San Antonio River Walk

The River Walk of San Antonio is a marvel of government foresight, commercial cooperation, targeted tourism, and making a positive out of a negative. They took a “build it and they will come” gamble, and it paid off.

The River Walk follows a well planned and developed set of walking trails that hug both sides of the San Antonio River and its side canals. Originally formed to handle nature’s […]

June 7, 2015|

Point Robinson Lighthouse and Keepers’ Quarters on Maury Island by Vashon Island

The Point Robinson Lighthouse is a great getaway that is close to Seattle yet on the quiet, rural island of Maury Island, connected to Vashon Island. In addition to views, beach walks, and history, the Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters are available to rent and enjoy the waterfront experience more fully.

After taking one of the two public ferries to Vashon Island (connecting from the south or north ends to the mainland), […]

May 25, 2015|

Smash Putt indoors adult miniature golf in Seattle

Smash Putt is a somewhat unusual creation that rises every year or so in an empty warehouse space somewhere around Seattle. Each new incarnation includes prior favorites mixed with newly creative holes. Unlike regular miniature golf, Smash Putt has wacky indoor obstacles that raise the bar and generally end in destruction of your golf ball by the end. Drinks and rockin’ music are of course available. […]

May 22, 2015|

Anderson Island

Anderson Island is the southernmost island of Puget Sound, holding a small, rural, quiet community that is more set up for casual getaway residents than tourists. That is part of its appeal, indeed.

Anderson Island can be reached via a small car ferry from the town of Steilacoom, south of Tacoma and north of Olympia. Once on island, it’s hard to get lost given the few main roads and […]

April 12, 2015|

Dick and Jane’s Spot in Ellensburg

Dick and Jane’s Spot is a unique and eclectic yard art “exhibition” available for viewing 24/7 in the town of Ellensburg. It all began around 1980 when artists Dick and Jane (who also had a dog Spot at the time) started creating pieces to jazz up the outside of their home, which was boarded up and dilapidated when they purchased it a couple years earlier. The experience became […]

March 28, 2015|

Hike around Parego’s Lagoon by Ebey’s Landing in Coupeville

There is a beautiful 3.5 mile loop hike on Whidbey Island’s west side of Coupeville, with continuous views along its entire length. Starting from Ebey’s Landing in Ebey’s Reserve National Historical Reserve, the loop first heads north along a pebble beach of Puget Sound. After a mile, a wide sandy extension of the mainland has trapped Parego’s Lagoon between steep bluffs and outer beach. After rounding the […]

March 8, 2015|

Las Vegas and Blue Man Group

Las Vegas, The Land Of Over The Top Electric Bills, is unsurprisingly gaudy yet can be surprisingly fun if you’re willing to spend some cash. Some of the entertainment shows are quite spectacular in terms of scale and impressiveness, and other shows are funny, magical, or musical. There are good options for finding same day half price tickets. Wandering around to take advantage of the amusement park […]

February 7, 2015|