Mt. Rainier

November 18, 2020 at 5:00 am (National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Seattle) (, )

Mt. Rainier and Reflection Lake

I came to Tacoma to get married when I was 20 years old. I left 18 years later when the marriage ended. But while I lived there, Mt. Rainier (Tahoma, to the Native peoples, which meant The Mountain That Was God) was a common hangout. We hiked and backpacked there, and when I was 35 I backpacked the Wonderland Trail solo. (Read about those adventures starting here.)

It’s almost 30 years to the day and I’m back at this iconic Cascade volcano, and it feels so different. I’ve seen so much, done so much, felt the roller coaster highs and lows of six-plus decades, and now I seem to be looking at this place with an emotional distance. It’s almost as if I’m watching it on a screen or looking in a book at the photographs I took decades ago.

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RIP Two Venerable Seattle Icons

September 22, 2019 at 5:25 pm (Seattle)

Seattle, WA Cityscape from Bremerton Ferry

I lived 18 years in Tacoma, Washington, and I travel back to the area every few years to visit family. I’m amazed at the massive increase in population and cost of living there, especially in Seattle. It’s been strange seeing the Kingdome replaced awhile back, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge with two spans. Now the Alaskan Way Viaduct is being torn apart as the tunnel replacing it is nearing completion. RIP Viaduct.

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Seattle – The Mountain, The Coffee, The Skyline

January 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm (Seattle) (, , , , )

Mt. Rainier from Crystal Mt. Summit

Mt. Rainier from Crystal Mt. Summit

I lived in Tacoma for 18 years and worked for two of those in Seattle. One of my favorite places in the world is Mt. Rainier National Park. I’m happy I got to see The Mountain on this trip. Last time I was in Seattle for nine days and saw only rain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seattle Women’s March video

January 29, 2017 at 1:36 pm (Seattle, Video) (, , , )

I thought I posted this already.

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Seattle Women’s March and Letter to Sophie

January 22, 2017 at 10:11 am (Seattle, Uncategorized) (, , , )

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I know I’ve been remiss in my blog posts lately. New computer. Stuff to do. Places to go. I’m now in Seattle visiting my son, his wife, and my new (and first) granddaughter Sophie. KUOW Seattle Public Radio’s Facebook post said they wanted people to write letters to loved ones regarding their feelings on the upcoming inauguration. I had written my son a letter 31 years ago about my hopes for him, and thought why not. It’s a good time to let little Sophie know what her MeMaw hopes — and fears — for her. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nine Days in Seattle; Four Hours of Sun

November 16, 2014 at 6:45 am (Seattle, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Starbucks in Ballard

Starbucks in Ballard

I shouldn’t complain.  I lived in Tacoma, WA for 18 years.  I know what the weather’s like there.  But my son and his wife live there, and I hadn’t seen them since their wedding 16 months earlier.  The notorious rain actually started in Eastern Washington, the dry side, and followed me all the way:  Through Snoqualmie Pass AT FREAKING NIGHT – which badly needs a fresh coat of lane paint.  Across the Lake Washington floating bridge.  And pretty much stayed for the next nine days.  Oh, there were about four hours of sunshine.  Never saw Mt. Rainier either. Read the rest of this entry »

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On the Road Again: Seattle

May 2, 2011 at 5:45 pm (Photography, Seattle)

My son Ryan and me at Pike Place Market

This story picks up in the middle of my road trip.  I left Big Bend last Monday, and there isn’t much time for photo editing and blog posting when I’m on the road.  But I’m at my son’s house in Seattle now and it’s a rainy, indoorsy day so I can switch blog hosts as my son has recommended.

Classic Seattle view from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill

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