“Pic of the Week”, October 31, 2015. The Pumpkin Harvest, Green Bluff, Washington

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Today is Halloween and to celebrate the season I’ve put up some images of a pumpkin patch and field of ripe pumpkins.

Green Bluff is a farming mesa just north of Spokane, popular with fruit and vegetable growers.  There are a number of festivals in the area throughout the season, but undoubtedly one of the most popular is October’s ‘Harvest Festival’.  These pictures were taken a few years back and bring back some pleasant memories of when my kids were young and got very excited about carving pumpkins or going trick-or-treating.

Enjoy the day!

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The Amazing Columbia River Gorge!

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One of the most scenic road trips anywhere in the world is on the Oregon side of the Gorge, on the Columbia River Highway (I-84), between Portland and the Dalles.  Besides a smooth drive on the freeway, an excellent diversion here is to head up the old Historic Columbia River Highway, a narrow road that twists its way through the mountains and cliffs, past dozens of waterfalls, including the beautiful 620-foot (190 m)  Multnomah Falls.

The Columbia River is one of North America’s longest, at 1200 miles (1930 km) long, starting in southeastern British Columbia, Canada.  The Columbia River Gorge was carved by glacial floods (especially the Missoula Flood) thousands of years ago and is the only sea-level passage through the Cascade Mountain range.  …

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“Pic of the Week”, July 11, 2014: Pike Place Market, Seattle

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One of the most popular places in Seattle is Pike Place Market.  Near the city’s waterfront and overlooking Puget’s Sound, but really a world to itself, Pike’s is Seattle’s favorite tourist attraction.  It covers 9 acres and has been designated a National Historic District.

Pike’s was designed to be and still primarily functions as a farmer’s market, with dozens of vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, seafood, cheese, meats, and an assortment of handicrafts.  Most famous among these is Pike Place Fish, where fishmongers throw a fish around every time someone buys one.  There are lots of unusual specialty shops and small cafes, but above all Pike’s Market is the place in Seattle to people watch.  And on a weekend day you’ll have thousands of …

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Seattle, Washington — Coffee Capital of the World (and a city of many other nicknames)!

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Seattle is a great city — a world-class travel destination!  Situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, it has much appeal as a several day (or even week-long) stop especially when part of a circuit through other great sites in the region, such as Vancouver and Victoria B.C, or the Olympic and Long Beach peninsulas, or Mount Rainier and Mt. St. Helen’s.   By far the largest city in America’s Northwest, with over four million residents, it’s a bustling growing metropolis with a memorable skyline set on the shores of lovely Puget Sound.  Lush and green, fenced in by the Cascade Mountains to the east, with westward views of the Sound and …

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A visit to Washington state’s Long Beach Peninsula

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For most travelers, the southwestern corner of Washington state is easy to bypass.  It lies well over an hour’s drive from the busy I-5 Interstate Freeway.  The broad mouth of the Columbia River limits access from the Oregon coast and the geography of the peninsula limits access from northern Washington.  The peninsula is several hours drive from airports in the nearest major cities, about 2 hours (110 mi) from Portland and 3 hours(180 mi) from Seattle.  So you really have to plan to visit here and can’t just drop by.  My wife and I were definitely motivated to go as the Long Beach Peninsula was the last major region of Washington State we had not visited.

The Journey to Long Beach

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Tacoma — Water, Glass, more Glass, with a little history thrown in…

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Tacoma is a city I’ve driven through numerous times but never thought much about.  I was aware it was a port city situated on Puget Sound, and that it had a huge dome (Tacoma Dome) just off the I-5 freeway. I knew Tacoma is Washington state’s third largest city (Seattle and Spokane are more populous) and a gateway to Mt. Rainer National Park.  But this time we weren’t going to Mt. Rainer, rather to Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, which Sylvia and I’d heard good things about.  We had few preconceived expectations for our visit and as it turned out we were to be pleasantly surprised.

The Museum of Glass is an interesting hybrid …

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Rafting the Lower Spokane River

Rafting the Lower Spokane River

What’s more fun than going whitewater rafting 15 minutes from your front door on a beautiful summer day?  Not much — at least for me.  I’m lucky enough to live in Spokane, the heart of beautiful Inland Northwest, one of the great places in these United States.  Spokane is centered on it’s river and while long stretches of the river are urbanized, there are still miles of wilderness especially in the downriver portion beyond Riverfront Park.   The Spokane River drains lovely Lake Couer d’Alene in the Idaho Panhandle into the Columbia River  (the flooded Lake Roosevelt part upriver from the …

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Walla, Walla: “So nice they named it twice!”

Walla, Walla — ‘So nice they named it twice!’

What’s a Walla Walla?  It’s a Indian name meaning “many waters”.  It’s also the name of a charming town in southeastern Washington; nestled close to the Columbia and Snake River valleys, and with a river of its own, the name is appropriate.  This town of just over 30,000 offers visitors an interesting destination for a few day visit as it was witness to key events in the history of the American Northwest and is an important agricultural region, with wine production rising geometrically over the past decades.

A brief history of Walla Walla

Walla Walla and Cayuse Indians lived in the Walla Walla Valley when the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived on their return journey from the …

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