Seiro Soba at Miyabi 45th, Green Lake

Today promised to be such a nice day that I convinced my wife to take a drive out to Wallingford, get a bite to eat at Miyabi 45th and go for a walk around Green Lake. Our first order of business was finding a parking spot around Miyabi. Much of Seattle near major commercial areas... Continue Reading →

Sammamish River Trail Garden

There is a small water conservation demonstration garden along the Sammamish River Trail, right below the NE 85th overpass in downtown Redmond, that showcases plants that draw insects attractive to salmon and birds. The garden design simulates a riparian environment by its system of mounded beds, large rocks and gravel pathways. It also provides photographic opportunities throughout much of the year.

A Day in Capitol Hill (Seattle)

As if driven by some unseen force, my wife and I felt compelled again not to let a rainless day in Seattle go by without our doing something outdoors. After a deluge of a month in September, October has been extremely dry. In the last week, it has been foggy, lingering well into the afternoon,... Continue Reading →

Breathtaking views from Queen Anne Hill (Seattle)

We didn't need an excuse to go out on a beautiful day that popped up today between rainstorms in Seattle. It was a last-minute decision after breakfast. The destination was Queen Anne where we intended to go only two days ago in conjunction with Seattle Center, but decided to forgo after spending a long enough... Continue Reading →

Walking Seattle’s International District

This week's excursion was to the International District in Seattle, a residential and commercial area of Asian Americans which is roughly bounded by 5th Avenue to the west, Yesler to the north, 8th Avenue to the east and Dearborn to the south. And, like many other Seattle neighborhoods, my wife and I had never taken... Continue Reading →

Is There More to Tacoma than Aroma?

Tacoma don't get no respect. At least, not from its big sibling to the north. Even if it's the third most populous city in Washington, and only a half hour away by car, Tacoma has been playing second fiddle to Seattle for, what, forever? This situation is not helped by Tacoma's public relations problem—the sulfur-like,... Continue Reading →

By and By: Alki and West Seattle

In a place like the Pacific Northwest, good weather poses certain problems. If you're the type who enjoys the outdoors, a sunny day might force you to consider postponing chores or indoor activities, even running errands, in favor of doing something outside. The Seattle area continued to have the longest streak of warm weather in... Continue Reading →

De Libertas Quirkas: Seattle’s Fremont District

The mock Latin phrase De Libertas Quirkas, unofficial motto of Fremont and proudly encouraged on the side of The Rocket, roughly translates into "Free to be Strange." No other place in Seattle can make that boast when Fremont has a statue of Lenin, a troll under the bridge, the Solstice Parade led by nude, painted bike... Continue Reading →

In and Around Seattle’s Pike Place Market

Our weather around here has been unprecedented. You could honestly say that since June, there has been very little rainfall in the Pacific Northwest. This past July has been the driest on record, matched only five other times since measurements have been taken (1896, 1922, 1930, 1958 and 1960). Some may be quick to proclaim... Continue Reading →

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