Author Archives: TKGilb

Brunch at Petite Provence

Sometimes you need to go out of town to discover the “hidden gems” in your own back yard. Such was the case with Petite Provence. Late last fall, I headed east to The Dalles, Oregon, in a quest to find … Continue reading

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NW Snapshots: Old Olympia Brewery

What’s that aging brick building perched, tantalizingly out of reach, on the eastern shore of Capitol Lake? Ask any of the locals in Tumwater, WA. The “old” Olympia Brewery built in 1906 has been a local icon for decades. Once … Continue reading

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The Thundering Roar of Spokane Falls II

   

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The Thundering Roar of Spokane Falls

  There are hundreds of waterfalls scattered all over the Pacific NW. But I’m pretty sure Spokane Falls is the only one located in the heart of a bustling downtown business district. The Spokane River flows from Lake Coeur d’Alene … Continue reading

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Mima Mounds II

It’s the uniformity of the Mima Mounds that is so striking. Roughly 6 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, they’re all the same–like rows of bubbles in a sheet of bubble wrap. No wonder Captain Charles Wilkes thought he had stumbled upon an ancient Indian burial ground. Continue reading

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Mima Mounds

It’s the uniformity of the Mima Mounds that is so striking. Roughly 6 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, they’re all the same–like rows of bubbles in a sheet of bubble wrap. No wonder Captain Charles Wilkes though he had stumbled upon an ancient Indian burial ground. The mounds are such an “unnatural” natural phenomenon. Continue reading

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The House That Eliza Jane Built

The Meeker Mansion is a 17 room, Italianate-style, Victorian-era home built in Puyallup, WA. Continue reading

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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad III

Fully restored McCloud River Railroad Engine #25 powers the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad’s regular coastal excursion. Continue reading

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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad II

Travelers can choose from a fully restored Pullman Coach, a covered gondola car, or an open air passenger car on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Continue reading

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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad chugs along the Oregon Coast at 10-12 mph. Lily ponds and steep forested slopes give way to sea stacks and the glint of sunshine off the waters of Tillamook Bay. Continue reading

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