Annapolis Maryland

Maryland state house

A Short Annapolis History A group of Puritan families founded Annapolis Maryland in 1649 and named it Anne Arundel Town. Shortly after, it became the capital of Maryland. The town’s initial street pattern was laid out across 100 acres in 1674. The town assumed its current name in 1695 and was chartered as one of [Read more …]

Mendocino California Hikes and Parks

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Mendocino is a small unincorporated area on the northern California Pacific coast. It has breathtaking views. While it is neither a town nor a city, we will refer to it as a town for simplicity. The lovely town and its headlands have been designated a National Historic Area and are well worth spending some time [Read more …]

Exploring Santa Cruz California

Santa Cruz boardwalk merry go round

Santa Cruz Santa Cruz is a town located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about an hour south of San Jose. It is known primarily for its beach, its surfing, and its university. It has plenty of places to stroll, relax and people watch. The Beach Boardwalk is home to an amusement area with [Read more …]

A Retrospective of the Paintings of Joan Mitchell

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The SFMOMA retrospective, Joan Mitchell San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) currently has an exhibit on Joan Mitchell (September 2021 – January 2022) called Joan Mitchell: A Life Lived through Color. It traces the evolution of her art over 50 years from 1940 through her death in the 1990s. Abstract Expressionism Joan Mitchell was [Read more …]

Mendocino California Restaurants–Updated 2021

We love good food with fresh local ingredients. If you are looking for a place to eat in the Mendocino California area, you might want to check out some of our favorite places. And you can tell, we return to our favorites time and time again. Wild Fish Wild Fish is a short car ride [Read more …]

Seattle Washington Hotels

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This post is a compilation of the hotels we have stayed at in Seattle Washington over the years. W Seattle 2021: We used our points to stay at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle for our 5-night stay (when you use points, you get the 5th night free). The hotel is very conveniently located 1 [Read more …]

Seattle Restaurants 2021 Update

Seattle Port

We always enjoy finding good restaurants wherever we travel. This post is a summary of the restaurants we have visited in Seattle throughout multiple visits. Anthony’s Pier 66 2021: Our Seattle friends told us Anthony’s Pier 66 was a tourist trap but we decided to go anyways and are glad we did. First, we had [Read more …]

Seattle Museums

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Seattle has some interesting museums that one can visit. On our 2021 visit to the city, we took advantage of some current exhibits. Seattle Art Museum (SAM) The Seattle Art Museum has almost 25,000 works of art dating from antiquity to the present. On our 2021 visit to the museum, it was showcasing a Monet [Read more …]

Olympic National Park

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The Olympic Peninsula is a scenic peninsula just east of Seattle Washington. It is filled with steep, glacier-clad mountains, a conifer rain forest, rushing streams, and waterfalls. Most of its area is wilderness and devoted to Olympic National Park. In its million acres, the park contains three primary, ecologically interlinked ecosystems: mountains, rainforest, and lakes [Read more …]

Port Townsend Washington

Jefferson County Courthouse

The Olympic Peninsula is a scenic peninsula just 2 hours east of Seattle Washington. It is filled with steep, glacier-clad mountains, a conifer rain forest, rushing streams, and waterfalls. Most of its area is wilderness and is devoted to Olympic National Park. We began our trip to the area with a stop to one of [Read more …]