Fifty Shades of Grey in the Pacific Northwest

by Nancy Mueller
( February 16th, 2015 )

Gray Northwest Sky

Fifty Shades of Grey? For as many words as there are for snow in the Inuit language, we have at least that many for the color gray here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Though we Americans usually spell the hue that lands between black and white on the color wheel as ”gray” unlike our British friends who opt for “grey.” Unless we’re talking about a movie premier, of course.

Beyond the book or film, as any true Northwesterner knows, we bask in a wild beauty of subtlety, nuance, . . . um, shades of gray in our region. From our remarkable wildlife to our natural wonders . . . From our style of architecture to, of course, our well-known cloudy climate.

For starters, we have glacier gray . . .

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier, – Juneau, Alaska

Goeduck (pronounced “gooey” duck) shell gray . . .

Geoduck Taylor Shellfish Farm

and Gray-whale gray kind of of days . . . Gray-shingle gray . . . Garter snake gray and gray-blue skies kind of gray.

Gray-blue sky

Blue-gray skies

We have gloomy gray . . .

Gloomy gray

Gray wolf gray . . . and Robert Gray sea-gray shades of gray.


Mt. Baker

How about you, wanderboomers? How many shades of grey have you found in the Pacific Northwest?

Wander on!







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NFL Super Bowl XLIX: Go Hawks!

by Nancy Mueller
( January 27th, 2015 )

Saguaro sky

While the East Coast readied for bombogenesis (the ultimate snow bomb) this week, we Seattleites have enjoyed unusually balmy weather with clear, sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s. Rain is moving in again, but overall, not a bad backdrop for our weeklong celebration honoring the Seattle Seahawks, top contenders for the NFL Super Bowl XLIX championship next Sunday.

If you’re one of the lucky 12th Man members who plan to visit Phoenix for the big game, you’ll find plenty of fun celebrations to attend throughout that city, too, this week, even if you can’t make it inside the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Super Bowl game itself. Here’s how to make the most of your stay:

Seattle Seahawks

NFL Experience (January 27th – February 1st)

For what looks like the biggest bang for your buck, a $35.00 entry fee for adults ($20. age 12 and under), gets you into an interactive theme park with games, exhibits, a photo op with the Vince Lombardi trophy, autographs with NFL players like Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (today between 5 and 7PM!), and youth football clinics.

Where: Phoenix Convention Center

For more information call 866-TIX-4NFL (849-4635) or visit

Verizon Super Bowl Central (January 28th – February 1st)

More family-friendly entertainment with free admission awaits at Verizon Superbowl Central. Covering 12 blocks in downtown Phoenix, football fans can enjoy live music and nightly fireworks, a chance to mingle with former NFL players and watch commentators at outdoor broadcast areas.

Where: Downtown Phoenix North border: Monroe Street East border: 5th Street South border: Jefferson Street West border: 1st Avenue

For more information visit Verizon Superbowl Central.

The Grand Canyon Experience (January 28th – February 1st)

Not to worry if your plans don’t include a visit to Arizona’s star attraction, the Grand Canyon, on this trip. Within the 12-block perimeter of Verizon Super Bowl Central, organizers have created a rock wall set designed with rock texture to resemble the mesmerizing monument’s natural terrain. The site includes a dramatic 20-foot waterfall and 18-foot video screen at the peak. Up to 20 novice and experienced climbers can scale the wall at a time.

Where: Verizon Super Bowl Central

For more information visit The Grand  Canyon Experience.

Skeptical Chymist: An Irish Restaurant & Pub

So where do Seattle’s 12th Man fans congregate to watch the Super Bowl XLIX game if you’re not a lucky ticket holder? Word on the street is that the Skeptical Chymist attracts the largest Seahawks’ fan base in Arizona. Celebrations begin on Thursday at 7PM, followed by a viewing of the NBC Seattle King 5 morning show from 6 – 10 AM on “Blue Friday” and a 12th Man Rally on Saturday at 7PM. Doors open at 11AM on Super Bowl Sunday. $15.00 gets you in the door, but plan your place in line because the Skeptical Chymist doesn’t take reservations.

For more information visit Skeptical Chymist.

Thanks to host Visit Phoenix for the chance to discover how the city is rolling out the red carpet to Super Bowl fans this week! If you’d like to explore all that Phoenix has to offer beyond the Super Bowl festivities, check out Visit Phoenix.

Wander on! Go Hawks!


Where will you be watching NFL Super Bowl XLIX  and cheering on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, wanderboomers?





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Sávar Luxury Traveller Set: Review

by Nancy Mueller
( January 14th, 2015 )

Savar Luxury Traveller Set

For all the fun of frequent travels, wanderboomers know that stale cabin air and stuffy hotel rooms take a toll on your skin. Add a dose of wintry weather, and your once soft, silky skin is bound to become super dry, resulting in itching and flaking. Not a pleasant picture, is it?

The solution, of course, is to hydrate: drink plenty of water, spritz water on our faces, and avoid long soaks in the bathtub. While it’s doubtful that drinking 10 – 12 glasses of water daily will result in having younger-looking skin (darn it), applying moisturizers that actually penetrate the skin can do wonders.

Enter Sávar, a New Zealand-based company promoting premium 99% natural skincare products combining the best in “nature, style and sustainability.” Enriched with pure plant extracts (like marshmallow, hibiscus and organic white tea) and oils (blackcurrent, rose, starflower, for example), the skincare products are designed to cleanse, nourish and protect even sensitive skin.

Not only was I eager to take a trial run of the Sávar Luxury Traveller Set as an alternative to relying on the lotions that I frequently find in hotels. I was also up for a little pampering, a way to create more of a spa experience simply by using luxury skincare products. While I wasn’t in need of a quick-fix skincare miracle, I did hope to have softer, more hydrated skin after applying the products consistently morning and night while on the road. If it meant ending up having more gorgeous, younger-looking skin at the same time? Well, what could be wrong with that?

My set arrived in a handsome, recyclable box with magnetic lid, complete with five travel-sized (30 ml.) skincare products: essential cleansing lotion, essential hydration moisturizer, instant boost multi toner, antioxidant night cream and nourishing body lotion. Each item is lightly scented in lockable containers so no need to worry about spillage when repacking for your flight home. As lovely as the packaging is, I only wish it had included a cosmetic-size bag in which to store the products while traveling.

After using the skincare products for a couple of months, I’m definitely a fan of the Sávar line. I loved the barely-there fresh scent and silky feel of the moisturizers and lotions on my skin. And how much younger do I look? Well . . . While Sávar may not have succeeded in making me look younger than the age on my driver’s license, in all fairness, it’s not a claim promised by company Founder-Director Vicky Woolford. But did my skin feel healthier and look more radiant after using the products? Yes. Maybe it’s the result of having more hydrated skin. Or maybe the glow comes from my smile of contentment knowing that I’m taking such good care of myself when away from home.

Thanks to Sávar for providing their Luxury Traveller Set for my review purposes.

For more information on the company’s natural skincare products and current pricing, visit Sávar.

Wander on!


What little luxuries do you pack in your travel bag, wanderboomers?

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