Blogs from Gig Harbor, Washington, United States, North America


After lunch with friends in Pacific City, OR, we finished our drive to Lakebay, WA to visit Stephen’s parents for the week. The weather here in Washington is always so beautiful in the summer. We have enjoyed clear, cool days and crisp evenings with plenty of time just relaxing and looking at the water. We had a larger family gathering for the 4th of July (also our 29th wedding anniversary) and enjoyed meals and visits with each of Stephen’s sisters and their families at their homes as well. We have been well fed and are well rested, and are ready to continue our journey back to the east coast.... read more
The Rippon Clan

North America » United States » Washington » Gig Harbor April 27th 2014

Geo: 47.3281, -122.58After an arduous day of winetasting, Paul dropped me (and Ann and Mike) at the airport. My flight to Seattle was ontime. I worked on the flight. Upon arrival, I got the rental car and drove to Gig Harbor. Since I landed at 10pm, there was no traffic on the drive. To sleep immediately!... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Gig Harbor August 24th 2013

We visited Gig Harbor and thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic shops and and relaxed atmosphere. We were blessed to be enjoying this outing with dear friends that we do not see often enough. The memorial statue captured my attention and a local resident came over to tell of it's historical significance in memorializing those who developed the harbor area. Lunch on this sunny day was on an outside deck at the Tides Tavern. We both give this restaurant rave reviews for food and service. Later in the day, we headed to Seattle for our flight back home. The Alaska adventure comes to an end. The Planes, Trains and Automobiles status: Plane trips = 5; train trips = 3, ships/boats = 4, bus/shuttle trips = 13, taxi/car= 7, golf cart = 3 for a sum of 35 modes ... read more
Alaska - Gig Harbour WA
Alaska - Gig Harbour City Scene
Alaska - Gig Harbour City Scene

North America » United States » Washington » Gig Harbor March 4th 2010

The Great Loop on the Marilsnick The Marilsnick is a 36-foot Grand Banks trawler. Between 1995 she cruised the San Juan Islands of Washington and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. In 2008 and 2009 she made two journeys up the Inside Passage as far north as Juneau, Alaska. But the skipper had bigger dreams... He read about the Great Loop: a journey along the Gulf of Mexico from Mobile, AL to Fort Myers Florida, transiting Florida by the Okechobee Waterway, then sailing the Intercoastal Waterway along the East Coast of the USA, up the Hudson River, along the Erie and Oswego Canals through Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan, along the Illinois into the Mississpi River then to the Ohio River into the Tombigbee Canal back towards Mobile, Al., a journey of 5000 miles. Planning: December ... read more
The Route
The Marilsnick on the Truck

North America » United States » Washington » Gig Harbor April 16th 2009

As ever driving into places with the Tomtom is about as easy as it gets. We came into Gigs harbour across the famous Tacoma Narrows (site of the Galloping Gertie, or first bridge to self destruct due to resonance see As we arrived into Gigs Harbour we were taken aback by it's beauty. Gigs Harbour is a gorgeous little town about 1 hour outside down-town Seattle. With a great view down the harbour to Mt Rainier which we took some really cool pics of. Denise parents were super cool and very welcoming, their house was huge and really homely (Sam however was most impressed by Denise's dads 52' plasma!) We had a great family home cooked meal the first night (which was most welcomed as we got a very tired of eating crappy diner food ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Gig Harbor March 6th 2009

On a pris le AC111 à 7h50 le matin; j'avais acheté des billets Tango ce qui fait qu'on voyageait avec dignité!!! On était évidemment en classe Eco mais sur le Airbus 321 on avait hérité de sièges dans la rangée 27 qui donne sur la sortie de secours principale au milieu de l'appareil. Bottom Line: la rangée 27 est la meilleure rangée sur le Airbus 321. Une fois rendus à Vancouver on a pris possession de la voiture de location pour se diriger vers Tacoma où nous étions invités chez nos amis Lou et Gordie Klatt qui y habitent. On a passé une belle fin de semaine avec eux. En séquence des photos de (1) Lou et Elaine, (2) Gordie qui nous donne un concert d'accordéon, (3) la seconde maison située à Kingston (50 minutes de ... read more
Maestro Gordie
La maison de Kingston
Vue sur le Pudget Sound

North America » United States » Washington » Gig Harbor December 23rd 2008

I'm writing this in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport. I missed my flight to Columbia. I went to the gate I thought I heard the airline attendant call out on the flight from Seattle, and didn't check a thing. Luckily, I'm still getting out today, but I won't be home probably until about 6 pm. I have to keep reminding myself that I have nothing to complain about in comparison to all I have to be thanksful for. Anyway, so hear is a recap of how the end of trip went in Gig Harbor. Nothing happened....That's not true, it snowed, a lot. We stayed in all day Saturday afternoon after returning from Portland, and then Sunday, and Monday. It finally stopped snowing Sunday night after we got about 12 inches of snow. Me, Chris, and his brother, ... read more
Snow Covered Road
The Narrows Bridge
Chris in the Park

North America » United States » Washington » Gig Harbor December 20th 2008

What a great day yesterday. So, we ended up playing Cranium, and Matt Lynch never showed, but that's ok. So yesterday, we all woke up and went to breakfast in downtown Portland at Byway Cafe. Apparently it was featured on a Food Network show, and rightfully so. I had blue corn pancakes; talk about interesting. They reminded me somewhat of grits. They also have amaretto infused french toast, and they make their own honey almond butter. I love how there isn't any sales tax in Oregon; it makes figuring out totals and what not, so much easier. So after we met up with Drew Harrison again. we went to this awesome waterfall, called Multnomah Falls. It seriously looked like Narnia, and I got some great pictures. Afterwards Drew, Amanda, and I got new tattoos! We went ... read more
Still Fresh
Nervous Smiles
Reunited and It Feels So Good

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