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

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Search on-line travel features in the Record; a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, approaching 300 articles, which can be selected by “Category” (various portions of the USA and Canada)? Hence, you can go to the Stockton Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley [...]

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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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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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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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Bucket List updates: N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states!

View of the rugged Oregon coast, looking north.

Update your travel Bucket List: Suggestions for N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states… Last week, we urged updating your travel bucket list for 2017, with suggestions for S. California and the US Southwest; this week we present N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western States ideas. Plan now for a coastal tour of California, Oregon [...]

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Pacific Northwest’s Crater Lake, Grand Coulee Dam, Dry Falls and Spokane make for wonderful week of exploring!

Wizard Island, a volcano within a volcano, floats in the cobalt waters of Crater Lake

Our destination: California to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada, via the Trans-Canada Highway and a return through the USA’s East Coast, Midwest and historic Rt. 66.  We sketch out a 9,000 mile, 69 day trip with a tiny Scotty teardrop travel trailer, fresh vistas to explore and new people to visit. Along the way [...]

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Seattle’s nearby western Washington gems…

Snoqualmie Falls thunders 270 feet into the gorge below in the Cascade Mountains.

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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Queen Anne Hill; the wonders of historic buildings and modern neighborhoods!

View of Space Needle on hazy day, from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill.

I have written earlier about our two week visit to Seattle, housesitting a nice condominium on 13th Ave., West near the base of Queen Anne Hill. Queen Anne is loaded with tourism delights. When you visit, plan to walk or bike several miles, including Parsons Gardens and Kerry Park on Highland Drive, then north along Queen [...]

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Making Queen Anne Hill the center of Seattle exploration; water, boats, views, dining and more!

Looking south from Queen Anne Hill's Kerry Park, the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier and Elliot Bay sparkle on sunny day!

Water, boats, views, history, tasty dining and proximity to lots of tourist destinations make Queen Anne Hill the center for Seattle exploration! We’re spending two weeks in Seattle, house-sitting a lovely condominium on the west side of Queen Anne Hill.  Our first several days were spent re-acquainting ourselves with the Seattle we knew from frequent visits [...]

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Exploring the Washington Cascades; waterfalls, old towns, mountain biking on John Wayne Trail

Rattlesnake Lake, the beginning of our bike ride on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

We’re spending two weeks in Seattle, house-sitting a lovely condominium on the west side of Queen Anne Hill.  Our first several days were spent re-acquainting ourselves with the Seattle we knew from frequent visits when we lived in Spokane (1971-84) and occasional visits since.  So we have toured the Queen Anne Hill area; lovely with [...]

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