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Seattle’s nearby western Washington gems…

Snoqualmie Falls and John Wayne Pioneer Trail, Mt. Rainier/Mt. St. Helens and Olympic Peninsula… OK, you’re planning a vacation in the Seattle area.  Once you’ve seen the top tourist draws of this lovely city (Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the piers, aquarium and Ferris wheel along Elliott Bay, Queen Anne Hill, a ferry […]

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Re-kindling the Olympic flame in Squaw Valley, CA; Part III of III

During the 1960 Olympics, a compact Olympic Village had been constructed at the north end of Squaw Valley, CA, consisting of four dormitories for athletes, the Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, three outdoor skating rinks and a 400 meter outdoor speed-skating rink.  But, Squaw Valley did not easily offer the terrain for world-class cross country skiing or […]

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Re-kindling the Olympic flame in Squaw Valley, CA, USA

Perhaps you did the math and considered a trip to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, opening on February 6.  But the challenge of distance, cost, and fear of terrorism to get to the Sochi games likely put the idea out of reach.  Instead, find the spirit – and the ghosts – of the […]

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Day trip to Lake Tahoe; take the sunglasses and binoculars!

Six weeks into winter…Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra have almost no snow. The ski areas are surviving on man-made snow on selected runs, and motels, hotels and restaurants are running at reduced capacity. With no snow in the forecast, and days reaching into spring-time 65 degree temps, it’s a great place for a one-day […]

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