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The Bite Of Seattle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Prohl    Tuesday, 29 July 2014 07:03

The crowd settles in

(The crowd settles in)

What exactly, you ask, is the Bite of Seattle? Although the name conjures visions of some 1950’s sci-fi film with a giant octopus devouring half the city, no, that isn’t it. Neither is it a tale of yuppy Northwest vampires sinking their fangs into tourists (hmm, I think I see a screenplay materializing here.) No sirree, the Bite of Seattle is, simply put, one of the nation’s largest food festivals, a three day eating extravaganza held annually on the third weekend in July.

International Fountain in the middle of it all

(International Fountain in the middle of it all)

What began as a modest event in 1982 on the shores of Green Lake featuring about twenty-five food booths, has now evolved into a sprawling, complex, multi-faceted affair covering most of Seattle Center grounds. It’s a simple idea, really. What could bring together a couple of hundred thousand people to one crowded place all united in one common goal? The answer is obvious: FOOD! Everybody has to eat and as anyone with the gift of sight can attest, your average oversized American loves to (over)eat.

What to eat first? Too many choices!

(What to eat first? Too many choices!)

 
Hiking in Washington #5: Chinook Pass and the Naches Peak Loop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Prohl    Monday, 30 June 2014 09:53

Mt. Rainier from Highway 410 near the Sunrise turnoff

(Mt. Rainier from Highway 410 near the Sunrise turnoff)

Much like my last article on hiking in Washington – #4, Crystal Lakes Trail – Naches Peak is another of those easily accessible, sometimes overcrowded but absolute must-do hikes in the general vicinity of Mt. Rainier National Park (MRNP).

Getting there is easy enough on Highway 410 around the east side of MRNP. Go past the entrance road to Sunrise and continue up to Chinook Pass, doing your best not to plunge off the curvy, no-shoulder, sheer dropoff highway to a horrible death as you ogle the stunning views of Mt. Rainier. Better to just pull off the road at one of the wide spots, get out and take your photos along with every one else, then jump back in your car, put on your blinders and head up the last few miles to Chinook Pass.

View from Highway 410 almost to top of Chinook Pass - keep your eyes on the road, if you can

(View from Highway 410 almost to top of Chinook Pass - keep your eyes on the road, if you can)

Chinook Pass is a destination worth traveling to in itself. At 5,400 feet in elevation it is traditionally the last of Washington’s high mountain passes to reopen in the spring. This year it was almost ready for traffic in the middle of May when another round of late spring snow delayed the opening until Memorial Day weekend. Usually by some time in October it will be snowed under and closed again until the following spring. Sometimes it seems a little crazy to spend so much time, manpower and effort to maintain a highway which is only in use four months of the year.

East side of Chinook Pass, Naches Peak on the left

(East side of Chinook Pass, Naches Peak on the left)

 
Journey to Brazil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Prohl    Friday, 30 May 2014 07:49

Rio de Janeiro at night

(Rio de Janeiro at night)

As this is a travel site, I have to say right off that this article’s title is more than a little misleading, so in the interests of full disclosure let me set the record straight: no, I haven’t been to Brazil. Not lately, not ever, and I’m not planning on going anytime soon. But…a lot of people are headed there in the next few weeks to experience not only what Brazil offer to travelers all the time – the beaches, the parties, the itsy-bitsy bikinis – but something very particular that only happens every four years. Yes, I’m talking about the soccer World Cup 2014, the biggest sporting event on the planet, the solar system, maybe the whole damn universe for all we know.

Beaches and futbol, two of Brazil's most famous attractions

(Beaches and futbol, two of Brazil's most famous attractions)

World Cup 2014 kicks off on June 12 in Sao Paulo with hosts Brazil taking on Croatia, and the tournament will finish one month and one day later on July 13. No one knows now, of course, who will be playing in that championship match, but if one of the two finalists is not Brazil, you can be certain this will constitute a national tragedy of epic proportions for every Brazilian futbol fan, which is basically the entire population of 200 million people.

The fabled Maracana stadium in Rio, site of 2014 World cup Final

(The fabled Maracana stadium in Rio, site of 2014 World cup Final)

 
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