The “Little Light People” Of Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market in Seattle is famous for many things: fresh produce, seafood (and the throwing of Salmon), food vendors and restaurants, cakes and pastries, arts and crafts and specialised shopping. Some famous sights at the market include “Rachel the Pig” which turned 25 in August, 2011 (basically a huge 250 kg /550 pound bronze piggy bank used to raise…

Pig Out In Portland!

January 14th, 2012 Portland, Oregon is a great city: lots to see and do, it has that quirky, weird vibe and no sales tax! For me though the highlight of a visit to this city is the food! Yeah sure there are plenty of nice restaurants and bars where you can have a fantastic meal and…

Viva Las Vegas

December 8th to 12th, 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada I have just returned from a trip to Las Vegas with one of my best friends Scotty who was visiting from Australia. This was my first visit to Vegas since 1998; new casinos and shopping centres have been built, some old places were gone but overall it…

Leavenworth – Bavarian Christmas fun right here in the USA!

December 3rd, 2011 A friend from Australia, Scotty is visiting at the moment, so we took a day trip up to Leavenworth in the Cascade Mountains here in Washington state. The main purpose of the trip was to enjoy the Bavarian fun, but also this was the first weekend for the famous Christmas lights festival. The trip…

Grand Teton National Park and the quest for Moose

September 17th to 18th, 2011 The Grand Teton National Park is located in the Jackson Hole valley of Wyoming near the playground of tourists and the rich and famous: Jackson (it is close to the parks and ski fields). Jackson is a relatively small place, but has one of the nicest downtown districts I have ever seen….

Yellowstone National Park…..truly a natural wonder

September 13th, 2011 Idaho to Montana After an early morning flight from Seattle I touched down on time in Boise, Idaho. At the airport were lined up a number of Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft of the Idaho Air National Guard, and when I was picking up my hire car a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet was landing…

Warbirds, Helicopters, Jet Fighters and Poutine….thankyou Canada :-)

12th August, 2011 Abbotsford International Air Show Canada’s national air show is held in Abbotsford, British Columbia each year for 3 days (the show has been running since 1962). Abbotsford is just across the border from Washington state, USA. Originally I had planned to attend the show on August 13th on a bus tour from Seattle, this…

Portlandia….bacon doughnuts and the “Spruce Goose”

July 25th, 2011 Portland, Oregon Once again I found myself at the dingy Seattle Greyhound bus terminal for an early morning departure, this time to spend four days in and around the city of Portland, Oregon. Thankfully the bus left on time for the 4 hour trip (including stops). Breakfast consisted of a $0.99 breakfast burrito at a truck stop in Centralia, Washington…..not…

A visit to “Twin Peaks”

July 23rd, 2011 “Twin Peaks” I went on an interesting and fun day trip with some new Seattle friends to the popular Snoqualmie Falls (about 45 minutes drive west of Seattle). This waterfall is on the Snoqualmie River near the town of Snoqualmie (not really big on giving places unique names in this part of Washington state!). The falls…

Recap of my travels in the past year (2010)

The past year has gone by so fast, one moment I am leaving my Australian home and  job in May 2010 to travel the world, then before you know it I am living in Seattle, Washington USA! Most of 2010 was such an adventure travelling through: USA (May 2010) Central and southern Florida– Launch of Space…