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.

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.