Author Archives: TKGilb

Starvation Creek Falls

On December 18, 1884, the Pacific Express, bound for Portland, rounded a curve and plowed right into a 25-foot-high snowdrift. The train stopped dead in its tracks, stranding 148 holiday passengers and the crew. Continue reading

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NW Snapshots: Victorian Amenities at Fort Worden

I love big, beautiful, Victorian-era houses. They usually have so much more architectural detail than homes built today. So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across this little beauty in the dining room of a house used by officers at Fort Worden near Port Townsend, WA. Continue reading

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Gypsy Jazz by Pearl Django

Seattle-based Pearl Django is one of the best Gypsy Jazz groups in America. Continue reading

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Water Tower in Volunteer Park

The Water Tower rises 75 feet from the top of a small hillock at the south entrance of Seattle’s Volunteer park. Even on a day drenched with sunshine, it’s dark and foreboding like the stone keep of a medieval castle. Continue reading

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NW Snapshots: Cold Water Spring

  9/11/2012.  We stumbled upon this cold water spring while traveling along a forest service road in northern Oregon.  How many years has water been burbling down into the catch basin?  Difficult to say.  There were no signs posted on site … Continue reading

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What’s On Your BBQ?

I love the taste of barbecue. Fortunately, there are some very flavorful artisan sauces out on the market right now . . . and many of them are made right here in the Pacific NW. Three of my favorites are Big Tony Brown’s BBQ Sauce, Sweet Fire BBQ Sauce, and Bette Jo’s Sweet Creole-style BBQ Sauce. Continue reading

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Taft Beach II

Picture a long curving stretch of sand littered with driftwood. And oh, what driftwood! We’re not talking skinny little pieces you can carry home and carve into walking sticks. Most are huge logs or the trunks of mature trees with their root balls still attached. Welcome to Taft Beach! Continue reading

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Taft Beach on the Oregon Coast

Picture a long curving stretch of sand littered with driftwood. And oh, what driftwood! We’re not talking skinny little piece you can carry home and carve into walking sticks. Most are huge logs or the trunks of mature trees with their root balls still attached. Welcome to Taft Beach! Continue reading

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Sweet Taste of Summer

Run–do not walk–to the nearest fruit stand or farmers market. It’s cherry picking time in the Pacific NW. The harvest is in full swing and this year’s crop is as sweet as ever, but they won’t last long. Continue reading

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Voodoo Magic in Eugene

We were strolling through downtown Eugene, OR, recently when we passed three young men huddled around an iconic pink box full of baked goodies. Voodoo Doughnut strikes again! Continue reading

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