Taking our friends on a whirlwind tour of Southwest US National Parks

  • You could say we're "beachwood aged", right?

Port Angeles WA

By |April 17th, 2016|

Port Angeles is a coastal city off Washington state's peninsula, where the cold Pacific ocean crashes into the shore.  It has fresh salty air with just enough humidity, and is located in a rain shadow, where [...]

  • The barefoot locals had a good laugh over gringoes who got their fancy shoes stuck in the mud.

Panama Guy Trip

By |April 10th, 2016|

Panama was the destination for the latest guy trip - sailing to remote islands off the Caribbean coast.  Let's just say it wasn't Mike's favorite trip.  He tried sleeping on the top deck for extra [...]

  • Sarah and I hadn't been up to the tulip fields for years - I forgot how pretty it is.

Skagit Valley Tulips

By |April 4th, 2016|

About an hour north of Seattle, the Skagit Valley has similar latitude, soil and marine air to Holland. Tulip growers farm acres of tulips every year for bulbs that are shipped around the world. [...]

  • The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle.  Happy Spring!

Spring in Seattle

By |April 3rd, 2016|

Unseasonably warm, sunny weather has brought flowers out of hiding.

  • A red wolf stares down our spectators.

Woodland Park Zoo Seattle

By |April 2nd, 2016|

A window into the wild! Woodland Park Zoo is big on conservation and education, but in an extremely entertaining way. Especially for my nephews, who had a blast.

  • The elevation changes at Wolf are unbelievable.  This is from the tee box - you're aiming somewhere right of those gaping sand traps.

Mesquite Golf and Valley of Fire

By |March 25th, 2016|

Just north of Las Vegas lies Mesquite, a golfing paradise, as well as the Valley of Fire State Park.  The crown jewel of golf in Mesquite is the Wolf Course, which is a roller coaster [...]

  • Score!  Tickets for Mariners Spring Training game against the Diamondbacks.

Seattle Mariners Spring Training

By |March 17th, 2016|

Hard to beat Phoenix for entertainment in the spring.  Baseball and golf are the perfect combination to get our attention!

  • When the things you plan need a helping hand, I will understand.  Always.

Sedona AZ

By |March 14th, 2016|

I had forgotten just how breathtaking Sedona is, like living in a postcard.  The town's first postmaster was a guy named Schnebly, a very awkward name to spell and pronounce.  So the town was named after his [...]

  • Raiding the Rock Vault at the Tropicana.

Vegas Time

By |March 12th, 2016|

March in Vegas always attracts visitors (in this case two of Mike's sisters) who enjoyed the spectacular weather, not to mention a few diversions like golf and concerts.

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Golfing in Carlsbad

By |March 5th, 2016|

We're racking up some golf rounds lately, trying to shape up our respective games for a tournament or two coming up.  Fore!

  • Kenny Irwin, a one man artistic recycling machine.  A close look reveals bowling balls, car parts and animal horns, pulled together with glue, foam sealant and spray paint.

Keeping Palm Springs Weird

By |March 1st, 2016|

Aside from golfing in Palm Springs, we took a celebrity home tour.  The highlight was meeting Kenny Irwin, Palm Springs resident artist, whose yard is like a technicolor alien invasion.  He's off kilter, in the very best artistic [...]

  • Our lovely niece, Ashley, someday to speak for the underprivileged.

Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX

By |February 13th, 2016|

A stopover in Lubbock, TX allowed us time to catch up with our niece, Ashley, and visit Texas Tech University.  TTU campus is home to the undergraduate school, law school and medical school, and is [...]