Stories from U.S. and Canada

Day One- Quinault

Road Trip around the Olympic peninsula A professional 3 day meeting in Settle prompted pre-meeting 3 day vacation on the Olympic peninsula. We were a bit lat making reservations for the 3 nights we had to spend on the Olympic…

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Olympic Peninsula Day Two – Kalaloch

This morning we opted for the lodge dining room. Good choice.  Linda and I shared a 3 egg omelet, with a variety of tasty ingredients and an order of French toast, with sauteed bananas, mascarpone cheese and blackberry compote. Dessert…

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Day Three – Hoh Rainforest and Sol Duc Hotsprings

Hoh Rainforest Next morning is here already. Gotta go!! Quick breakfast and down the road to the Hoh Rainforest. We got going so early we had to wait for the Ranger Information office to open. We decided to skip the…

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Smoky Mountains Day One

After 4 weekends of landscaping and lawn and garden work in May , I decided the only way to escape from all the endless projects a Master Gardener (my wife) can think up was to…. Escape. So we did some…

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Smoky Mountains Day Two

Two Sickos and Bad Knees When Aaron and Shannon showed up they both had head colds and my wife has bad knees, so hiking will be somewhat curtailed. We decided on early to bed on Friday and to sleep late…

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Smoky Mountains Page Three

Andrew’s Bald Trail Another leisurely start this morning. Big breakfast and on the road to a trail. We were headed over the Newfound gap to Deep Creek and the Indian Creek loop trail. Part way up the road a rebellion…

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Smoky Mountains Day Four

Sissy Hike and a Bear I desperately wanted to do the Chimneys today, my favorite hike in the Smokies, but no one else was up for 2 miles “straight up”. Bummer. However, we need to keep up our self image…

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Smoky Mountains Day Five (wrap up)

Coffee on the Road Not much to say about a 11 hour drive home. Just a few fun items to finish up. For coffee snobs like ourselves, you will be happy to hear there are Starbucks off 75 in Knoxville…

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Linda and John Jameson

Seattle Stop 2015

On our way to our daughter Rachel’s wedding, we stopped in Seattle to visit long time,  dear friend, Jim Carlson.  We wandered Pike’s Place waiting for Jim to get out of work then on to the Dahlia lounge for a nice…

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Oregon Coast

We landed in Portland on a Sunday afternoon and headed to the legendary Oregon coast.  We couldn’t quite force ourselves to spend the megabucks to stay right on the ocean, but we had a nice place in the town of…

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