Crater Lake National Park – Stunning!

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is a place I have wanted to visit for many years. I remember flying over it on a passenger flight from LA to Seattle a few years back and looking down in wonder. Now I have finally been to the lake, stood on the massive volcanic rim and felt how…

Alki Point Lighthouse

I recently wandered by the U.S. Coast Guard operated Alki Point Lighthouse in West Seattle and noticed they were running tours.  I joined one for a great little tour run by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The original light station was established here  in 1887. Back then it was literally just a small lamp…

Deception Pass Bridge

After decades of lobbying from locals, a steel bridge was finally constructed in one year between August 1934 and July 1935, to join Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island which was already connected to the mainland of Washington. The construction of the bridge was ambitious during the Great Depression but for the cost of $420,000, what became the Deception Pass…

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Located within Fort Casey Historical State Park in the Coupeville area of Whidbey Island in Washington state, Admiralty Head Lighthouse was first constructed in 1890, then rebuilt in 1903. The brick lighthouse only had a short career being deactivated in 1922 and later used as a building for the training of working dogs by the army….

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds at the EMP Museum

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. To celebrate 50 years of Star Trek (created by Gene Roddenberry, the original TV series first aired from 1966-1969) lets join Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) aboard the USS Enterprise in the 23rd century to boldly go where no man has gone…

Tankfest Northwest 2016: More of that Zippy little M3 Stuart Tank!

It was the smallest tank at Tankfest Northwest 2016  but the M3A1 Stuart light tank driving display was fast and furious to say the least. Very impressive and a lot of fun! A US design that first entered service in 1941 and was in production until 1944. Approximately 25,000 Stuart light tanks rolled off the production line…

Tankfest Northwest 2016

The annual Tankfest Northwest was hosted again this year by the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Washington state on Memorial Day (May 30th). This year was bigger and better than ever with plenty of tanks, military vehicles, weaponry and re-enactors. All this accompanied by a big crowd with warm sunshine made for a fantastic day!…

Seattle from West Seattle

Here comes the sun! Seattle, Washington in all it’s glory on a sunny Spring day today, as viewed from the West Seattle waterfront.

Arches National Park: Park Avenue

Have you seen the well-to-do Up and down Park Avenue On that famous thoroughfare With their noses in the air… (opening lyrics from “Puttin’ on the Ritz” written by Irving Berlin) This is a grand canyon in its own right. The majestic rock face and formations down Park Avenue in Arches National Park are reminiscent of…

Arches National Park: Sand Dune Arch

In Utah’s Arches National Park sits the pretty and quite little, Sand Dune Arch. Located within a large rock formation in the Devils Garden section of the park, it would be quite easy to never see it all. Make your way down that sandy path though, so you don’t miss it,  as that really would be a…