Travel · USA

A bit of Bavaria in the most unusual spot

A town must be some kind of special if one is willing to spend six hours on a Sunday drive to get there and back home again. And Leavenworth, the Bavarian-style village in Washington State’s Cascade Mountains, is worth the visit, even if only because it’s so kitschy.  On the ‘plane somewhere between Germany and… Continue reading A bit of Bavaria in the most unusual spot

Travel · Writing

About a jalopy’s amazing journey through Canuckistan

What feels like way way way back in June, I arrived in Canuckistan. I stayed down on the lower mainland for a week or so and then flew up to Quesnel in the Cariboo area, where a generous friend (let’s call him “Dave” for the purpose of this blogpost) lent me a car to use… Continue reading About a jalopy’s amazing journey through Canuckistan

Photography · Travel · USA

A day out in Seattle, the emerald city

I have dreamt of visiting Seattle ever since I was a teenager. I can’t even tell you why. It’s always just  had a strange romantic attraction. And despite the fact that I have been staying only two hours north of the emerald city, I almost didn’t make it there. But earlier this week I drove… Continue reading A day out in Seattle, the emerald city

Eating Out · Travel · USA

About spurned love and finding sweet rhubarb pie for my soul

Once upon a time I wrote a love letter to Canuckistan. But I have fallen out of love. I’m ready for a trial separation. Probably divorce. I’m done being treated with disdain. And I prefer the neighbour now. Since the beginning of November I have been wandering around Washington, USA, and I have found a… Continue reading About spurned love and finding sweet rhubarb pie for my soul

Photography · Travel · USA

Stepping way way (way) out of my comfort zone

Today I did something I practically never do: I went for stroll in a quaint, photogenic neighborhood without my Nikon, and with only my phone and a few dollars in my pocket. The second thing taking me out of my comfort zone is that I’m trying to write and publish this blog on my phone.… Continue reading Stepping way way (way) out of my comfort zone

Photography · Travel · USA

Twenty refreshing reasons to visit Victorian-era Port Townsend

Actually, I don’t have twenty reasons to visit Port Townsend. I have but two: it’s a quaint town, it’s easy to get to, easy to stroll about and boasts several good little eateries. Sorry, that’s four. But at least I’m keeping you on your toes. Port Townsend is a small seaside town on the north-east… Continue reading Twenty refreshing reasons to visit Victorian-era Port Townsend

Travel · USA

About cruising a Washington ferry wondering why I feel so old

Yesterday the friends I’m staying with in northern Washington State took off to Canuckistan for the day. The person with whom I was going to spend the day abandoned me to do something fun north of the border too, and so I headed south. After too many detours I eventually found myself at Fort Casey,… Continue reading About cruising a Washington ferry wondering why I feel so old

Nature · USA

Following the old nose wherever it would lead

I was busy on Wednesday morning but the day just kept getting more beautiful – without a cloud in the sky – which forced me to take a drive. I had no idea where I was going to go. My nose led me. I found myself driving east through Nugent’s Corner, Deming, the welcoming town… Continue reading Following the old nose wherever it would lead

Things · Travel · USA

Having a whale of a time in a bicycle boneyard

I’m not sure if I trespassed this afternoon. For what it’s worth, I didn’t see any “Keep Out” signs in this particular area, but the whole block had been fenced off; all the buildings boarded up, abandoned shells. The fence to the building which used to house The Hub Community Bike Shop was open, and… Continue reading Having a whale of a time in a bicycle boneyard