Best Spots for Urban Kayaking in Tacoma

When you picture the ideal spot for kayaking, what comes to mind? An isolated river or lake in the woods? Or on an urban waterway surrounded by bridges and skyscrapers? When we got our kayaks last winter, I couldn’t wait to try them out somewhere totally new — my own backyard. Tacoma is a peninsula,Continue reading “Best Spots for Urban Kayaking in Tacoma”

City of Destiny

They call it the City of Destiny or the Gritty City. It is a city of contradictions, loved and despised, where 19th century steeples share the skyline with 20th century smokestacks. A blue collar city choked in paper mill chemicals and cleansed by saltwater breezes. A city of potholes and community gardens. The second city,Continue reading “City of Destiny”

Getting Lost in Tacoma

I’ve always been good with directions. I can orient myself almost anywhere and I usually only need to go somewhere once to memorize the route. But my new home is proving more difficult to navigate. The city is more or less a grid, full of numbered streets that should be easy to figure out, yetContinue reading “Getting Lost in Tacoma”

Five Million Pixels

I was lucky to start my year with a week in the Puget Sound around Seattle, Tacoma and Gig Harbor, going to museums, walking on pebble beaches and getting lost. I could tell you what I saw there, but this time, I think I’ll show you instead. — 30 — I’m a writer and photographerContinue reading “Five Million Pixels”