Kayaking Saratoga Passage near Coupeville

Saratoga Passage offers beautiful views of tree-lined Whidbey Island to the west and Camano Island to the east. Waters are generally calmer than Puget Sound, and there are occasional public access points along the shore.

North comes upon several lagoons and eventually arrives at the mouth of Penn Cove. […]

2017-07-30T21:14:12+00:00 July 16, 2017|

Rafting and Fly Fishing The Grande Ronde River in Oregon

The Grande Ronde River is a fun, relaxing, and scenic river in eastern Washington. A particularly good route starts at the Minam General Store, where raft and equipment rentals are available, and then meanders about 45 miles through smooth open water plus Class 2 rapids. This route can […]

2017-07-20T22:42:27+00:00 July 9, 2017|

Maxwelton 4th of July Parade in Clinton on Whidbey Island

This fun community parade has been going steady since 1915! The Maxwelton 4th of July Parade happens every year in the south Whidbey Island town of Clinton. Everyone is welcome to either be in the parade or watch the parade or both.

Plenty of home grown floats, costumes, music, […]

2017-07-30T21:11:58+00:00 July 4, 2017|

Flying home

After visiting a relatively nondescript part of the country, the flight back over the Cascade Mountains provided a great reminder to appreciate home even more. Seeing the long stretch of dry eastern Washington and Oregon start shifting into the pretty slopes and vistas of the Cascades is a great […]

2017-07-30T21:16:17+00:00 July 1, 2017|

Whistler ATV RZR riding tour

The Adventure Group of Whistler BC Canada runs a fun ATV ride through the forests and views above town. Rocky, bumpy, dusty, muddy forest roads are easily handled by the Polaris RZR ATVs. Scrambling up rocky inclines, spinning tires, and getting muddy is what it’s all about.

There are […]

2017-05-29T22:25:35+00:00 May 17, 2017|

Vignettes from Life in Tokyo Japan

Tokyo and Japan sure are different from back home, and in a good, refreshing, cultural way. Alleys are lined with unlocked bikes that don’t get stolen. There are essentially no public trash cans to be found anywhere, yet the city is still very clean from trash. 7-11 […]

2017-10-07T17:50:34+00:00 April 26, 2017|

Unusual tiny old bars of Golden-gai in Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

Shinjuku district of Tokyo Japan is a modern, over-electrified, bustling commercial district that stands out for nightlife in Tokyo. Recessed in a corner of the district is something completely different: Golden-gai. The area is comprised of about 6 narrow block-long alleys, lined with over 200 bars, clubs, and […]

2017-10-08T17:21:53+00:00 April 21, 2017|