A Pacific Northwest and Travel Blog
My intention is to balance travel posts with posts about the Pacific Northwest — but that can cover a broad range of topics. Some topics that you will eventually find here:
- Travel destinations, both abroad and in the Pacific Northwest
- Information about Pacific Northwest events: Both via listings in the event calendar and posts about events I’ve attended.
- Travel tips
- Travel stories
- I like gear and tech — I’m planning on doing some reviews of both outdoor gear I’ve tried and travel apps I’ve found helpful (and some I didn’t).
- A Seattle Vintage section with memories of days gone by.
- Recipes that are (at least loosely) travel-inspired
- Photography posts: gear, tips, and books.
I also offer some small-business web design services. Primarily brochure-type websites for businesses who need an online presence (not behemoth sites like this one seems to me to be sometimes…but it’s my pet project).
It’s my plan to continue to grow this site, with the goal of adding at least one new post a week, varying between types of content.
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Boldly Going…SomewhereI used to drive a boxy blue electric car I lovingly called “The Tardis,” and had a license plate reading “Boldly Going Nowhere” due to the boundaries set by driving such a car.
The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to live — water, trees, mountains, a good climate (despite the wintertime drizzle) and there’s plenty to do, especially if you enjoy outdoor activities. But, let’s face it, it’s fun to go adventuring beyond the bounds of home. And if it can’t be the known universe, there’s a lot to explore on this planet — whether it be the Olympic Peninsula or temples in Japan.
Your photo could be here !
B ut then, I’d have to replace this adorable dog wearing a unicorn hoodie!
But, really! Do you love the PNW, or traveling, or photography, and want to write a post somehow related to the content on this blog?
If you are interested in writing something for Pacific Northwest and Beyond, I am interested in listening — if it relates to the primary themes of this blog — the Pacific Northwest, travel, travel-inspired recipes, photography, etc.
Here are the latest freshly blogged posts (from all categories, including off-topic):
I’m from Seattle, where there seems to be a Starbucks on every corner. So when travel, I tend keep away. But I’m glad I ended up going into the Gion Starbucks in Kyoto — it’s a different world than your average Starbucks.read more
Traveling With Others: A Few Thought for Introverts (and Misanthropes, and Human Beings, in General)
Traveling with others can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Much more so for introverts. Here are a few thoughts about dealing with other people in general, difficult people, and annoying travel companions with an emphasis on assertive communication skills.read more
I guess the Thule Hullavator is like an elevator, only for your hull (of your kayak). I’ve used the Hullavator for a few years now — overall it’s a nice piece of gear and lets me schlep my kayak around solo. But it does have a few drawbacks as well. Here’s what I think, with a video demo.read more
If all is going well, when this posts I’m celebrating my 50th birthday on a solo camping road trip. I like reading fantasy novels and wanted to bring some novels about older women having adventures along on my trip. But I found there aren’t many novels — fantasy or otherwise — that feature adventuring female protagonists over 50.read more
This recipe was inspired by many things: digging clams in the Pacific Northwest and a recipe from the Frugal Gourmet cookbook, the mussels I ate in a restaurant on Loch Linnhe in Scotland (I haven’t quite approached their amazingness), French Clams Bordelaise. Fortunately steaming shellfish with wine is easy; it’s now made even easier by the Instant Pot!read more
Tokyo, of course, is known for its Anime, Manga, pop culture — but what about Kyoto? When I toted my Anime-loving daughter along to Kyoto, I was worried that she would simply hang out at the AirBNB which, largely, she did. But we did find some loosely “Otaku” things to do in Kyoto (my daughter’s objection to the term duly noted).read more