Lone Humpback

Whilst heading back to Seattle from the San Juan Islands on a summer whale watching cruise I had not expected to see anymore whales. The day had been a good one with plenty of Orca sightings in small transient pods off Lopez Island and now it was just time to enjoy the scenery. As we departed Friday Harbor we…

Stellar Sea Lions – The Big Dogs of the Sea

A cruise through the San Juan Islands of Washington state is not all about whale watching. On this summer voyage, briefly after leaving Friday Harbor, I got the opportunity to see up close a large group of Stellar Sea Lions at rest, work and play on and near a rocky outcrop just off San Juan…

Wolves of the Sea IV

Whale watching cruises in the Pacific Northwest provide a great opportunity to see Orca (Killer Whales) in abundance. That first fin sighting is a rush and seeing the Orca swimming so close always puts a smile on your face. Even more so when they pop up to take a look at you too! My summer…

Seattle Day & Night

My favourite place to view Seattle is from Kerry Park. With the sun slowly setting on a good summers day like this recent one, you can get a spectacular view across the city, the Space Needle, Elliot Bay and the mighty Mount Ranier off in the distance.

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…

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.

2014: From a Music Drought to a Rocking Year

Happy New Year! Reflecting back on 2014, it was a rare year for me. Despite travelling a fair bit I never actually left the United States (I re-explored a number of states and got as far as Alaska to tick off all 50 US states). It has been many years since I stayed in only one country for…

The long lost Lusty Lady of Seattle

I first visited Seattle in the summer of 2009. It is a city that is dominated by the world leading aircraft manufacturer Boeing and one thing that highly amused me during my first visit there was walking past a “gentleman’s” club “The Lusty Lady“. The sign made me laugh then and still does today!  “The Lusty Lady” is long…

The taste delight of a “Seattle Dog”

Searching for a hot dog before the big game or after a big night out? Seattle has just what you need, yep a “Seattle Dog“. What makes it so Seattley good? Cream cheese! The sausage is grilled and served on a toasted bun with cream cheese and your choice of condiments. Standard fare is always at least grilled…

A busy day at Lake Union

Seattle is a city with plenty of water surrounding it and one popular place is Lake Union. The following are some snapshots from an afternoon I spent wandering around there a little while ago. They give you an idea on how busy the lake gets on a sunny weekend! From boats and kayaks; to floatplanes and a…

Seattle Japanese Garden

A little piece of Japan that is a beautiful oasis within Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum. The garden was completed in 1960 following the design of Juki Lida a  famous Japanese designer of more than 1,000 Japanese gardens across the world. The colours of the trees and plants, along with the garden design, ceremonial tea house, tortoises and colourful koi fish in the…