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Traveling the World…Virtually

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.

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Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus

Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus

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.

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What are? The three most popular posts and pages in the last few months have been: 

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Traveling the World…Virtually

Traveling the World…Virtually

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.

J’Adore les Baguettes: Easy Crusty Rustic Bread Recipe

J’Adore les Baguettes: Easy Crusty Rustic Bread Recipe

If you’re stuck at home, but you have flour and yeast in your cupboard, have a baking stone and an oven, this is a very easy method for making crusty rustic loaves…or pizza dough…in your home oven.

Here’s the rest of the (prior) excerpt:

Who doesn’t love a crusty baguette? This is the first of some recipes inspired by places I’ve been — this one I’m relocating from another site I have that I don’t plan to keep up — so why not start posting some (at least loosely) travel-related recipes? While these may not be exactly like the ones you’d get in la boulangerie, they are good and super-easy to make.

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A Damn Fine Piece of Pie: Where to Eat Great Pie in Western Washington this Pi Day (or Any Day)

A Damn Fine Piece of Pie: Where to Eat Great Pie in Western Washington this Pi Day (or Any Day)

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.

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Traveling the World…Virtually

Traveling the World…Virtually

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.

Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus

Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus

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.

“Travel-Inspired” Recipes

Making Mexican Sugar Skulls for Dia de Los Muertos

Making Mexican Sugar Skulls for Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration to honor and remember departed loved ones. Colorful sugar skulls are a common part of the occasion. Here’s how to make these colorful skulls (note: this is a craft recipe; you probably don’t want to eat these.)

Instant Pot Clams Bordelaise

Instant Pot Clams Bordelaise

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!

J’Adore les Baguettes: Easy Crusty Rustic Bread Recipe

J’Adore les Baguettes: Easy Crusty Rustic Bread Recipe

If you’re stuck at home, but you have flour and yeast in your cupboard, have a baking stone and an oven, this is a very easy method for making crusty rustic loaves…or pizza dough…in your home oven.

Here’s the rest of the (prior) excerpt:

Who doesn’t love a crusty baguette? This is the first of some recipes inspired by places I’ve been — this one I’m relocating from another site I have that I don’t plan to keep up — so why not start posting some (at least loosely) travel-related recipes? While these may not be exactly like the ones you’d get in la boulangerie, they are good and super-easy to make.

Outdoor Activities and Gear

“Sheltering in Place” and Getting Outside?

“Sheltering in Place” and Getting Outside?

There’s a lot of talk right now about “sheltering in place” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Does sheltering in place mean staying indoors at all times, or is it acceptable and responsible right now to enjoy the great outdoors to stay sane while still staying healthy?

Feeling Drawn to the Water? A PNW Wetsuit Guide

Feeling Drawn to the Water? A PNW Wetsuit Guide

The Pacific Northwest is a great place for water sports, but it can be cold. Here are some great tips for choosing a wetsuit for the Pacific Northwest from evo — a Seattle based outdoor gear retailer.

A Quick Ski Camping Checklist

A Quick Ski Camping Checklist

Here’s a quick checking of what to bring ski camping from evo a Seattle retailer who knows about outdoor and backcountry gear.

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Try Things.

Ira Glass
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Try Things. Ira Glass Said So!

I went to see a talk by Ira Glass titled, “Seven Things I’ve Learned.” One of the things was, simply, “try things.” But how often do we do that?

Blog Notices and Off-Topic

Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

We were nominated for the “Blogger Recognition Award” so here’s a post to thank the bloggers that nominated us and carry it forward!

Cha Cha Changes…

Cha Cha Changes…

We thought we were done with updating our site appearance and moving into 2020 looking forward to writing…but sometimes technical considerations get in the way. Our events calendar has unexpectedly had a major update and to move into the future, it turns out we need to update our website to go along with it.

Try Things.

Ira Glass
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Try Things. Ira Glass Said So!

I went to see a talk by Ira Glass titled, “Seven Things I’ve Learned.” One of the things was, simply, “try things.” But how often do we do that?

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