Blogs from Ballard, Seattle, Washington, United States, North America


North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Ballard July 4th 2018

Day 2 in Seattle found us in different places. Sue looking for a Museum and me in an Irish bar watching the England Columbia match in the World Cup. A tense affair which unbelievably we won on penalties - footballs coming home. Met up with an old friend and his wife (Dave and Jen) who kindly took us to their home in Ballard before showing us a different part of Seattle and fantastic hospitality. Visited Rays, a lovely restaurant and had a great meal there with wonderful views across the bay. thoroughly recommend it. Later walked along Ballard beach watching all and sundry having fun and playing beach volleyball Next morning 4th July we visited the Ballard salmon locks and managed to see salmon leaping (well sue did) and seals with Dave. Followed up with ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Ballard July 7th 2015

The last eight years in the PNW have been full of adventures and memories, after all this is where we met. But as Justin and I transition into the next chapter we had an itch to do something different, so we both left our jobs at the end of May with no set plans of what we would do next. We have been lucky to spend the last month hanging out with family and friends, enjoying the convenience of being able to paddleboard in the middle of the day on Shilshole Bay, and not waking up to an alarm or fighting daily rush hour traffic to get to work. We're setting out to make new memories and enjoy some of the best of what the lower 48 has to offer before rejoining the real world.... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Ballard May 17th 2015

Ballard is an historic neighborhood located in the NW part of Seattle. Its main landmark is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (known locally as the "Ballard Locks"). The city of Ballard officially (but reluctantly) became part of Seattle in May 1907. Ballard has been the traditional center of Seattle's ethnically Scandinavian seafaring community who were drawn to the area because of the salmon fishing opportunities. Ballard’s Nordic Heritage Museum, celebrates both the community of Ballard and the local Scandinavian history. Locals once nicknamed the neighborhood "Snoose Junction," a reference to the Scandinavian settlers' practice of using snus (snuff). More info:,_Seattle read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Ballard May 23rd 2011

Friday 13th May we boarded our Cruise - it was such a long & unorganized process , it took us over 3 hrs to get on my legs were so sore that Sue asked someone to put me thru quicker which they did & we waited for them on the other side . But all that out of the way the Ship was great done out very nice , Shops , rock climbing wall , indoor & outdoor pools & spas , beautiful foyer & great staff. Our rooms were very nice Ross & I had a balcony which we used a lot.Each day at sea we saw whales & some Orcas , the seas are really calm & we had a chance to relax & catch our breath a bit , but as normal ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Ballard June 18th 2010

Hey friends! So I leave tomorrow for my Alaskan cruise experience and I'm more excited than ever!! My last contract was a 7-week dream cruise from San Diego, California to Rome, Italy and it was amazing! However, 50 days away from my friends and family was a bit trying at times, so I think this shorter contract will suite me better. Anywho, I thought I'd give you all the run down on what I'll be doing while I'm abroad (can I call it "abroad" even though I'm still visiting US ports? There are some Canadian ports too, so yes, I can say that) and what I've been doing thus far in preparing for this once in a lifetime adventure! First of all, my title on board is "Show Pianist". This means that at my bar (yes, ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Ballard May 23rd 2010

21 & 22 May 2010, Seattle: The Weather Underground website called for only a 10% of precipitation in Ashland at 0700, and 70% by 1000 for Friday morning. I rose at 0500, struck camp and was on the road by 0630 under somewhat clear skies. It is not so fun to pack up a wet camp, so getting away dry was an excellent start. A few miles later as while fueling up, the gray northern sky was readily apparent. Fifteen miles into the ride, the rain began. Rain in May is not so unusual. Rain and 37F at 1,500' in late May is a bit out of average. Thank goodness for heated grips. The thought of riding 400 miles of cold rain was a bit daunting. Breaking up the ride into 100 miles sections made the ... read more
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