Exploring Titlow’s tide pools

One of my favorite classes in junior high might surprise folks if they know me well. I would never say that science was a strong point, as I was happy to just get a passing grade in those classes. But in junior high I voluntarily took marine biology twice as an elective. For a brief…

Our garden is planted and hopefully it grows

It’s been such a cold, wet spring that I’ve been unsure when I would plant our garden this year. We finally hit 70 degrees recently, so I figured I’d take the risk of planting and hope for the best. The past two years, we’ve just stuck a bunch of seeds in the ground without really…

Tacoma’s War Memorial Park

While on a recent hunt to find new and fantastic ways to take photos of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the Olympic Mountains in the distance, I stumbled upon War Memorial Park in Tacoma. I’d often seen the narrow park and its two flag poles as a slice of it borders Jackson Street, which is…

Remodeling, the never-ending story

While some people are trying to build a wall, we’ve been trying to tear one down. Ever since we bought our house more than two years ago, we’ve dreamed of taking out the wall that separated our living room and dining room. Apparently in the 1950s they valued small, boxy rooms, otherwise the wall made…

I bought a rain barrel, am I a hippie?

I’ve been feeling a bit like a hippie lately. I drive an electric car, my wife and I have a decent-sized garden, we practice the “if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down” rule to try and conserve water in our toilet, we don’t water our lawn in the summer, and…

2016 reading list

I didn’t read as much in 2016 as I did in 2015, but I’m pretty pleased with the amount I put away at any rate. My goal each year is to read at least 20 books which doesn’t seem like that much, but life gets busy, you start hiking all the time, doing the garden,…