Hiking: Diablo Lake

This is a rewarding hike in the North Cascade National Park. No pass needed.

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Gluten-free in Portland

This is a guest post by my friend Darcy, who visited Portland last weekend and checked out the gluten-free food scenes over there. Below is a report of her food adventure in the City of Roses:

GF Chef 

This is gluten-free comfort food. Started by a retired couple after he learned that he had Celiac disease. They also serve Chicken and Waffles, using different flour mixes.

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Fish and chips

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Hiking: Artist Point Snowshoe

The road for the last stretch of the Mt. Baker Highway was completely clear.  The sun had been shining for the past two days. With avalanche danger being low, Monday was a perfect day to head up to Artist Point.

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Lamb Shanks in Seattle

It’s cold. It’s damp. It’s time for lamb shanks in Seattle.

Hungry Eyes Afghan Cuisine (CLOSED)

This used to be my favorite lamb shank place in all of Seattle Metro.

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Bald Eagles on Skagit River

For my part, I wish the eagle had not been chosen as the representative of this country. He is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly.”
— Benjamin Franklin

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Two weekends ago, I went to see our National Bird.
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Hiking: Annette Lake

Here in the Pacific Northwest, it always amazes me how quickly our mood shifts according to the weather – one day it was rainy and gloomy, the other sunny and uplifted. Fortunately later was the case on Saturday. And it just so happened to be the day of the Chinese Double Ninth Festival, also known as the climbing festival.

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Food Lover’s Day-trip to Vashon Island

Washington State governor declared a state of emergency last Saturday. With the forest fire spreading across the region and ashes falling from the sky, this has certainly been a VERY unusual summer!

On a separate note, in mid-July – before all the craziness – my friend and I made a food-themed day trip to Vashon Island.

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