kerry Park.

Seattle, WA; a frugal traveler’s guide to doing the city on the cheap… We first honeymooned in Seattle 47 years ago and have repeatedly returned to this classic city by the bay. From the serene waters of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east, Seattle offers a [...]

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Cheap thrills; touring Seattle’s Elliott Bay and Puget Sound via ferry boat!

Two ferries, one departing, one arriving, at Anacortes Ferry Terminal.

Cheap thrills; exploring Seattle’s Elliott Bay and Puget Sound via ferry boat! From our first visit to Seattle some 48 years ago, we have loved the Washington State Ferry System. Stately, oceangoing fairies, cruising the serene waters of Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains to the west and Seattle and the Cascade Mountains to the [...]

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Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park; wind-swept coast, old-growth forest, glacier-covered peaks!

Cape Flattery's rugged sea spires stand sentinel, even during rainy days, looking to southwest.

Wind-swept coast, old-growth forest, glacier-covered peaks make Olympic National Park a special place! Our mid-March coastal destination was the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park. We took the Washington State ferry from Edmonds (we are housesitting for a month here), across to Kingston, then headed west towards the first piece of the national park, Hurricane Ridge [...]

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Jaw-dropping Chihuly Garden and Glass anchors the Seattle Center; Space Needle, MoPOP nearby!

This colorful art installation towers over visitors in one of the galleries.

Chihuly Garden and Glass anchors the Seattle Center; home to Space Needle, MoPOP, Monorail near downtown Seattle Imagine, a life-size Glass Forest with ghostly blue and pink light glowing from the trunks. Picture a Sealife Tower, 15 feet tall exuding iridescent primary colors emulating the sea floor and Puget Sound. Turn into another gallery and [...]

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LaConner and Skagit River Valley; waterfront, seafood and spectacular colors of daffodils and tulips!

Daffodils in spring bloom frame an old barn (photo courtesy Pam Headridge).

Prior to our departure to the Seattle area, the majority of our Seattle friends all told us “you must visit the LaConner/Skagit Valley area to see the daffodils and tulip fields”. The Skagit River area was settled thousands of years ago by the Swinomish tribe on the banks of the river; along the west side [...]

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Seattle; north of Lake Union and the Ship Canal; University District, Fremont, Ballard are heart of waterfront, food, drink and Seattle vibe!

Houseboats line eastern side of Lake Union, where scenes of the 1993 hit movie Sleepless in Seattle were filmed.

Water, boats, views, history, tasty dining and lots of tourist destinations; it’s Seattle just north of Lake Union and the Ship Canal! We’re spending five weeks in Seattle, house-sitting a home in Edmonds, 18 miles north of Seattle. It’s our time to explore new options in the greater Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest. Despite [...]

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Tiny touring; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer!

A classic Airstream Caravelle, with retro tow vehicle.

Touring in a tiny trailer; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer… Last summer, Susan and I spent nine weeks crossing Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway to their Maritime Provinces, turned south down the New England coast to Maryland and headed back across the USA on historic Highway 50. We toured with a [...]

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On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, well over 270 strong, that can be selected by “Category”? Hence, you can go to the Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley Travel: Little Places That I Know’, go to [...]

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Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre at night, with full house.

Quaint, affordable and just five hours up Interstate 5: Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A quaint, historic downtown with a plethora of unique shops and galleries, a variety of fine restaurants and places to stay, world-class theatre and just a mile off Interstate 5. That’s Ashland, Oregon, home to the Oregon Shakespeare [...]

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