Skagit Valley Tulip Festival near Mt Vernon

The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival draws many thousands of tourists to its colorful fields every year. Located an hour north of Seattle in the rich farming soils of the Skagit Valley near Mt Vernon, it offers a kaleidoscope of shapes and textures across the many farms that participate. Visiting mid-week can be advisable, since weekend crowds can get unwieldy. It is worth a fun stop, especially […]

March 27, 2016|

Cross-country Skiing White Salmon Road 3075 near Mt Baker

White Salmon Road 3075 is a pleasant, couple mile long, out-and-back cross-country / Nordic skiing trail in the Mt Baker area. It is noteworthy for its great views of Mt Shuksan and its fairly gradual terrain (except for the very end).

The parking lot is a bit tight and on a sloped surface, so you may need some careful jockeying in slippery conditions. But once on the snow-covered road, […]

March 26, 2016|

National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis

The National Ornamental Metal Museum is an unexpected attraction in Memphis, located on a high bank above the Mississippi River. The museum includes a fairly wide range of exhibits, including gallery shows of very fine metalwork, jewelry, artistic forms, and experiments. Another building includes more historical and heavier duty metal objects. A fully functioning metal shop and forge is open to the public for viewing. And […]

February 21, 2016|

Beale Street in Memphis

Beale Street is a renowned music and nightlife hot spot in downtown Memphis, known especially for its many blues musicians and good southern food. While there, we saw the sights and sounds, including live music that is easy to find virtually every night of the week. For dinner, it was authentic and fried: fried catfish, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, fried hush puppies, and then a tangent with […]

February 21, 2016|

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|