Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Remembered

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Through the Years (4)

Recently my friend Heather called me, and in her excited hush voice she left a message on my voice mail and said, “Sherry, guess where I am at? Well, you probably know. It’s mid-April in Washington and of course I’m at the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley. But there’s hardly any tulips this year! Just small gardens.” When I lived in Washington state, almost every year since learning about the Tulip Festival, a group of my friends and I would travel about an hour north from the Seattle metro area to a small town called, Mount Vernon. The town is … Click to Read & View Photos

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Canoeing the Everglades

Everglades Aligator

Muggy! It’s that feeling that propels you to want to die because it hurts to keep on living. The air is almost too thick to breathe. Your sweat is sweating. And mysterious bugs feast on your blood. All while the sun’s rays are beating so harshly on your skin that it feels like it’s piercing right through it. This is how the state of Florida feels most of the year. And even more so in its natural wetlands, which covers much of the southwestern part of the state. This is the the Everglades. It’s not an ideal environment for those … Click to Read & View Photos

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Secluded at Spitting Caves

Spitting Caves

Hawai’i Kai is arguable the most affluent community on O’ahu, Hawai’i’s most populous and richest island. The craggy and lush Ko’olau mountains flank one side of this community, while the vast and blue Pacific ocean flank the other. Homes in this area of the island are typically in the million dollar (USD) range. But, despite being the home to the lucky 1% of the island’s residents, anyone on O’ahu can still take advantage of this area. This is because in between these beautiful mansions there are several access pathways to sandy beaches and lookout points. In Hawai’i all of its … Click to Read & View Photos

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Chihuly Garden, Color Me Beautiful

Chihuly Glass Museum6

Dale Chihuly’s glass works have for many years put me at awe. And so I was very excited to learn, when I was back in Seattle for a few months after being a away for a while, that his works is now featured in a new-ish (at least new for me) museum and garden which opened in 2012. And what better place to put it than at the foot of the Space Needle. Finally, I thought, his work have come home. Chihuly is a western Washington native whose work is showcased in hundreds of museums and establishments around the world. … Click to Read & View Photos

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Mystified in the Aspen Woods

Aspen Woods

Parts of the state of Colorado, in the high desert of the United States, is covered by these cold weather but sun craving trees. Tall and thin, they cover a lot of what is mostly barren land. During late summer and early fall, a drive through any one of the aspen forest within the state promises to be a gorgeous road trip. Most of the year the vegetation here will be sparse, but during prime time, wildlife and wildflowers will blanket much of the landscape. However, be prepared for ears to pop and headaches to occur, as this is high … Click to Read & View Photos

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Alaska’s Polar Bears

Polar Bear in Alaska

Alaska’s polar bears are a slowly disappearing breed, sadly much like the rest of the world population. But there are still several thousand left roaming and living freely in the central to northern parts of the state, which boast one of the harshest environment in the country. Though, I have yet to see them wild. And this photo, while it does appear to be in the wild, is actually a taxidermy of this creature who once roamed freely in these lands. The polar bear’s contrasting ferociousness and beauty are remarkably captured for all eternity. This taxidermy was found in the … Click to Read & View Photos

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Cruise to Alaska’s Sawyer Glaciers

Sawyer Glaciers Alaska

Although summer is over, I often reminisce on what has become one of my favorite American travel destinations of the season: Alaska. Here is the most profound place where I can view and photograph nature in its rawest form. My favorite of which to see are its glaciers, just like these Sawyer Glaciers. It’s worth all the effort. LOCATION: The Sawyer Glaciers are located in Alaska’s Tracey Arm Fjords, just south of Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. Currently this area is mostly accessed via cruise ships. The fjord itself is utterly spectacular! It is a total of 30 miles (48 … Click to Read & View Photos

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Sleepless in Seattle’s Houseboats

Seattle Houseboats

Sleepless in Seattle’s Houseboats The bustling but beautiful city of Seattle has been my home for most of my adult life. I did the math when I wrote this post, and in fact a decade has already passed since I first landed on this crafted coffee craving and grunge band making town. I was a lot more fearless back then. So fearless that I made a permanent move without even the slightest hesitation. I knew practically no one in the city. I didn’t even have a job waiting for me. My nearest relative would be thousands of miles away. And … Click to Read & View Photos

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Dothan Hails the Peanut

Peanut Plant

The National Peanut Festival is a typical American fair held every year in Dothan, Alabama similar to countless number of others all over the United States. Or, is it? Dothan, Alabama is for me a town deeply rooted in nostalgia. This is the place where my parents and I stayed at when my brother Don, got his wings and became a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot at nearby Fort Rucker. Back then we were all very proud of him, especially since he was almost the youngest in his class (someone beat him by a year and a half). It’s been … Click to Read & View Photos

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Fall at Paradise

Fall at Paradise: Sherry explores Mount Rainer to view the fall colors.

It seems like just yesterday I was wishing for summer to arrive. Now it has come and passed. And my favorite season of the year is finally here! Fall, or more officially, autumn is in the early stages of gracing the northern hemisphere with its bountiful colors and pleasant weather. My dad Leo and I welcomed the start of the season by climbing up towards the wilderness to my most favorite alpine location in the world: Mount Rainier National Park in the evergreen state of Washington. And as expected, it is beautiful! Because this park is within the “evergreen” state, … Click to Read & View Photos

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