Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis

A visit to Graceland is a surprisingly well put together homage to a cultural icon, flawed person, 1950s – 1970s culture, family man to some, and god to others. It is both sentimental and over the top, and deep down it says much not only about Elvis but also about the world he influenced.

Graceland itself is in a rather nondescript and somewhat rundown part of Memphis. But once […]

February 21, 2016|

Mardi Gras Carnivale Celebration at Museo Gallery in Langley

Museo Gallery offers intriguing art and an occasional party for the locals of Langley on Whidbey Island. One such event is their annual Mardi Gras / Carnivale celebration. Guests are invited to dress up extravagantly. There is food, drink, lots of people spilling out onto the street, and fire spinners. Good mix of hanging out with hanging art.

January 23, 2016|

Snow on Olympic Mountains from Ebey’s Reserve

The winter season’s first snow was starting to accumulate on the Olympic Mountains. An otherwise dark clouded morning broke through with some sunlight across the Olympic Mountains, as seen from Ebey’s Reserve National Historical Monument area in Coupeville on Whidbey Island.

December 22, 2015|

Star Wars themed Gingerbread Village at Seattle Sheraton

With the impending release of the new Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens”, Star Wars mania even spread to the 23rd Annual Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton. This annual charity event serves as a friendly competition between a select group who go all out in creating food-based sculpture.

Most everything you see in these movie gingerbread sculptures is edible, except for the lights and some structure. For this […]

November 27, 2015|

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in Seattle

Macy’s sponsors and runs its famous Thanksgiving Parade the day after Thanksgiving each year. It’s Black Friday shopping day after all, so it gets lots of people downtown. The parade offers a classic range of sights and sounds: waving people, candy throwers, the mayor, dancing troupes, marching bands, clowns, lots of floats, classic cars, and occasional surprises. Good family fun, especially if tied together with other downtown […]

November 27, 2015|

The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest is a mini Disneyland within a private forest of Turner Oregon, just south of Salem. Fairytales, nursery rhymes, and storybook characters come to life as displays, fun houses, small amusement park rides, theater performances, and activities throughout.

The park begins with a winding path through many colorful scenes hidden within the trees and understory of the forest, all reminiscent of recognizable childhood stories. Then small interactive […]

July 8, 2015|

Beaver Bay Campground by Yale Lake at Mt St Helens

If you are exploring around the caves and hiking trails of south Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument park, then consider Beaver Bay Campground as a sleeping and launching place. It is a nicely laid out and appointed campground owned by a timber company yet open to the public like a park campground. Though the sites are open to other sites without much break between them, it does […]

July 6, 2015|