One Neighborhood, Two Adventures

West Seattle One It began and ended with barking sea lions. They were hanging out on a barge and yammering for all their worth. We imitated their cry, but could not master the technique of throwing our voices across the water. I guess that is not the life for us. The loop around the point…

Crossing the Bridge as We Come to It

The SR 520 Bridge opened for shared use in December so, of course, it went on the Urban Hike list. I missed my opportunity in 2016 with Cascade Bicycle Club’s Emerald City Ride, which traversed the 520 AND I-90 bridges. I mistakenly thought the ride was a celebration of the opening of 520’s shared use…

Yes, it is an urban hike

What makes an urban hike successful? Is it when we reach the destination? Is it when a  mileage is hit? After a certain rainy day and a difficult mountain, I have been pondering this question. Often, there is a goal, and, occasionally, that goal is missed. In these cases, has the urban hike failed? Or,…

Rained Out

Rained out, that is one thing that had never happened to our adventurers until Saturday. We were all set with snacks, hot beverages, and waterproof shoes for Diagon Alley in Ballard, but it was rainy (not drizzly) and just plain cold. Instead, we decided to do a long park loop and here is what we…

A Full Fall

I’m back from a long hiatus of writing! Where I have been on foot and bike: Port Gamble Kitsap Peninsula Bremerton Island’s Blackberry Festival Bainbridge Island’s Grand Forest Tacoma, WA The middle of Ohio Twice Sold Tales Blue Highway Games The Secret Beach  Friends of the Seattle Library Used Cookbook Sale The highlight of fall…

Blackberry Festival on Bremerton Island

In urban hike style, Homsey and I decided to take the ferry to Bremerton Island. The fast ferry does not operate on weekends, so we took the normal, one hour ferry. I brought The New Yorker and caught myself up to the current issue while Homsey took a nap. Somehow, I find that being on…

End of Summer Updates

First, a note from PowerBar: “You’re stronger than you think.” Team Awesome finished top three in our triathlon. The runner was responsible for our numbers and timing chips… and showed up ten minutes before my wave. By then, the cyclist and I had formed a backup plan: I would swim and run. Thanks to my…