Seattle, The Emerald City

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Mukilteo, WA, where theTravelsketcher and I have lived for the past six years. Mukilteo is a beautiful little town about 25 miles north of Seattle. However, I was born and raised in the Seattle area, and have spent the majority of my life in and around the region.... Continue Reading →

A Walk In My Neighborhood

As some of you may know, we are getting ready to move to France in a few weeks. Our visas have been approved, our condo has sold, and now our biggest hurdle is working out the details of getting our cat, Neville, to France. But that seems to be falling into place, like everything else.... Continue Reading →

Hikes, Rambles and Strolls

My husband and I enjoy hiking and have hiked a wide variety of trails in our 34 years of marriage. A few of our favorites are Golden Canyon in Death Valley, Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park and Loch Brora in Northern Scotland. Our all time favorite places to hike are thankfully,... Continue Reading →

Orcas Island, WA

The San Juan Islands, located in the Salish Sea in the northwestern part of Washington State, are an ideal get away for anyone looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors. This archipelago consists of over 400 islands with San Juan, Orcas and Lopez being the largest in the chain. The islands offer a wide... Continue Reading →

On the Road Again – Wine Tasting!

Have vaccine will travel! And that’s exactly what we did last weekend; our first trip in way too many months. It was so great to be on the road again. It was drizzling in the Seattle area as we left town, but by the time we were over Snoqualmie Pass, the sun was shining and... Continue Reading →

Whidbey Island, WA

Whidbey Island, located in Puget Sound about 30 miles north of Seattle is the largest island in Washington State. It was named for Joseph Whidbey, one of the explorers on Captain George Vancouver's team who, along with Peter Puget, mapped the island in the late 1700s. It is home to several state parks, including my... Continue Reading →

Lake Quinault, WA

Lake Quinault located in the southern part of the Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington State makes for a peaceful and relaxing get away almost anytime of year. Located on the Olympic Peninsula, the current lodge was built in the 1920s by the same architect who built Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. It... Continue Reading →

Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive is a scenic stretch of road in Northwestern Washington State that runs from Bellingham to Bow. Before it was completed in 1896, boat or train were the only options to get south of Whatcom County. This scenic road was once part of the Pacific Highway that ran from Vancouver, BC to San Diego.... Continue Reading →

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