Entries in travel (5)


Seattle Rising

Having lived here for 22 years, I've seen a ton of changes in the area including two new sports stadiums, a loss of a pro basketball team and traffic galore.
Enjoy this structural rise of Seattle. (H/T Geekwire)



We recently returned from a cruise to SW Alaska. It was the first time both to Alaska, and on a cruise ship. We left a beatiful Sunny Saturday in Seattle and knew within a few days we'd be experiencing March in Seattle. Why did we go to Alaska when Seattle was in full summer bloom? Some photos will help.

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2012 Tour de France

My wife went to Amsterdam a few weeks ago. I, thinking it would be a quick round trip, didn't go with her. On the final day of her trip, I get a call, "guess where we're going tomorrow? Liège!" She and few others would be taking the train to Belgium for the start of Le Tour de France. There was no way of knowing they'd go before she left, but she did manage bring back some goodies and some photos posted below.

The 2012 TDF has been fun to watch and also witness a new breed of (mostly clean) cyclists come to the fore. The racing is much different, but exciting nonetheless. Bradley Wiggins and the SKY racing team have dominated since taking over the Yellow Jersey from Fabian Cancellara and BMC after the first week. They are arguably the two best teams there this year. The Brits should also do well in the 2012 Olympics given their TDF successes thus far.

Next year is the 100th running of the TDF and it would be cool to see it up close. Vive le Tour.


Bradley Wiggins warming up before the first TT                             BMC Team Car


I'm Dreaming of a White...

...Birthday! It came a little early this year (not like it needed to). If I could have a present like this each year, then bring on more birthdays, early and often. Following her normal modus operandi (generous and loving), Amy got me the best present a skier could ever want — Heli-skiing at Whistler.

This is my second time and conditions were perfect. While not deep powder, the snow was soft and plentiful on a bluebird day. The POV video gives you a feel for the "heli" experience — heli–good!
While watching any video on this site, press the button on the video player after starting to watch full-screen. ATD


It's All Uphill From Here

The race was over an hour, so I've time-lapsed the middle, and you can scrub the timeline to 2:45 and/or 3:20 to get on with it. WARNING: POV video is a bit "busy" and may cause dizziness.

Each Fall, since 2004, we've been traveling to Boise, ID to do the BB HC race that our friend Jeremy introduced us to. While only 16 miles, it's fast and has an elevation gain of 3K feet and doesn't let up until the last mile. This year, I decided to wear my helmet cam to record some of the action (from my POV). Next year, I'll mount it on my bike making it easier to watch. Enjoy! ATD