5/8/2007 – Pacific Northwest Social Media Greatest Hits

PNW Social Media Greatest Hits

We’re back today with another look around the Pacific Northwest via the area’s social networking hashtags and accounts. I’m always impressed with the quality of photos and amazing subject matter that gets captured out there. Without further wasting time on an introduction, here they are…

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One Photo:  Bicycles Turned Into Colorful Art In Skykomish

Sometimes passing by a little example of public art is an immediate call to stop and take a picture.  That’s what happened last year when I pulled off Highway 2 in Skykomish.  There, right in front of a beautiful, orange Burlington Northern train was something even more colorful, multi-colored bicycles attached to a fence!

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know the story behind this cart project, but I admired the time and effort it took to create such a sight.

It grabbed my eye and lured me in.  And isn’t that one of the goals of almost any work of art?

Five Great Attractions Within An Easy Drive Of Olympia

Washington State Capitol

Olympia is both an important and fun destination in Washington State. You can stop there on a road trip through the area and visit the State Capitol, several museums, breweries, and all sorts of local scenic attractions. Olympia is also popular because it is located very near some great things to see and do. Here are just five of the many great things to see and do within an easy drive of Olympia

Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores is located on the Pacific coastline just west of Olympia. This beachfront community that sits on a peninsula has a lot to offer. There are tourist activities available like bumper boats, go karts, moped rentals, miniature golf, and more. The best part of Ocean Shores though is of course the beach. There is plenty of beach space to explore and stake out for yourself too. There are also miles of drivable beach too which means you can roll down the window and feel the wind off the water while you motor down the beach and find a place all to yourself. Visiting Ocean Shores for a couple of hours or more while staying in Olympia is a great idea.

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

Travel east from Olympia to the tiny town of Elbe and you’ll be able to take part in a very cool activity, the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. Here you’ll be able to climb aboard a historic train and enjoy a trip through the woods on a rail line that has been operating in the area for a very long time. The route gives you a view of many things you would never see from the road and you also get a chance to check out one of the best railroad museums in the region. There’s nothiung quite like a ride on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is located in a scenic part of Tacoma known as Point Defiance. The zoo is historic in nature which is very interesting, but what will be even better for you and anyone you’re traveling with are all the animals there. The zoo includes great examples of exotic animals from around the world. There is also a nice section devoted to animals from the Pacific Northwest. You’re sure to leave Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium trying to decide which was your favorite animal that you saw.

Johnston Ridge Observatory

Located south from Olympia by about two hours is Johnston Ridge Observatory. This important scenic sight is the best place to observe the crater of Mt. St. Helens from. You can tour the visitor center and learn a great deal about the surrounding land and the eruption that changed the geography there in 1980. You can also venture out to the viewpoint and see the hugeness of this important location up close and in person. You’ll really want to have your camera along for this. It’s something you won’t want to miss.

Ferry Ride to Seattle

With a drive of a little over an hour north to Bremerton, you can drive or walk on board and take an hour long ferry ride across Puget Sound to the Seattle Waterfront. Once there, you can hang out in the waterfront area, get a bite to eat, do some shopping, and then get back on board for another ferry ride back. While the Seattle Waterfront is great and has a lot to offer, one of the best parts about this experience is the ferry ride across the water. Relax and watch the water go by and the scenery change. There’s always plenty of activity on the water too with other ferries, sailboats, and ships active in the area. A ferry ride to Seattle is a great way to make any trip to Olympia even better.

4/25/2017 – Social Media Greatest Hits

PNW Social Media Greatest Hits

Yet another look at some of the very cool stuff that’s showing up on the many social media accounts from around the Pacific Northwest. This is a beautiful part of the country and this just keeps proving it.

Five Fun Facts About Rocky Reach Dam In Washington State

Rocky Reach Dam

Rocky Reach Dam sits just a few miles north of Wenatchee on the Columbia River. It’s a vital part of the hydroelectric dam network in the region. If you’re traveling through the area, stop there and enjoy the viewpoints, park, playground, and museum.

Here are five fun facts about Rocky Reach Dam.

From A Distance…

Rocky Reach Dam sits 215 river miles south of the Canadian border and 473 river miles above the mouth of the Columbia River where it meets the Pacific Ocean.

Location, Location, Location

After the original survey work had been done, the original planned site of what would become Rocky Reach Dam was actually approximately one mile upriver of where the dam was eventually built.

Birthday

Construction began on the Rocky Reach Dam project on October 2, 1956. Famous people who share October 2nd as their birthday with Rocky Reach Dam include Mahatma Gandhi, comedian Groucho Marx, comedian Bud Abbott, lawyer Johnnie Cochran, singer Don McLean, fashion designer Donna Karan, singer Sting, quarterback Mark Rypien, and talk show host Kelly Ripa.

Rocky Reach Dam… A TV Star

Rocky Reach Dam was featured in a 2009 episode of Dirty Jobs, hosted by Mike Rowe.

A New Lake

When water started backing up behind Rocky Reach Dam it formed a new reservoir known as Lake Entiat.

One Photo:  Who Is Watching Who In Ocean Shores?

I pulled up to the stop sign in Ocean Shores and this cute little deer stopped nibbling on the grass and our eyes locked.  I couldn’t resist the impulse and this photo had to be taken.

There’s a lot to see in Ocean Shores, Washington and the deer who wander all over the sandy peninsula are a fun little bonus.  This got me thinking later thiugh, that’s just my perspective.  What’s the deer’s view on the tourists and locals who stop to watch them or take their photos?

Silly humans, shouldn’t you be foraging for food or looking for a place to bed down for the night?!

Come to think of it, as I was running into town for a bite to eat before checking into my vacation rental, the deer and I were kind of on the same track.

Five Great Seattle Attractions Within Walking Distance Of The Space Needle

Space Needle

Space Needle

The Space Needle is one of the most popular attractions in all of Seattle. It’s so popular and well known that it is really an iconic part of the city that is recognized by travelers around the world.

Usually we focus on attractions and destinations you can reach within an easy drive. If you’re already in Seattle and visiting the Space Needle though, you might just need a list of things to see and do within an easy walk from the Space Needle. Here, we’ll give you just that.

Check out these five great Seattle attractions within walking distance of the Space Needle.

The International Fountain

The International Fountain is located just steps away from the Space Needle. This is one of those featured Seattle attractions you’ll love spending time at if you are traveling with your kids. You can grab a bite to eat from a food vendor or a local eating establishment and head over to the fountain to enjoy the show. The pattern of water changes and includes the occassional huge cannon shot of water straight up. Relax and enjoy this free entertainment option while you eat or just kick back and take in the experience. If you dare, you can venture down the ramp and run around in the water too.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Located a few blocks southeast of the Space Needle, the Olympic Sculpture Park is something you may end up enjoying even more than you think you would. Enjoy the outdoors while still being in the city as you walk the pathways and stop and take in the interesting works of art there. This outdoor art gallery is really something to see. You can also get some great views of the waterfront and Puget Sound while you are there too.

Museum of Pop Culture

The Museum of Pop Culture is another attraction that is located very near to the Space Needle. It would literally take you a matter of minutes to walk from one to the other. This museum is a little different than most you have attended. It’s set up with the goal of preserving and presenting unique examples of American culture and includes items from rock music, science fiction, horror, advertising, and more. It’s even home to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. This is easily the most memorable museum in the Pacific Northwest.

Dick’s Drive-In

Some may see it as just another fast food restaurant. Residents and regular visitors to Seattle though know that Dick’s is more of a tradition in the city. Dick’s was first opened in Seattle in 1954 and over the years grew to multiple locations and to be part of the classic Seattle experience. It offers a very small menu filled with many of the items you’d expect to find there. Dick’s is dedicated to quality though and also dedicated to its community. The Dick’s Drive-In that is located just a couple of blocks northwest of the Space Needle is the only one in the local chain that offers inside seating. Go there, have a burger, get a milkshake, and enjoy one of the classic Seattle experiences yourself.

Elliott Bay Trail

West of the Space Needle, down on the waterfront is the Elliott Bay Trail. This trail connects to the upper city and offers walkers, joggers, and bicyclists the chance to easily get down to the water and the waterfront area. Once you reach the trail from the Space Needle, you can head north and see some of the very interesting cruise ships, docks, and marinas. You’ll also be seeing some of the less frequented parts of the Seattle Waterfront. You can also head south from where you’ll be joining the Elliott Bay Trail towards the more popular part of the waterfront that features the washington State Ferry terminal, restaurants, shops, and the Seattle Great Wheel. Taking the time to walk to the Elliott Bay Trail can make your visit to the Space Needle so much more enjoyable.

Explore The Methow Valley While Staying At The Ranch

The Ranch The River Bank And Trees

The Ranch Wood Stove

Taking a road trip to a part of the northwest you haven’t been to before is a great way to set yourself up for a fabulous time. One area that is really worth exploring is the Methow Valley in North Central Washington.

The Methow Valley, home to the Methow River, is a beautiful rural area peppered with small towns and great scenery. If you love outdoor recreation, then this is the place for you. You’ll also be happy though just going on a scenic drive, visiting one of the many local communities, checking out some historical sites, or venturing off to capture some photos of some of the best scenery around.

One vacation property that really helps your time there be all that it can be is The Ranch.

The Ranch Bench

The Ranch features a welcoming and cozy decor, along with some great amenities. The kitchen is fully stocked which makes for some fun meals in your home away from home, and also helps save money rather than eating out too. If you travel with a pet, The Ranch features an outdoor enclosed pen that connects right up to the house. The wireless internet at The Ranch is a nice addition to the rural surroundings too. All of the furniture, from the living area to the bedrooms, is very comfortable too. If there is a chill in the air, the wood stove will be a nice feature that you can take advantage of too.

Outdoors, you’ll love your time at The Ranch. There are trails that head off in several directions, and some of them link up to other local trail systems. You’ll also have relatively easy access, via a trail down the bank, to the Methow River that runs right by your vacation home away from home. Kick back and enjoy the sound of the rushing water if you’d like. If you really want to, you can also splash around in the cold mountain water.

Venturing out from The Ranch will allow you to see things like the Old West town of Winthrop, the Columbia River community of Pateros, the high mountain beauty of Washington Pass and the North Cascades Highway, as well as attractions a little farther away like Grand Coulee Dam, Chief Joseph Dam, Lake Chelan, Rocky Reach Dam, and Wenatchee.

The Ranch The River Bank And Trees

If outdoor recreation is your thing, depending on what time of year you’re visiting, you’ll have choices like hiking, skiing, river rafting, water skiing, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, mountain biking, and more.

A visit to the Methow Valley can be a lot of fun and to make the most of it, you should look into staying at a great rural vacation home, The Ranch.

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The Ranch in the Methow Valley