Monday, December 25, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

Co-ordinated


La Connor, Washington is so immersed in art, that drivers even park their cars in such a way as to complement the storefronts...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

La Connor

The waterfront of La Connor, Washington...
La Connor, Washington with the ever present Mt. Baker in the distance...
Not far from Anacortes, is the art-centric community of La Connor on the Swinomish Channel. Don't let the French-sounding name confuse you... there's a unique story behind that that you can read here.

It's a charming, picturesque town with numerous art galleries that appeal to all tastes -- high end to kitsch. Indeed, the town incorporates art into its public spaces.

One end of town is marked by the Rainbow Bridge -- how's that for a colourful name?

La Connor's distinctive bridge over the channel...
La Connor's scenic bridge...

Monday, December 18, 2017

Anacortes

An Anacortes oil refinery is overlooked by Mt. Baker in the distance.
The strange beauty of an industrial setting...
Returning to Victoria from our Oregon and Washington adventure, we decided to return via the Anacortes to Sidney ferry, instead of the usual Coho ferry from Port Angeles.

We spent a couple of nights camping outside Anacortes. Across the bay from our camp site, we could see an oil refinery, framed by Mt. Baker in the distance. In the warm orange glow of a setting sun, it had a beauty all its own.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls near North Bend, Washington...
The falls of Twin Peaks...
The opening credits of 1990 series Twin Peaks were iconic. Angelo Badalamenti's dreamy opening song played over bucolic scenes of a misty Pacific Northwest town, establishing a comfortable intimacy between viewers and this strange community.

One of the scenes was of an impressively tall waterfall which I later discovered to be Snoqualmie Falls, not far from North Bend. At 270 feet tall, it is nearly 100 feet tall than Niagara Falls.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Keeping things glass-y

Crazy shapes and vivid colours on display...
Glass in the strangest shapes that you can imagine...
At the base of the Space Needle, you'll find Seattle's Chihuly Garden and Glass, a museum that features the works of glass artist Dale Chihuly. You can read more about him here.

The pieces on display are visually striking... all fluid shapes and vivid colours. I cannot even begin to imagine how these works were conceived, or the processes required to bring them to life. It's well worth visiting if you get the chance.

Huge glass flowers overhead in the museum...
An example of the impressive glass work...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter surf

Not all surfers are young dudes...
Some surfers come with grey hair...
Surfing is usually associated with buff bodies and board shorts, sandy beaches below sunny blue skies.

On Vancouver Island, the best surfing comes with the grey skies and storms of winter. The cold water temperatures require that you wear a wet suit year round.

The first winter storm of the season a month ago attracted surfers by the dozens to Jordan River.

Wet suit surfing...
Cold weather surfing...

Friday, December 8, 2017

Things that make you go "Hmmmm"

Mugs commemorate the Emerald City... and they are red!?
"What the...? Fire Carl in marketing!
I saw these in the gift shop at the base of the Space Needle.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The view up here...

Seattle skyline...
Seattle's Lego-block style wall of waterfront buildings...
Seattle's wall of waterfront skyscrapers seen from the top of Seattle's Great Wheel...

Meanwhile, off in the distance, Mt. Baker looms large...

Peaks and curves...
Seattle's King Dome and Mt. Baker compete for attention...



Monday, December 4, 2017

Up

The gondolas of Seattle's Great Wheel...
Seattle's Great Wheel in action...
Seattle's waterfront ferris wheel didn't exist when we last visited the city so it was on our to-do list this time around.

It's officially known as Seattle's Great Wheel. Riders are carried up 175 feet into the air in large air-conditioned gondolas.


Seattle waterfront...
The Great Wheel overlooks the waterfront...

Friday, December 1, 2017

The bluest skies you've ever seen / The hills of greenest green...

Seattle's iconic Space Needle...
The Space Needle reflected in MoPop's metallic exterior...
... are in Seattle. So sang teen heartthrob Bobby Sherman in the late 1960s in the theme for TV series Here Come the Brides!

In reality, the skies over Seattle are more often grey and overcast, and you often can't see the greenest hills for the rain for a good part of the year.

Nonetheless, Seattle is one of our favourite cities to visit. It's small enough that most of the major tourist attractions are easily accessible via public transit.

We took in the famed Seattle Space Needle. Unfortunately, another popular attraction The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPoP) was closed for a private event.