Garden Haul

This summer has been pretty amazing for our little garden. At the start of summer, we had plenty of peas, garlic, and herbs like cilantro, parsley, sage, dill and mint. But now we are keeping steady with pole beans, zucchini (so much zucchini), cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. It has been a real effort to keep…

The Perfect Game: 10 years later

Ten years ago today on a blistering hot West Texas night I pitched a perfect game. Everything was working: my 60mph fastball, my slider, my curve and even my nasty forkball in the dirt. It was a thing of beauty to watch. You see, 10 years ago is when I somehow convinced Veronica Sandate that…

Abandoned Lime cement plant

There are few things as fun as exploring abandoned buildings. Something about nature retaking what belongs to it is fascinating to watch. I’ve driven past the Old Cement Factory, as we call it, probably a hundred times while winding through the canyon coming out of the Blue Mountains in eastern Oregon. Growing up in Seattle…

Visiting the Blueberry park

I recently took a quick trip to visit Charlotte’s Blueberry Park in Tacoma. I’d never been before, but thought it would make a great activity for me and my “little sister.” Luckily, for those of you in the area, the blueberries weren’t quite ripe enough so there’s still time to get some! The Blueberry Park is…

A Day in St. Louis

The last time I was in St. Louis was 1993 and the Great Flood of ‘93 was underway. Our car was one of the last to cross the Mississippi as water lapped at the sides of the bridge and the famed St. Louis Arch was unreachable as the base was under water. On my recent…

Battle of Fort Davidson Historical Site

When it comes to the Civil War, the Pacific Northwest isn’t exactly dripping in history. So when I was in Missouri recently I didn’t want to pass up the chance to visit a battle site. I have visited a few battle sites along the Eastern Seaboard and those tend to consist of a big field…