In Yosemite for the NPS 100th birthday celebration!

  • We're always at home on a cliff.

Les Calanques de Cassis

By |August 20th, 2016|

Parc National Des Calanques, created in 2012 is the only national park in Europe that is terrestrial, marine and peri-urban (near Marseilles on one end and Cassis on the other).  It stretches along the warm sunny [...]

  • The pebble beaches of Nice?  Checkmark on the Trip List Challenge of 100 Things to See Before You Die!

The Pebble Beaches of Nice

By |August 19th, 2016|

Nice is normally crowded in the summer, but because of the attacks, tourism was down by 40%.  We enjoyed being there with some elbow room.  

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Mourning in Nice

By |August 16th, 2016|

Nice is still in shock following the attack on July 14, 2016, when a terrorist drove a truck into crowds of families watching Bastille Day fireworks.  84 people from 19 countries were killed, including 10 [...]

  • We never saw a car that wasn't spotless here.  The car wash price?  $450USD

Monaco on the Côte d’Azur

By |August 14th, 2016|

Monaco, declared W Somerset Maugham, is a "sunny place for shady people".   The second smallest country in the world (following the Vatican), it measures only .78 square miles.  Only 30,000 call this tax haven home. [...]

  • 221B Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes hangs his hat.

Famous Londoners

By |August 12th, 2016|

Who came from or spent time in London?  We found a few likely suspects at Madame Tussauds, Sherlock Holmes address, Abbey Road and a special exhibit of James Bond vehicles.

  • Buckingham Palace's art collection includes the original Andy Warhol from 1985, sprinkled with actual diamond dust.

Time for London Fashion and Theatre

By |August 10th, 2016|

Queen Elizabeth II has surpassed even Queen Victoria, her great great grandmother, in the length of her reign.  To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, Buckingham Palace displayed 65 years of her royal wardrobe, including hits and [...]

  • Harp, Dave, Mike and I by the lone tree at Chambers Bay.

Golfing with the Boys

By |August 5th, 2016|

Chambers Bay and Bandon Dunes should be on the bucket list for any golfers.  Both are classic Scottish golf - no carts, only walking about 7 miles per day on the course.  Our buddies, Harp [...]

  • Cousins hammocking after an exhausting day of throwing rocks in the lake.

Seattle Family at Tahoe

By |July 29th, 2016|

The boys said their favorite thing at Tahoe is...  a tie between jet-skiing and toasting s'mores.

  • A warm welcome from Mt. Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King, who has served in six national parks in 40 years of service in the National Parks.

National Park Foundation Donation

By |July 21st, 2016|

This is BIG news!  Our donation of $2 million to the National Park Foundation over the next 10 years will fund crews that will camp out at the parks for 8 weeks each summer, repairing [...]

  • Gavin and Mike with their thinking caps on for Pictionary.

Tahoe with Courtney’s Gang

By |July 17th, 2016|

Beautiful weather in Tahoe for a little R&R for Courtney's family.

  • Uncle Sam is looking unhappy this election year.

Independence Day in Tacoma

By |July 5th, 2016|

The Commencement Bay waterfront in Tacoma shuts down on July 4th for the Freedom Fair.   We walked over 10 miles along the waterfront with all the activities.

  • Their water hoses pump directly out of Lake Union.

Seattle Baseball and Boats

By |June 28th, 2016|

Seattle was warm and sunny for our weekend with the Mariners and Seattle Harbor Patrol.  SHP is a specialized unit dedicated to the protection of life and property on Seattle waters and 200 miles of city shoreline. [...]