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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle April 14th 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014 truly was a day of days! When Heidi Herder plans an all day event, she makes sure that it is full. When I say full, I mean supine on the couch after too much turkey on Thanksgiving full. It was a day that began with a Washington marine layer reminiscent of a July day, minus 15 degrees or so. Nevertheless, it was obvious that it would clear to be a brilliant and sunny Seattle afternoon! First stop, the Museum of History and Industry, or MOHAI. For me, it was like thumbing through a Washington State history book. Incredibly detailed and well laid out, the museum captures every major era in Seattle history and allows the visitor to waltz through local history enthralled with the collection presented to them. Our kids browsed until ... read more
Glass Boats
Moose Nose

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle April 2nd 2014

Howdy all, So first blog of the new year. As always I have been a bum! Not really accomplishing much as I have felt quite lazy as of late! I have however been acquiring more camera gear in an effort to not only empty my wallet, but break my back too. Went on a few outings here in Seattle....namely a Seahawks rally and the ever important St. Patrick's Day crawl. The latter of which left me a wonky,bruised,whiny mess! After catching the parade on Saturday and a few well deserved Guinness beers, on my way home I tripped on a curb.....HARD!!!!! I had my camera pack on and rather than fall on that, I spun to take it on my left shoulder saving a few grand worth of gear,but in return separating my AC joint! After ... read more
St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick's Day!

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » U-District February 20th 2014

California's tech cred is unmatched. The Golden State is home to many of the world's digital giants, such as Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG), and its startup ecosystem is the envy of entrepreneurs around the globe. Yet, among the 50 states and District of Columbia, it's not the most innovative. Bloomberg Rankings recently analyzed each state on several levels, including: the concentration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers; research-and-development spending; the percentage of public tech companies; and patent approvals. Based on those and other factors, we came up with a list ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town February 19th 2014

Yes, it can be cold, snowy, and rainy in Seattle in February. It might also be sunny and clear. Flip a coin, since either one is possible. But rarely does it force the fine folks in Seattle from going out and about their fabulous city. First, drink a hot toddy, the hit a Russian spa. If that fails to warm you up, try a skating rink. Some ski resorts have been known to open as early as July! Long underwear is always in my suitcase, though locals rarely even carry an umbrella or raincoat. I have been in Seattle numerous times, during my working career, where it has snowed to the point of paralyzing the city. The downtown area is quite hilly, rendering cars without snow chains or snow tires relatively similar to bumper cars at ... read more
Famous Top Pot, the donut choice of Microsoft millionaires

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle February 1st 2014

Well our first day of our trip to Chicago has been quite an adventure. We were up EARLY this morning (5;00 A.M.), went down for the complimentary breakfast and then got the 6 o'clock shuttle to the airport. We breezed through the security point very quickly and made our way to the departure gate. Our flight to Chicago left pretty much on time. It was a beautiful sunny morning as we were taking off so I was able to catch a couple of interesting pictures from the plane. We decided to have lunch at the airport since there were lots of choices of places to eat!! While having lunch we reminisced about how we would drive out here to watch the planes take off and land as our major source of entertainment!! Had no money to ... read more
2014.02.02-2  Leaving Seattle
2014.02.02-5 Flying over the clouds out of Seattle
2014.02.02-8  Flying over the Cascade mountains

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 29th 2013 I realize I've been home for a couple weeks now and not done my last blog! I could give a story of "busy with holiday stuff etc etc.....but I'd be lying! I simply returned with travelers remorse and a healthy dose of laziness. So I'll try and recall the last week or so in Managua and post pictures and at the end give some insight to a conundrum I currently have about my next trip. This may prove to be long-winded so grab a beer or your favorite poison! First whilst staying near TicaBus I realized my hotel was crapppppppy! And for 300 cord a night I could do better. So walking a whopping 50 meters the opposite direction I found a much cleaner and (in the end) much friendlier option. Not to say the ... read more
New Hotel.
National museum
National Palace and Museum

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town October 11th 2013

So with 31 days until I leave...I feel ready! Have spent the last month taking classes for photography and bartending haha. Not that I intend to sling booze for a living! Bought more gear for my camera...which whilst fun,is becoming an addiction as of late! A full lighting kit and another speedlight and a new lens and more triggers and a buddy gave me a hugeeeeee professional tripod! After class the other night I did get the opportunity to shoot a few pictures with my new 35mm 1.8 which will be in my camera bag for the Central America trip for certain. So will post the first "test" shots I took. Saw doctors again and got heaps of good but unnecessary vaccines too! Am looking forward to friends and family following me through Central America...and hopefully ... read more
Union Station
Car wash
Car wash

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town October 7th 2013

Seattle is the most literate city in the United States, probably the entire world. The Seattle Public Library, which I love, has issued the highest percentage of library cards. Of course, Seattle has the original Skid Row (Yesler Way) of any city. It is still pretty seedy down there, with lots of homeless. Seattle is the northernmost U.S. city with a population of over half a million. Seattleites buy more sunglasses per capita than any city in the U.S. Could it be the unbridled enthusiasm, ala' Billy Mumphrey? Columbia Center is Seattle's tallest building at 76 stories, and 937 feet. It is the twelfth tallest building in the U.S. Is that where Frasier Crane lived? Seattle was the first city in the U.S. to play a Beatles song on the radio. Does anyone know the song? ... read more
Party Time

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 29th 2013

From Salt Spring to Vancouver to Seattle and beyond…….. Due to, in part, a lack of time and in part, a lack of internet I’m playing catch-up with this blog. So to recap a bit: Thursday, September 26, 2013 We left Salt Spring Island yesterday having had a lovely relaxing week. The sun was out in full force on the return ferry trip and we were lucky enough not only to see Orcas but one young orca came up right alongside the ferry! We checked into the Landis Suites in downtown Vancouver and had a very good night. This morning we had a swim in the hotel pool (all to ourselves) followed by the buffet breakfast, well stocked with healthy stuff like Danish pastries and a variety of muffins. (It’s a good thing we’ll only do ... read more
Pike Place Market
Peppers for Sale

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 22nd 2013

Tuesday 10 Sept Fine and sunny – 30c It appears we posted the blog for LA too soon as United Airlines thought we might like to hang out at LAX airport a little bit longer – actually a LOT bit longer! Our flight was due to depart for Seattle at 5.30pm but due to several delays blamed on mechanical issues, atmospheric conditions and pretty much anything else they could think of, we finally departed at 8.30pm. Arrived in Seattle just after 11.00pm and cabbed it to our home for the next 5 nights – The Paramount Hotel on Pine St. The ground floor of the hotel has a fantastic bar / restaurant called ‘Dragonfish’. We were starving and fortunately they were still serving food until 1.00am so we inhaled a selection of ... read more
Safeco Field
Pike's Fish Market
Space Needle

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