When a friend mentions he owns oyster beds on Little Skookum inlet, near Shelton, I’m dubious. “We could camp out and eat as many oysters as we want.” says the Doc, a retired plastic surgeon. Continue reading On the beach: grilling oysters
I see several people slip. No matter. My hiking poles will keep me up. In seconds I’m on my ass–wondering what happened–hoping I didn’t break something. Winter hiking can be very dangerous. Continue reading Winter hiking: a tale of caution
After seeing a residence more beautiful than his own, Louis XIV confistcated it, emprisoned its owner, and readministered the entire design team to work on Versaille. Today, hordes descend upon that famous château. But its originator may be more spectacular. Continue reading Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte: the unknown Versaille
Almost no one made a vintage Champagne in 2003 due to unfavorable conditions. Krug did. And, it illustrates what kind of game they play. Best Champagne ever? So far. Best wine ever? Possibly. Continue reading Krug 2003: perfection from destruction
“Would you drive over 180 miles just for a meal?” I’m asked, incredulously.
“Depends on the meal.” Continue reading Driving 180 miles for dinner
Plenty of time to make Oyster Dome by sunset. Except my research and calcs are erroneous. It’s a whopping 5.3 miles, with over 4,000′ elevation gain, each way. Yikes. If I want to make it to the Dome before sunset, I’ll have to hike over 3MPH up serious grades. Continue reading Samish Bay sunset slog
Alcatraz Island has intrigued me since seeing Clint Eastwood trying to escape from it. Today, hordes of tourists are clogging the waterfront for Fleet Week. Time to escape the crowds to the Island. Continue reading Escape to Alcatraz