Lummi Island 2016

Last Christmas my present was a long weekend at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island in Puget Sound to be taken at some future date. Well, that date finally arrived last week. Getting to and from the island is by ferry. … Continue reading

Boston 2016

Ah, the life of an old retired guy. Lorette had a conference in Boston and needed someone to handle her luggage. So, while she was getting smarter, I got to (mostly) play tourist. The highlight for me was to reconnect … Continue reading

Arizona 2016

My daughter, Jennifer, is a huge Seattle Mariners fan. In March she got tickets for a couple of spring training games in Arizona and invited me to go along. So, in addition to watching some baseball, we visited the Desert Botanical … Continue reading

Wintergrass 2016

We have been attending the Wintergrass Music Festival for nine or ten years now, first when it was in Tacoma and for the past seven years, in Bellevue. If you are thinking about sitting outside on a hay bale watching the local … Continue reading

Victoria, BC

A 70th birthday present from my son and daughter: a long weekend in Victoria with just the three of us. The trip started with a two and a half hour ride on the Victoria Clipper from downtown Seattle to Victoria’s Inner … Continue reading

Guayabitos 2016

We enjoyed it so much last year, we decided to do a repeat. This time we invited friends, Patti and Jeff, who were both in need of a relaxing getaway, to come along. After a nonstop flight from Seattle, Guayabitos … Continue reading

Cuenca, Ecuador

After our seven day cruise around the Galapagos Islands, we flew to Guayaquil where we were met by our guide, Javier, for the drive from sea level, over a 13,500 foot pass in the Andes, to Cuenca, elevation 8,315 feet. … Continue reading

Galapagos Islands

After three nights in Quito we boarded a plane for the Galapagos Islands, about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. The archipelago consists of six larger and several smaller volcanic islands lying on or near the Equator. Home for … Continue reading