Sonora – Stop for a Great Burger at Yosemite’s Gateway

En route to Yosemite from San Francisco Airport almost two years ago, my husband and I opted to stopover in Sonora, which had promised to be a quaint gold rush era town with good food. This seemed the sane thing to do after a long flight but it's probably also because we wanted to save the cost of a night's stay at the pricey Ahwahnee. And we were intrigued by getting a good cheeseburger at the Diamondback Grill in Sonora.

See related post - Yosemite – Tips for First...

Continue Reading

Kehinde Wiley – Catch His Works

One of the my favourite young american artists, Kehinde Wiley, showed a series of works at the Seattle Art Museum and I was lucky enough to be town during the exhibit which ran till May 8, 2016. Kehinde is best known for his portraits of African Americans whom he places in historically well known classical artwork poses. In doing so, he elevates the models he finds off the streets of Brooklyn or elsewhere into positions usually reserved for those with higher status. The exhibit titled...

Continue Reading

On Mt. Rainier – Scenic Walk with Meadow Flowers in Bloom

Nice walk on Mt. Rainier

Since I'm rarely in Seattle, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to catch the meadow flowers in bloom on Mt. Rainier. The scenic Naches Peak Loop Trail was a great way to view the flowers as well as a few lakes in a relatively easy three-plus mile walk.

Mt. Rainier is around a one and a half hour drive from downtown Seattle. While I joined Evergreen Escapes for this tour to Mt. Rainier, it's actually pretty easy to do this walk on your own if you have a car. The trail is well signed and...

Continue Reading

A Day in the San Juan Islands – Orcas Island and Friday Harbor

San Juan Islands' Lopez Island

I've always wanted to visit the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, known for their idyllic views, quaint towns and whale watching. While I didn't have time for the latter, I still had a good visit to Orcas Island and Friday Harbor (on San Juan island) - two of the more popular destinations. A visit to the San Juans is especially nice in the fine summer weather.

The most practical way to reach the islands is to drive out to Anacortes and take a ferry from there. From Seattle it...

Continue Reading

Seattle’s Community Gardens – Beacon Food Forest

What a great idea - a neighborhood garden run wholly by volunteers where people and kids can help themselves to the fruits and veggies. It not only beautifies what would have been unused municipal land but creates a useable output as well. The Beacon Hill Food Forest takes the Seattle wide P-Patch Community Garden project a step further in size and by incorporating gardening based on a woodland ecosystem.

My friend Ross and his friend Brad (aka Kenji) introduced me to the Beacon Hill...

Continue Reading