At the Quinalt Ranger Station

“Were you in Vietnam recently?” he asked me, pointing at my cap with the Vietnam flag just above the brim.  He was a broad faced guy, Nordic looking and very tan, maybe in his 50’s, extremely healthy – the picture of fitness you’d expect from a park ranger. He was sitting behind the desk at …
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Caption Contest: Free to Good Home

We’ve just returned from a few days on the Washington Coast. On the way out, we stopped at the Aberdeen Farmer’s Market where we encountered this animal loving policeman trying to find homes for a batch of strays. It’s a good thing I’m allergic to cats; this little guy is exactly the kind of weird …
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Postcard: Occidental Park, 930am

Occidental Park should be grand – it’s a lovely brick plaza with big leafy trees and totem poles, but more often than not it’s a gathering place for forgotten people. The plaza is often littered with wet trash and, let’s face, it can be kind of smelly. Every now and then, it gets a nice …
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Almost Famous at Alki

This morning our house is chock-a-block with jetlagged Austrians, they’re stacked like cord wood down in the basement. (If you’ve been to Austria, you know they are very skilled at stacking. They are a stacking people, a nation of stackers. ) Last night, we took them for pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) which I swear is …
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