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 […]
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 who 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 money […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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. 😡
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“. 😉
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)
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?
Today the weather forecast for Seattle was for a 50% chance of rain. I liked those odds.
Seattle’s Lusty Lady announced it will close soon. Your puns will be missed.
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.
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
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 awesome airport. The KLIA Ekspres hooks 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 take a train or get a prepaid taxi. […]
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 Phuket 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 Chiang Mai at Tiger Kingdom.
Shopping sign located in the Wallingford area of Seattle.
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.
Romanesco broccoli is perhaps the coolest looking vegetable.
Here is a little afternoon pickup for you. This drink was made by Urban Coffee Lounge in Kirkland, Washington yesterday. For those of you outside Seattle, Kirkland is the birthplace of Costco, which uses the Kirkland name as a brand. Sources: Urban Coffee Lounge – Kirkland (Juanita) area coffee house. Stumptown Coffee – UCL uses […]
One of the things I enjoy most about Seattle is seeing what The Lusty Lady has up on their sign. Not as good as Indiana Moans and the Temple of Poon, but pretty funny.
Yesterday was a great day to visit Vashon Island. Here are a few photos. I did visit an interesting historical coffee site. Look for a post later this week on that.
I admit that when it comes to cold weather, I am a nut. I went last winter without wearing a coat for all but the 2 week snowstorm. Everyday I take a 2-3 minute ice cold rinse at the end of my shower. When it comes to cold weather, I’m special. 😉 With that disclaimer […]
Saturday morning I went out to Woodinville, Washington to check out the 21 Acres Farm. 21 Acres is a local, organic sustainable farm. About once a month they have a Sustainable Saturday, which includes a tour of the farm. I first learned about 21 Acres after seeing the movie Fresh. When the movie the ended […]
A McDonalds billboard in Belltown gets tagged brilliantly. The original phrase was “Three reasons to put PANTS on“. I like the diapers version better.
Be on the lookout for a man with a claw in Lower Queen Anne. And the one in Wallingford.
Did you know Seattle has a 2nd Space Needle? This version of the Space Needle can be found at the corner of 2nd and Bell in the Belltown area, which is just north of downtown. Details on this art project can be found on ANDIE DE ROUX – ART BLOG.
Earlier this week I found this statue hidden up off street level in the lower part of Belltown. Considering I’ve walked past this area several times before and never noticed it, I’d consider it hidden. While researching this post, I discovered it called Runners and was done by David Govedare. The best part of this […]
I got a cheap little tripod for my camera and I am very pleased. Photo “Take me to your leader!” by Flickr user shawnmebo The tripod is just $10 on Amazon and easily screws into that hole on the bottom of most compact digital cameras. I think my photos have gotten better with the tripod. […]
Well I am finally getting around to posting on my trip to New Orleans. I arrived on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday and left Thursday afternoon. This was a great way to see the city both during the chaos of Mardi Gras and the normalcy just afterwords. From 1994-1998, I lived in the Tampa Bay […]
A friend of mine emailed me a link to some free software called HUGIN that connects multiple photos into a single panoramic image. When evening arrived, I decided to test it out. I’m using a Canon PowerShot SD 800 IS. My tripod is (sadly) 3 stacked business cards. My first stitch attempt used 5 images. […]
I just finished emptying my camera of more Seattle snow photos. I’ve hiked almost 50 miles around Seattle since the snow began. This is my idea of taking a week off from lifting weights. Look at the above photo. That is my street! YouTube is being flooded with videos of people skiing, sledding, snowboarding and […]
When I woke up this morning, I had no idea that I was going to do an urban hike. I looked out the window and the snow was pouring down. Oh yeah! There would be no stock trading today. It was time to play. Armed with a digital camera, 2 bottles of water and a […]
Back when I worked for Nielsen Media Research in the 1990s, I loved Altoids. I still love Altoids, but nearly as much I did back then. During the dot-com days, I would go through almost a full tin a day. Some guys became drug addicts or had gambling problems. My vice was Altoids. Instead of […]
Just north of the Seattle Aquarium there is a fountain sculpture of a nude man reaching out to a nude boy. Maybe I can’t appreciate art, but to me this looks like a prequel to an Amber Alert. The uproar over this statue happened back in 2005.
Before you head out to see Indiana Jones 4, make sure you’ve read the listing correctly. I’d hate to see you end up at the wrong theater. Photo taken near Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.
I’ve dug around and assembled a photo gallery for my first home located on Holly Oak Lane in Escondido, California. Although I’m glad to have sold the house at the top of the San Diego market, I do miss that house. Maybe someday I’ll buy it back. The new owners put in upgraded floors and […]
This page was first assembled in 1999. From March 1994 to August 1998, I lived in the Tampa Bay area. This is my collection of Ybor City overviews and memorabilia.
The Seattle Coffee Meetup got a tour of Caffe Vita last night. They roast 2,000 to 4,000 pounds of coffee daily. Many coffee shops and restaurants use their coffee in the Seattle area. Unlike Victrola, they pre-blend their espresso prior to roasting.
Vancouver was an amazing city. Think San Diego with frostbite. Actually it’s downtown is further built out than San Diego. Despite the rain and cold temperatures, I was able to get some good photos. And I now have a new favorite coffee house: Caffe Artigiano. Great food, Clover and my new favorite drink the Americano […]
Diamond Knot Brewery in Mukilteo, Washington found a good use for an empty Anheuser-Busch keg. They converted it into a urinal. Seems fitting.
I’m back from my 12th Guavaween. Another year, another great time. The first thing I learned once I arrived in Ybor City was that the Tampa Bay Brewing Company relocated. They left 15th St and reopened in Centro Ybor next to the 20-screen Muvico. They lost their upstairs, balcony and dart boards. They gained a […]