When a “Secret” is Too Good To Keep…

Every once in a while those “spur of the moment” ideas pan out pretty well. Like The Oregon Garden. We visited there recently on a fluke. Located about 20 miles east of Salem, The Oregon Garden is easy to miss. Don’t. Because I’ve been to downtown Salem. Ditto the Capitol Building. If you haven’t visited … Continue reading When a “Secret” is Too Good To Keep…


UNWIND: Celebrating Great Outdoors Month!

Woo-hoo! It’s June and it’s GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH! Are you as excited as I am? Here are 15 easy ways to celebrate Great Outdoors Month in the Pacific Northwest! Visit Mount Rainier National Park. Don’t make me explain this. Hike to Comet Falls. Spray Falls. Silver Falls. Myrtle, Narada, Ranger, or Chenius Falls. Carter, Madcap, … Continue reading UNWIND: Celebrating Great Outdoors Month!

Funky Astoria Restaurant Offers Big Taste, Bigger Views

The Wet Dog Okay, okay. This funky little restaurant hugging the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon isn’t “The Wet Dog” café anymore. But we’ve been eating at this place for so many years, we still call it “The Wet Dog.” Even with the recent name change. It’s now the “Astoria Brewing Company.” Why has it … Continue reading Funky Astoria Restaurant Offers Big Taste, Bigger Views

The Best Campground at Mount Rainier?

Summer will be here before we know it and campground reservations will soon be at a premium! Because I've spent more than half a century exploring and enjoying the glory and grandeur of The World's Most Magnificent Mountain, Mount Rainier, . (people sometimes ask, "What's The Best campground at Mount Rainier?" Answer: That depends. National … Continue reading The Best Campground at Mount Rainier?

UNWIND: The Secret to Fishing

My fishing line carved out a perfect arc in the thin morning air, flung out the Panther Martin, and cratered a few inches below the jade-green surface of Rush Creek. I sat, cross-legged, on the grassy creek bank beneath fluttering aspen and an achingly blue Sierra sky, waiting for a brown trout to bite. As … Continue reading UNWIND: The Secret to Fishing

UNWIND at This Primo Peninsula Restaurant

Perched on the south shore of Lake Quinault, The Salmon House isn’t particularly well-known outside the immediate vicinity. But this ‘diamond on the rough’ of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula features a relaxing ambience, cozy fireplaces, friendly service and great food. Menu Though limited, The Salmon House menu is adequate. Salmon, steak, chicken and pasta dinners are … Continue reading UNWIND at This Primo Peninsula Restaurant

UNWIND at This Cozy Mountain B&B

Looking for a quaint, cozy place to stay near Mount Rainier National Park that won’t burn a hole in your wallet? Check out Mountain Meadows Inn Chalet Suites. Our #1 favorite near the park, Mountain Meadows B&B is located in Ashford, just a few miles from the Nisqually Entrance to the park. Mountain Meadows Inn … Continue reading UNWIND at This Cozy Mountain B&B

A Face Lift & ‘The Five’

Zuzu’s Petals is about to get a face-lift. The new look will fall somewhere between Pantsing and Planning. Like this: There are two basic types of writers or bloggers: 1) Pantsers and 2) Planners. Pantsing or Planning? Per WritMo: “Pantsing” (also known as winging it) is the term Wrimos use refer to writing without a … Continue reading A Face Lift & ‘The Five’