Northwest weekend

This past weekend, Suzi treated me to a weekend in the Sound. We stayed in Tacoma, at the same place we’d stayed a few years ago.

We got much-needed rest and explored Point Ruston and Point Defiance Park. A ferry ride to Vashon Island sounded like a good idea.1 We visited the lighthouse at Point Robinson Park and ate in Vashon.2 On the ferry ride back, we were one of eight vehicles. There’s not a lot of people headed from Vashon Island to Tacoma late Saturday night.

The next day, we decided to head to Seattle. Somehow we ended up in West Seattle, along Seacrest Park. I’m sure the view of downtown would have been spectacular if the tops of the buildings weren’t dipping into the clouds. Since we were already pretty much there, we stopped by the Alki Point Lighthouse, then headed back downtown where we caught a larger ferry to Bainbridge Island. We walked downtown, exploring a cool little bookstore, some fun little shops, and the local art museum. After eating, it was time for the drive home.

Thank you, Suzi, for a fun birthday weekend!


  1. Did you know that people just sit in their cars on ferry rides? That’s like not looking out the windows when riding an airplane. Some people… ;-) 
  2. After deciding not to wait 3 hours (!) for a table at May Kitchen. Seems a reservation there is a good idea. 

My favorite photos of 2016

At the end of every year, I review the pictures I’ve posted here and select a few I’m most proud of. This year is no exception.

Enjoy!

And one animation, for fun. :-)

Do you have a favorite?

Update. Like last year, there’s a site that generates a collage of an account’s nine most liked Instagram pictures. Also like last year, there’s virtually no overlap1 between the pictures I’m most proud of here and my Instagram #2016bestnine pics.


  1. Okay, last year there was no overlap; this year one picture is in both sets. Alright, Gilly in the tall grass! To be fair, I don’t post many picture on both sites.