Thanksgiving Eve, November 24, 1971. “Dan Cooper” (aka D.B. Cooper) boards Northwest Orient Airline Flight 305 in Portland, Oregon for what is normally a 30-minute hop to Seattle. But this is not a normal flight. After ordering a bourbon and Seven, he hands an envelope to stewardess Florence Schaffner. As the world now knows, the hijacking […]
Lavender Festival at Pelindaba Farm
Butterfly Lavender Plant Lavender lovers rejoice! Only one more month until the annual Pelindaba Lavender Festival on beautiful San Juan Island. Pelindaba Farm “Pelindaba” comes from the Zulu word meaning “a place of great gatherings.” With a nod to his South African roots, owner/founder Stephen Robins also chose a name that captures his vision of the […]
The Dalles: Family-Friendly Vacation Destination
Here’s why The Dalles, a mere 84 miles east of Portland, Oregon, gets my vote for an ideal vacation destination: 1) Spectacular Scenery Want to explore a visually stunning byway? Meander along the magnificent Columbia River as it winds its way from Portland to The Dalles, Oregon to see what I mean. Go on a cruise or […]
Whidbey Island Sunset
For this week’s Photo Friday, here’s a sunset scene from Whidbey Island, WA to carry you into the weekend. Ahh . . . You can find more fun photos at Delicious Baby. Wander on! Nancy What’s your favorite sunset memory, Wanderboomers?
Mother’s Day Hike to Swamp Monster Trail
Okay, time to dust off those hiking boots and poles and start taking to the trails! Adventurous wanderboomers in the Pacific Northwest will find plenty of hiking trails on Tiger Mountain to satisfy a variety of skill levels. But if you’re looking for an easy first hike to launch your hiking season and a popular […]
S is for Six Sunny Hours in Seattle
When the sun shines in Seattle, you want to be where the action is: anywhere near the water with a view of the mountains. One way to take in a panoramic view of the region is to head west on the 520 floating bridge towards downtown Seattle. From the bridge deck you’ll have a 180 […]
N is for Never Never Land
Girls Just Want to have Fun in Gulf Shores, Alabama In the wonderfully imaginary world of J.M. Barrie, Never Never Land (or Neverland) symbolizes a place of eternal enchantment without boundaries. Celebrating Chinese New Year in Seattle’s International District Here time slows, days become occupied with magical adventures, and residents refuse to grow up any […]
Happy Pi (Pie) Day!
Today at my daughter’s school, the math department served each student a slice of pie in math class in honor of “Pi” day, serving about 110 pies in total. That’s a lot of pie! “Pi” Day celebrates the mathematical Greek symbol ( “π”) that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. […]
Write Your Way Into a Happy New Year!
Happy 2013, Wanderboomers! My blogging friend Tele just posted about a FREE two-day New Year “Resolutions” extravaganza that’s happening at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington on January 5th and 6th. The schedule of mini-workshops kicks off at noon on Saturday with Carolyn Koehnline’s, “Clearing Clutter for a Creative New Year” (say that three times) and concludes […]
Sharpening the Travel Writer’s Saw
A seasonal shift is underway here in the Pacific Northwest, bringing cooler temperatures, cloudy skies and colorful foliage. Soon, soon enough, I’ll begin the steady retreat into silence and solitude to dream, write and reflect on my travels over the past year. But first, I have a writer’s conference to attend . . . An annual […]