Browns Point Lighthouse Park

While enjoying a recent Saturday off, we decided to venture to a part of Tacoma we’ve never been to – Northeast Tacoma. I’d long seen the lighthouse at Browns Point from the Ruston Way area of Tacoma – which is across Commencement Bay. It is not an attractive lighthouse. In fact, it is just an…

Bresemann Forest

I was fortunate to get to spend a week at home before starting my new job. I spent my time relaxing, organizing all the rooms of the house, rearranging furniture and of course getting plenty of Catarina time. But by Friday I really had an urge to get out of the house and spend sometime…

Tacoma’s Wright Park

  Tucked away near downtown Tacoma is one of the most magical parks I’ve ever visited. It has history, festivals, fountains, a conservatory, statues and every tree imaginable. To think when I first moved here I was told to avoid the area because of possible crime and homeless people. I’m actually happy I was warned…

A foggy visit to Yaquina Head

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, Oregon, has that name for a reason. Views of migrating whales. World class tide pools. A rock beach that makes music when the waves wash over it. A historic lighthouse that was built in 1872. What more could you ask for a weekend visit? Well, you could ask…

Playground by the Sound

As the father of a toddler, I’m starting to become quite the expert at what makes a good playground. There needs to be a variety of slides: short ones, steep ones, not-steep ones, high ones and tubes. There needs to be a variety of swings: standard, tire and baby. There needs to be at least…

Curran Apple Orchard

It may still be August, but I can feel the change in the air. The sun is setting quicker and when it finally sets behind the big pine trees in our neighborhood the air brings a chill to the darkness. We are still enduring some hot sunny days, but I know they won’t last much longer. Because eventually August will…