The Seattle area is large enough that there are regular college fairs where throngs of potential students and parents wander aisles of a cacophonous hall of the Washington State Convention Center, seeking out schools they’ve possibly heard of and picking up brochures from (usually local) alumni volunteers.  While the volunteersRead More →

Finding a time that all of the family schedules line up, and is not so last-minute that activities are sold out or excessively expensive, led to an over-accumulation of vacation time at the end of the year.  As I’m less a fan of “losing vacation time” than “vacationing in winter,” I’dRead More →

In the dark world the natives call “January in Seattle,” I was pining for a week-long bike ride as a “carrot” to entice myself to get back to riding.  I’ve covered a lot of great spots in Washington, but was looking for something different.  That something different – but notRead More →

Though it is definitely not something I’d ever want to have lunge out of someone’s yard and start chasing me when I’m on a bike ride, the T.Rex at the Chicago Field Museum was a lot smaller than I had imagined.Read More →