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Editor's Expeditions - Olympic Sculpture Park

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton, Editor

There are many explorations that you must plan a full day around while others can be enjoyed even if you only have a few hours to spare.  A great example of this would be an afternoon lunch date at the Olympic Sculpture Park in downtown Seattle that I experienced recently.  This short getaway fit the bill perfectly on a day in which I did not have all day to spare. What a treat this place is for the city!

The park is nine acres and includes about 20 sculptures that are situated along paths that lead to the water.  Views of Puget Sound can be seen from every angle of the park and remind me of why we moved to the area…water.

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Paddling toward peace and quiet: kayaking the Sammamish River

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

For long stretches on Tuesday afternoon, the Sammamish River belonged only to me. Well, to me, an occasional dragonfly, and a few meandering ducks.

I started from the Park at Bothell Landing, where I rented a single kayak from Whats Sup Stand Up Paddle and Kayak. An employee of Whats Sup helped me board my boat and pushed me off from a small dock at the edge of the river.

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Editor's Expeditions - Farmers Market

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton, Editor

My husband and I have certainly noticed that just about every day of the week during the summer season you can visit a farmer’s market in a community or neighborhood around here.

Early in the season, we enjoyed checking out the arts & crafts, nibbling on baked goods, and purchasing a beautiful fragrant bouquet. At this time of year, however, we go for the goods.  The “goods” I’m referring to are farm fresh produce!  The end of the summer means abundance as local farmers reap the rewards of their hard work and share their harvest with all of us.

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A couple of artisans: how a Bothell duo turned an artsy idea into a blossoming business

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

“We couldn’t do this without each other,” said Harla Poage, co-owner of the Bothell-based business Maltby Metal Works. “That’s what Win always says.”

Winslow Poage, or “Win” as Harla calls him, is the other half of Maltby Metal Works. Together, the soon-to-be married couple designs and crafts unique metal and wood home decor items with Pacific Northwest flair.
Their items, all for sale on Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/MaltbyMetalWorks), include large wood and steel wall hangings featuring silhouettes of mountains or trees, brass dog tags, and other smaller home and business accents. 

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Editor's Expeditions - Alki Beach

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton, Editor

One of the reasons we moved to the Pacific Northwest is to be near the water! We especially love finding places to walk along the water soaking in the views. When we discovered Alki Beach Park in West Seattle, we found that and so much more.

The beach strip runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay and is filled with sunbathers, volleyball players, and even a few swimmers despite the cold-water temperatures in Puget Sound. 

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