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Author Archives: Curtis

The Monterey Bay Peninsula

Sitting on the dock of the bay… Otis Redding’s classic hit was playing in my head as we headed south on Interstate 5 for the San Francisco Bay area. We decided to take an impromptu road trip to Carmel, California, for a few days to check out the area and get relief from the cold … Continue reading »

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Spring in Washington State

Tip toe, through the tulips… It’s that time of year again. We all start to quietly ask ourselves why we live here. The rain has not stopped since November and even us weather hardened Northwesterners are thinking of migrating south for sunnier climates. Everyone’s daily wardrobe consists of Gortex. Muddy shoes and pant bottoms have … Continue reading »

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They are real!

The Mythical Moose Not a moose, a racoon. As crazy as it may sound, I was beginning to wonder if moose were real or just a clever Canadian joke on gullible Americans. Usually, I am not a conspiracy theorist (the American moon landings did happen and there was only one shooter on the grassy knoll), … Continue reading »

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And the Winner is…

Election Anxiety Now that the smoke has cleared and the dust settled, Americans are coming to terms with the 2016 presidential election. In what is probably the greatest political upset in U.S. history, Donald Trump bested Hillary Clinton. No matter which side you were rooting for the election result was a surprise for most people. … Continue reading »

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In Search of the Best Mocha Latte

God must love us because he gave us the coffee bean.   We Pacific Northwesterners love coffee. After all, Starbucks was founded here in Seattle in 1971. Thanks to our obsession with the delicious brew, there are now 23,000 Starbucks coffeehouses worldwide, with 560 in Washington State! Seattle boasts 142 alone. That is one for … Continue reading »

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Re-Visiting Wonderful Victoria, BC

Happy Anniversary! Mishele and I just celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary! Actually, we started dating 26 years ago. Amazingly, she has put up with me for that long.   We decided to treat ourselves to a short family adventure, but without the whole family (ie. no kids). We even left the dog, Albie, behind, which … Continue reading »

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Keeping the Family Tradition

Congratulations Elijah! Elijah kept the family tradition alive by winning the 2016 Great Kilted Run in Seattle last Sunday! He took first place overall, not bad for 14 years old. His older brother, Aaron, won the same race back to back in 2012 and 2013. Elijah wants to win the race again to at least … Continue reading »

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The Great Kilted Run 2016!

Calling all Highlanders! It’s back! After a two year hiatus, the Great Kilted Run has returned to Seattle. Start warming up, iron your kilt, and get in the Highlands spirit for August 28th! This unique 5K is held in Magnuson Park near Sandpoint just north of the University of Washington. The Wild Smithberrys have run … Continue reading »

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The Owl Whisperer

Volunteering is good for the community and you. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  ~Anne Frank For the past month and a half I have been volunteering weekly at the Northwest Raptor Center in Sequim. In these weeks I have rocked owls to sleep, … Continue reading »

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Top 10 Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest!

“In Washington for the next three weeks, hopefully I don’t go insane from boredom!” That’s an actual post by a friend of mine from the Academy, disagreeable about their summer training assignment. As a Midshipmen, once a summer it’s required we are stationed with a ship for four weeks with an enlisted “running mate” in … Continue reading »

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