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After spending three beautiful days in the Seattle area, it was time to board our cruise ship for Alaska. My mom and her boyfriend were joining us for the cruise. For each of us, it was our first time on a cruise and first time to Alaska! We ended up choosing Princess Cruises because of their extensive options and excursions for Alaskan cruising. An itinerary that included Glacier Bay National Park was… Read More

Our last morning in Seattle. Later in the day we board the cruise ship to Alaska! After having a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we decided to walk to Kerry Park–known for its panoramic views of the Seattle skyline. From our hotel at 5th & Roy in Seattle, it was about 20 minute walk (0.8 miles) to Kerry Park. One thing I didn’t realize about Seattle were the hills! Our legs have… Read More

Why did I visit a library on my vacation? Well, I am a librarian, of course! If I see a library, I like to pop in and check it out. The Seattle Public Library Central Library is an architectural wonder. Soaring high, lots of glass, shiny escalators, natural light. Are there books? Yes! But for me, a library is all about people. Lots of library patrons were on the computers researching, getting… Read More

Where’s all that Seattle rain? Weather has been all blue skies and sunshine…No complaints here! We continued to use our Seattle CityPass. Up next was the harbor tour from Argosy Cruises. We made our way from Pike Place Market down a series of stairs to the waterfront and then a short walk to Pier 55. The harbor tour lasts one hour and is narrated. It offers beautiful views of the Seattle skyline,… Read More

After our daytime admission to the Space Needle, we decided to walk over to Pike Place Market. It was a beautiful morning and the walk from the Space Needle is about one mile and takes just over 20 minutes. Walked past the first Starbucks and then popped in to a bakery for mid-morning snack. Then we walked past the various stalls selling seafood, fruits and vegetables, and flowers. And yes, we stayed… Read More

With our Seattle CityPass we were entitled to both a day and night admission to the venerable Space Needle. Since we started sightseeing in the late afternoon, we decided to go up to the top of the Space Needle at night, first. It was beautiful…great views of all of the twinkly lights of the city. Another bonus: it wasn’t that crowded when we went. Then the next morning, we returned for our… Read More

After our Twin Peaks adventures, we returned our rental car to Sea-Tac airport and then hopped on Seattle’s light rail from the airport and took it downtown to Westlake. There we transferred to the Monorail. Funny story: As we were waiting for the Monorail, a family walked up and asked “Is this the way?” I said, “I think so!” and they decided to follow us. Then we parted after getting off the… Read More

Since Salish Lodge & Spa was our home base, we branched out from there to explore the other local Twin Peaks sites with our trusty filming location map from the hotel. No Twin Peaks fan will pass up a visit to Twede’s Cafe in North Bend. This was used as the “Double R” diner on the show. Loads of food and friendly wait staff. Where’s Norma? Ordering the coffee and cherry pie… Read More

We’re fans of the now cult classic TV show Twin Peaks by David Lynch. Remember it? Laura Palmer, cherry pie, and damn fine coffee! It only aired from 1990-1991 on ABC. I recall my mom watching it. I was around 12 years old at the time, but still remember the name Laura Palmer. We watched the pilot episode last year and then blazed through the rest. We were hooked. You can watch… Read More

You could spend weeks touring the various Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington DC. We had 3 full days. What to do? We tried to fit in a few of the highlights based on our interests: National Air & Space Museum National Museum of American History National Museum of Natural History The Smithsonian Castle Hirshhorn Museum Most are located along the National Mall and all are free. Check the Smithsonian website as some… Read More

After spending the morning and part of the afternoon at The Newseum, we set out to see the monuments. We took the Metro to the L’Enfant Plaza station where we managed to get horribly turned around. Eventually we made our way down D Street/Maryland Avenue, past the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, over a pedestrian bridge, and then we were walking along the Tidal Basin towards the Jefferson Memorial. Our plan was to walk… Read More

The Newseum in Washington DC – dedicated to exhibits on the news media (print and digital) and the First Amendment – has been one of my more favorite recent museum experiences. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Capitol, visitors at street level can view the daily front pages of newspapers of each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Being from Wisconsin, one day we saw the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and the… Read More