Archive for August, 2012

Moon Over Orcas Island

Friday, August 31st, 2012


Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies tonight so you can see the Blue Moon: that is, the second full moon in a single month, which will not happen again until 2015. I post a watercolor of this month’s first full moon (which my daughter and I admired from Orcas Island), on August 2nd, in its honor.

It is a celestial event that seems especially significant in light of the passing on August 25th of Earth’s moonwalker Neil Armstrong—the first human being who could gaze up at the full moon and say, “I was there.”



Back to the Future

Friday, August 10th, 2012


Visiting the Frye

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Exploring Seattle.



Monday, August 6th, 2012


Our room at the Seattle B&B. Over many years of traveling I’ve developed a habit of sketching a rather skewed bird’s eye view of rooms where we stay. I apologize for the upside-down-ness, which is easier to view in a sketchbook than on screen. But maybe you have an iPad…

CakeWeddingTrish & Jason

Seattle/Pike Place Market

Sunday, August 5th, 2012


Coincidentally, this is also the day that Julia Archibold Holmes became the first woman to reach the top of Pikes Peak, in 1858. But Pike Street in Seattle is named for ditch-digger Harvey Pike, not explorer Zebulon. For a sketch and a story, please see Mountain Woman.

Bed & Breakfast Inn Seattle

Saturday, August 4th, 2012


By sheer chance I stumbled across this B&B in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, a lovely old house run by two friendly, welcoming, and helpful women who, when they weren’t making delicious breakfasts or tracking down useful information for guests, were cleaning and vacuuming like crazy. I love B&Bs because (among other reasons) there are always interesting people to meet and talk with at the communal breakfast table.

Seattle/Capitol Hill

Friday, August 3rd, 2012



Up in the Air

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


Westward Ho

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Each summer my daughter and I have a mother-daughter getaway. Usually it’s a modest three-day road trip; this July/August, prompted by a wedding invitation, we headed for Seattle and the San Juan Islands.


To be continued…