securing a fishing guide in the PNW

Tips on Securing a Fishing Guide in the PNW

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Here for four tips for securing a fishing guide in the PNW.
Arashiyama Kyoto Rilakkuma Bamboo Forest

A Day in Arashiyama

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When you think of the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Sagano Bamboo Forest. But there's so much more to do in this beautiful area of Kyoto. Plan to spend at least a day here -- here are some of the many things to do to make the most of your day in the area.
Blue Hawaiian Pie at A La Mode Pies Phinney

A Damn Fine Piece of Pie: Where to Eat Great Pie in Western Washington...

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This post was written before the COVID-19 outbreak, but I decided to let it run for Pi day as scheduled. In Seattle, we're eating our Pie on Pi Day at home in Seattle -- but when things pick back up these are some great places to go. Put them on your calendar for PIE day, which is January 23.Whether it's Pi Day (in March) or Pie Day (in January) you're likely to see a lot of posts about pie. But any day is a good day for Pie.So we're weighing in on our favorite go-to pie spots in Seattle and western Washington State.
Tintype taken at the Port Townsend Victorian Festival

Going Victorian in Port Townsend

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If you want to explore times of yore (sorry about the rhyme), head to Port Townsend for their annual Victorian Festival. We did in 2018 and encountered many a thing, including frightening(ly beautiful) ball gowns, tintype photography, and ghost stories.
Greystone Castle Castle Rental Near Seattle

Rent a 22,000 sq ft luxury Castle in the PNW for less than $100/person!

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This is a sponsored post from Greystone Castle. This place looks like a fabulous luxury vacation rental near Seattle that I would definitely consider for my next local getaway!
best vr travel experiences and online virtual tours

Traveling the World…Virtually

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When you're stuck at home one way to possibly assuage your travel lust is to go on some virtual tours.Plenty are available on your laptop or desktop and, if you're lucky enough to be staying home with a VR headset, you can heighten the escapism with plenty of 360 degree videos and adventures.Here are some of my favorites.
Path of Phlosophy Route Kyoto

Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus

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The Path of Philosophy is a classic Kyoto walk -- especially in Spring as the path is lined with cherry trees.This is an extended route (with accompanying routemap) that takes you not only on the Tetsugaku no Michi itself, but also through many nearby temples.
Visiting the Paris Catacombs Skulls at the Paris Catacombs

Visiting the Paris Catacombs: A Labyrinth of Death Beneath the City of Light

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Are the Paris Catacombs worth visiting? It depends on what you like. If you're not somebody who enjoys visiting cemeteries when you travel, it might not be the place for you. But there aren't too many other places quite like it and it has an interesting history.Here's a bit of the history of the Paris Catacombs, a few interesting facts and some tips for before you go and how to get there.Here's more about the catacombs, with some tips for visiting.
Kyoto Niningsaka Yasaka Tea Store Gion Kyoto Starbucks Exterior

Visiting the Gion Kyoto Starbucks

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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.
Matterhorn at Seattle Center Fun Forest Circa 1970

Seattle as it Will Never Be: Remembering Pompeii on Eliott Bay…and the Fun Forest

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This "Seattle Vintage" post is husband's recollection of a funny short film from the 1970s which followed archaeologists excavating the remains of the ancient city of Seattle after an eruption of Mount Rainier.This is mixed in with my own memories of the now-long-gone Seattle Center Fun Forest.