From 2008-2013 I did a few posts mapping my urban hiking adventures in Seattle. Now that I am temporarily in the San Francisco area, I thought I’d post one for this city. I’ve done many already. I’d say I’ve urban hiked over 100 miles in the city since my July arrival. Probably closer to 200 […]
There are two signs in my Seattle neighborhood of Ballard that are puzzling to me. #1 Bop Street Records This record store proudly displays a sign in the front window stating “One of the five best music stores in America” as proclaimed by The Wall Street Journal. The WSJ? What does the Wall Street Journal […]
I posted this photo on Facebook in September when everyone was talking about Breaking Bad. It belongs here on this site. Back when I was a kid they had candy cigarettes. Today it is candy meth. This is from a sweets store a few blocks from my home in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. And […]
My last post was about an amazing 17th floor view from the Russell Investments building in the heart of Seattle. This view isn’t as high up, but is still an impressive find. During weekday business hours, go to the 4th & Madison building. You’ll actually enter the building from 3rd Avenue. When you go in […]
Ever since I arrived in Seattle in 2007, I have been an exploring machine. I’ve seen more of this city than many people that have been here since birth. But until one evening this summer I had no idea about this killer view overlooking downtown Seattle. Back in 2006 when Washington Mutual was busy printing […]
Found this street art near the Space Needle.
Maybe it has something to do with the angle of the Earth to the Sun during the winter, but I’ve always loved the look of Seattle on clear days from November to February. Here are some photos I took walking North on 4th Ave in Downtown Seattle. Full Gallery
This summer has been the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle, which debuted at the 1962 World’s Fair. In honor of that event, they rolled back the admission price to just $1. I think it is normally $19. Rain was expected, but it didn’t come. The views were excellent. Full Gallery for Space Needle + Sculpture […]
It has been a long time since I did a Seattle specific post. Earlier this summer on one of my urban hikes, I made my first stop to the Kurt Cobain bench. How this landmark escaped me until recently is a mystery. I must have walked past this little park twenty times. Vieretta Park is […]
Five years ago I was playing with mashing up photos and classic art using Photoshop. These days I use the free Paint.NET for my image work. Well, it turns out with a third party plugin you can do the same mash up in Paint.NET. For this post I used four photos I took in Seattle […]
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A good snowstorm doesn’t happen in Seattle every year, so I took advantage of the day and went for an urban hike. Three years ago, I did a 16 mile hike through the snow. Today I did 20 miles. My hike took me through Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, University, Montlake, Madison Valley, Capitol Hill, Downtown, […]
Last year I published a few photos of me and Santa. This year I located two more. These are with my sister. Merry Christmas.
I’m back in Seattle and I’ve got a list of many things I need to do. However, I ended up going on a 7 mile urban hike when I saw the sky color this morning.
I’m a lazy blogger this week. Maybe it is the caffeine detox or the nice weather or my other web projects keeping me quiet. Anyway, here is a photo of me and my sister taken many summers ago.
Yesterday I attended the Seattle Art Walk, which is always on the first Thursday of the month. One of the pieces of art was this cool night photograph of the Elephant Car Wash. Seattle has some of the most amazing late evening skies. Put some pink neon in front of it and it really pops. […]
The photo below is me at 18 months. If you look behind my head, you can see a mailbox. A few summers later me and some neighbor kids would put handfuls of gravel into it. I think we did everyday for a week. Then the post office removed the mailbox from our street. I wonder […]
The weather has been so nice in Seattle, that I feel more like exploring than blogging. Today a few members of the Coffee Club of Seattle walked over to the Lake View Cemetery and located the grave of Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee’s son Brandon Lee is buried next to him. If you go to Lake […]
Today was another wonderful day in Seattle. I took some photos as I urban hiked from Upper Queen Anne to Downtown. Upper Queen Anne looking west to Magnolia Sculpture Park. Looks a lot different when the sun isn’t out. Train tracks going underneath Sculpture Park Seattle Waterfront Behind Pike Place Market I think summer is […]
I got some ants this spring in my kitchen. I set a trap of mixing sugar, Borax and almond butter. The mixture was smeared onto a business card. It was highly effective. I took this photo as they were taking the bait. Then I went to VintageJS.com and made an Instagram-like version of the photo.
Photo taken in the Central District of Seattle.
Imagine you are driving through Seattle one morning. The skies are gray and there is a light rain. Up ahead you think you see a parking spot. There is a car coming up behind you. You glance over to see if it is OK to park there. This is the sign you see.
I just happened to be holding my camera when the hail storm hit today in Ballard. Ballard Hail Photos
This morning I could see Mount Rainier and the moon from my window. Rainier is almost 66 miles away. The moon a little further.
This time with me and my sister.
This is a creative use for a bunch of beer bottle caps. This artwork is on Broadway Avenue in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle.
Here are some more photos I took of my new neighborhood of Ballard.
Here are some photos I took on my walk today. I’d love to take artistic credit for timing the first shot, but it was pure luck that the bird dove into frame at that moment. larger version of image
I took a photo of this dog that climbs the fence and barks whenever another dog approaches the Ballard Post Office. He took his job very seriously.
On my first night at the new place, I squinted real hard and thought I could see the Space Needle from my apartment window. Then we had some rain and some fog and I couldn’t see anything. Today we had was super clear skies, so I took out my camera and fired up the zoom. […]
Yep. Here is the pumpkin at Teacup.
Last Saturday I got to watch 278 zombies wake up and dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle. Below is a 16 second video of what you missed. Some cool photos are over at The Big Blog.
I discover something new every time I go downtown Seattle.
Found this sign in Portland.
Kurt Cobain sticker located in South Lake Union.
First came the cancer. Then someone defaced his movie poster in Capitol Hill.
A creative shoe rack for a really tall person. Larger version of image
My failed home latte art attempt ended up looking like a Kanji symbol. I think the Chinese meaning of this particular symbol is “keep practicing” or possibly “seek medical attention“.
Maybe this place is staffed by more than one woman named Joy? Photo taken in the Northgate area of Seattle.
This sign was taped to a bush in the Central District. Underneath it was the response.
Now that my camera has been repaired…
I think Julia Roberts is playing the piranha in this movie. Or is that a different movie I’m thinking of?
The return of Orange Crush. No more sensor problems. Larger image
Today I will be returning my camera to Canon for repairs. I still have two days left in the warranty period, so it shouldn’t cost me anything. What is the problem? I noticed a thin white line in some of my photos. My photographer friend helped me figure out that it was a sensor problem. […]
I stumbled upon a painted figure on the boarded up window of an abandoned house in the Central District.
Photo taken in Capitol Hill.
The Starbucks at Queen Anne Ave and Boston is now sporting this fancy Doggie Pit Stop water bowl. The inside reads: It’s Not a Double Latte, But It’ll Do…
This weekend I headed out to Sequim, Washington for the Lavender Festival. I never knew that there are so many different varietals of lavender. Each one has a slightly different smell. My friend Melissa will be pleased to know that there is a Melissa varietal and it smelled the best. Larger version of bee photo
When crossing between the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas, be sure to take the Hood Canal Bridge. Alternate routes could be painful. Photo taken on the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry.
Here are two photos from yesterday’s mini urban hike.
If you are in the business of selling coffee there are two words you should absolutely know how to spell. The first is espresso (not expresso) and the second is Colombian (not Columbian). This photo was taken today at the Northgate Starbucks inside the QFC. UPDATE October 2010: The spelling is now fixed. Behold the […]
Who needs a gym membership when you can exercise at 76?
This was my third year attending the Fremont Solstice Parade. Instead of watching the parade, I got there early and went straight to the staging area. From there I took most of my photos. I have a video of the naked bikers, but I am not sure where to upload it. Even though it is […]
This weekend the tide was at lowest level for the summer. It was so low, you could walk from Golden Gardens to Carkeep Park on ground that is normally covered with water. Below are some photos from the hike. Photo Gallery for Low Tide Ballard (2010)
Here are the latest photos taken from my homemade light box. And to think I was ready to drop a grand on a fancy camera. All I needed was a cardboard box, cloth, poster board and some free time. Not bad for a $149 camera. Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical […]
Last week I spotted a sign for corn dogs. Now everywhere I look, I see them. Then Friday, I walked past this corn dog and Lenin sign in Capitol Hill. Corn dogs, really?
My goal is to start putting better photos up on INeedCoffee, so I decided I needed to get a lightbox. A lightbox should give me a nice clean surface with minimal shadows. They sell lightboxes, but I liked the idea of making my own. I used the tutorial How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent […]
Today the weather forecast for Seattle was for a 50% chance of rain. I liked those odds. Photo Gallery for Sunny Thursday in Seattle
Seattle’s Lusty Lady announced it will close soon. Your puns will be missed.
This post has been moved from Coffee Hero. It was originally written on September 18, 2009. Time for another caffeinated trip down memory lane. Here are two photos showing off all my coffee gear from May 2001. This is sort of like a family photo of a coffee fanatic. A lot of the equipment you […]
I went to this espresso place in Kingston, Washington on Saturday. May have been the worst espresso I’ve had in years. Seattle may be a world leader in coffee, but once you break outside city limits, things get ugly fast.
I passed by this sign today here in our nation’s espresso capital of Seattle. I have yet to see anyone walking around with a pet pig, yet apparently it is important enough to create a city ordinance and make these signs. Photo No Pot Bellied Pigs in Seattle by Flickr user INeedCoffee / CoffeeHero Sources: […]
Last night I attended the Gong Fu Tea Brewing Workshop at Teacup. Here is a photo a carved dragon tea scooper. The Wikipedia has a nice introduction to the Gongfu tea ceremony. http://blackdragonteabar.blogspot.com/2010/03/teacup-tea-classes-march-2010.html
I didn’t get a great froth on this one, so the fine detail is missing. However, I think I nailed the stem. If you want to see outstanding home latte art check out Naug’s Latte Art Blog. Whenever I think I need better equipment to make latte art, I am reminded that he has the […]
Last Sunday the Coffee Club of Seattle went over to Kirkland to visit the Urban Coffee Lounge. Besides the great coffee drinks, our group was impressed by the wall decoration. It is a collection of different sized coffee mugs fixed to a concrete backing. Below are a few photos of the wall fixture. Sources: Photo […]
My VW Golf TDI (the Silver Surfer) celebrated its 100,000 mile birthday last night while driving through Lower Queen Anne. Here is a breakdown of the first 100,000 miles. No wonder I like Seattle. I’m driving almost half as much as I did in San Diego.
Telling visitors where to find the salmon or telling the salmon they need to swim upstream?
Here is a preview of an upcoming post. This latte art etching photo was taken at Dubsea Coffee yesterday.
My November 6th post Metal Tree had a broken image link that I just discovered. I was able to see the photo, because I was logged into my photo host site, but nobody else could. So today you are getting a rerun.
Guess the month and year this photo was taken. There are enough clues in the background that one should be able to figure it out. Larger Image
Even decaf can look cool if placed on a shiny table under the nighttime glow of a red neon light. Source: Fremont Coffee Company – Photo taken from the table under the sign in the front room.
This post was moved from Coffee Hero. Let me started by saying that I am not skilled when it comes to latte art. Since 99% of the drinks I make at home are straight espresso shots, I rarely get a chance to improve my pour. Today I got to try making latte art using non-homogenized […]
The long awaited video and photos to my day of elephant training are finally ready. Enjoy my gracefulness! This highlight video was made using Windows Live Movie Maker, which I just downloaded and am still learning how to use. Elephant Training in Chiang Mai, Thailand Photo Gallery For Elephant Training in Chiang Mai, Thailand
This weekend I went to Microsoft’s neighborhood of Redmond, Washington. I really didn’t expect to find good coffee there, but I did. Kitanda Brazilian Espresso and Bakery made some amazing drinks for the Coffee Club of Seattle. Here are a few of their latte art etchings. Sources: Kitanda Latte Art Photo Gallery – From INeedCoffee […]
Here are some photos taken in Seattle today and yesterday. Got to love the clear skies. Golden Gardens Beach in Ballard Lake Union view from east Queen Anne Looking at Mt. Rainier from Madrona Kerry Park view of Seattle before sunset Kerry Park view of Seattle at sunset Photo Gallery for Clear Skies in Seattle
How did I end up in Cambodia when my original travel plans only included Thailand? It was me discovering what type of traveler I am. The thought of spending two weeks on the white sand beaches of Thailand may sound like paradise to many, but I got bored quickly at the beach. I needed a […]
Angkor Wat is the expansive temple complex in Cambodia built over a few hundred years starting in the 10th century. It is an amazing place to visit. It far exceeded myexpectations. I spent 2 days and one evening going from temple to temple and I still didn’t see it all. Besides the food and my […]
The sad history of Cambodia involves land mines. Lots of them. I read an estimate that there may still be 2 million land mines buried in throughout the country. And no one bothered to document where they were placed. As a result, people are still being killed andmaimedtoday. While in Cambodia, I saw quite a […]
While in Siem Reap, we had our driver take us out to the Floating Village. Unlike our Bangkok experience, this was not a tourist trap. It was the real deal. The Floating Village was a community of mostly fishermen living on the water. Many fled Vietnam during the war and were never allowed to return […]
On the return flight home to Seattle, I had a 12 hour layover in Seoul, South Korea. Urban hiking in 41F rain felt a lot like Seattle. Like Kuala Lumpur, Seoul has an airport which connects right into a train/subway system. I was able to get to the heart of downtown Seoul in about an […]
I just noticed I didn’t release the Return to Bangkok photo gallery. Oops. Photo Gallery for Return to Bangkok
Today I journeyed to the north outskirts of Kuala Lumpur to see the Batu Caves. It was OK. Probably not worth the trip. Oh yeah, there were monkeys everywhere. Photo Gallery for Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The adventure continues. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur late last night.This is an awesomeairport. The KLIA Ekspreshooks right into the terminal and drops you off in the center of the city, which is a 28 minute journey. Once at the center (KL Sentral)you can takea train orget a prepaid taxi. This is the slickest arrival […]
After escaping the hell known as Patong Beach, I headed for the quieter beach setting of the island of Ko Samui. Although the vendors were still pushy, it was far less than Patong. If you only have a few days to spend on the beaches of Thailand, I’d go to Ko Samui instead of Phuket. […]
The prime vacation destination for Thailand is probably Phuket. That should have been a warning. I did not care for Phuket. It was loud and the vendors were beyond obnoxious. It was probably my mistake for staying at Patong Beach. Once I got away from Patong, the rest of thePhuket was much better. Patong is […]
Besides riding elephants and playing with big cats, the other cool thing I did in Chiang Mai was take an all day Thai cooking class. I’ve been cooking Thai food pretty much every week for the past 18 months. Assuming I don’t get hit on the head and forget everything I’ve learned, my Thai cooking […]
I had a chance to get inside a cage with some cats in Chaing Mai at Tiger Kingdom. Photo Gallery For Tigers and a Lion
Shopping sign located in the Wallingford area of Seattle.
I was only able to upload a few photos. I’ll do a full trip run down later when I have more blogging time. The little Thai kid next to me is amazed at my pathetic typing speed.
I’m the one in front.
I took this photo today at the Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. The art piece is a stainless steel tree called Split. View Full Gallery
Romanesco broccoli is perhaps the coolest looking vegetable.
More Seattle exploring.
I’ve probably pulled close to 5,000 shots of espresso at home. What happened Saturday has never happened before. After finishing my espresso, I picked up the demitasse, looked inside and saw a heart. Some people see Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich, I found a heart staring back at me from my empty espresso cup. […]