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My Grandparents

Posted on Fri 09 February 2018 in misc

This pics have been online for a bit. But now that the blog is up and working I wanted to take a second and share them here. My Grandfather William Durward Walters (aka Durwee), I served in the Navy aboard the USS Laffey and did a world tour. In that time the entire family: Rosemond Barnett Walters (Honey) my Grandmother, My father and his brother all visited Hawaii and lived in Guam for 2 years. Also seen in the photos are stops along my Grandfather's tour including Singapore.

Durwee's Slides

Meet Artie

Posted on Fri 28 July 2017 in Jeep Renegade

This is Artie, Artie McFartie.

This 2016 Jeep Renegade is our new adventure platform. We had a Prius when we moved back to Washington but after the lease was up, we wanted to upgrade to something capable of handling the snow and the US Forest Service roads around the Pacific NW. I've been delinquent in posting for a quite awhile but I'm hoping to be more diligent about that moving forward.

For now, say hi to Artie McFartie!

Artie McFartie 2016 Jeep Renegade

Super Bowl 50 - Cross Country Skiing

Posted on Thu 11 February 2016 in XCountry Skiing

Since Dawn and I returned from the warmth and sun of the Pacific Ocean both in Mexico and Hawai'i we really wanted to get into some snow and enjoy some seasons other than Endless Summer. January 2015 that was impossible in Washington state since we had zero snow. this winter [snow has been great. We've been renting a lot of different Xcountry gear and going a bunch of different places to see what we like and the best way to get more into Xcountry skiing.

We've already been to Lake Easton, Cabin Creek, Rainier, Methow Valley, and The Nordic Center at Snoqualmie. As always, I'll share our adventures and do geeky write ups on gear from time time because me. Super Bowl weekend we drove up i-90 and visited the Erling Skordal Trails (Crystal Springs) and Salmon la Sac.

Crystal Springs

If you've skied the Nordic Center at Snoqualmie, the flat sections of the John Wayne Trail, and are ready for something more challenging, but still well-groomed the Erling Skordahl trail system at Crystal Springs is the next place to go.

The trails have some rolling hills, some loops that go into harder areas (and some that don't) and really I think for the intermediate skier its the place to cut your teeth, especially on how to go up and down hills, feel your edges, etc. I absolutely loved it here.

It is also one of the more used places for those who are into racing so if you're a true beginner I'd go to Lake Easton or the Nordic Center a few more times. I'd suggest checking the Kongsberger Ski Club page to see if there are races going on which might impact the availability of the trails.

Salmon la Sac is one of the many Sno-Parks in Washington state that have groomed trails for Xcountry, snowshoeing, snowmobiles (skidoos for you Canucks), snow biking, dog sleds, etc. The Sno-Parks all have different rules and uses; Salmon la Sac has Xcountry, snowshoeing and snowmobiling trails.


Trails are reported to be groomed by the State's site and Snowrec.org, but on the day we went, they were not really groomed after the first mile or so and even then they were only packed down with snowmobiles. I'm not sure if that is normal, or if the big snowfalls this year have made it impossible to keep up with the grooming. Definitely not suitable for skate skiing and our traditional skis (no edges narrow for tracks) made it a litlte challenging, but we're ok with that.

After crossing the Cle Elum river the wide open trail quickly narrowed down to a snowshoe trail. With our skis in the snowshoe track and our poles on the unpacked snow, my traditional longer poles were definitely not ideal, Dawn's adjustable poles were great and are now on my wishlist.

While trail conditions were more challenging, we liked the extra workout that comes from that and we saw 2 people while were out. Super Bowl Sunday may had a lot to do with that, but it was still great to have the forest to ourselves.

P.s., I'll do a write up on the software I'm using to do those maps another time.

Changes at DeepPlaya.com

Posted on Mon 02 March 2015 in Uncategorized

Since we're not just sailors and currently living on land, I've made some tweaks to the site over the past couple of days. Mostly I changed the theme so the main site and my tech\ham W7PEA subsite look the same and are more inline with our personal tastes.


I've also been working on the Blogroll to include all my friends blogs. If you're a friend, send me your link! I want to keep up with you, work, personal, family, whatever you got. I love to keep up even when we can't be together.

More and bigger changes coming down the road, but this is a nice start.

Survey Results: Favorite Beer, Wine or Whisky Establishment

Posted on Mon 02 February 2015 in Uncategorized

Since its been a few years since we lived in Seattle I surveyed my friends about their favorite places and things in the city. This is my favorite question we asked and it was the most interesting to me. Witness had 4 votes and I've never heard of it. There was a greater diversity of locations around the city, which I think proves my friends will go great distance for good drinks!

What's your favorite beer, wine or whisky spot?

The others in alphabetical order:

Survey Results: Seattle Tourist Attractions

Posted on Fri 30 January 2015 in Uncategorized

Since its been a few years since we lived in Seattle I surveyed my friends about their favorite places and things in the city.

What is your must see tourist site?

Fremont (3) Fremont and things in Fremont were a clear cut winner, which is funny because I don't think any of my friends live in Fremont.

Fremont Wandering around Fremont The Fremont Troll Theo Chocolate Tour

Underground Tour (2)

A close second was the Underground Tour and apparently they now also have an "adult" version of the tour for the 21+ crowd. When I knew I was moving to Seattle from NJ in Junior High, I did a book report on the Underground Tour. Its a little odd now that I think about it, but there was a narrow and thin book on the Tour in my Middle School library in Mt. Laurel, NJ. I recommend the tour as well.

Two people suggested complete itineraries: Ferry to Bainbridge, ice cream at Mora, ferry back downtown timed for sunset. Best in summertime obviously. https://www.bainbridgeisland.com/ferry http://moraicecream.com/ While your there also go to Bloedel Reserve from the others list.

Bike to West Seattle, eat all the things, water taxi back across at night

The others in Alphabetical Order:

Survey Results: Every Day Restaurants

Posted on Thu 29 January 2015 in Uncategorized

Since its been a few years since we lived in Seattle I surveyed my friends about their favorite places and things in the city.

What is your favorite everyday restaurant?

The top vote getters:

Nishino was on this list as well as the Special Ocassion list. Someone in our friend group has good every-day taste.

The others in alphabetical order:

Survey Results: Special Occasion Restaurant

Posted on Wed 28 January 2015 in Uncategorized

Since its been a few years since we lived in Seattle I surveyed my friends about their favorite places and things in the city. Our first question:

What is your favorite special occasion restaurant?

Revel was most frequently suggestedalong with Crush, Canlis and Poppy and the rest are in Alphabetical order.

Playing Tourist in Honolulu

Posted on Mon 14 July 2014 in Destinations - Hawaii

We're trying to do a better job taking in the sites around Oahu. Last weekend we went to the Pacific Aviation Museum and this weekend we went to Shangr-La, Doris Duke's home and now Islamic Art Museum.

We have done a lot of site seeing and tours in our journeys and we are now 100% convinced if there is a guided tour, pay the extra and do that. We've have never once had a bad experience. The Pacific Aviation Museum has such a docent lead tour and it was great. I think it was \$10 extra, but worth ever penny. We also got a Kama'aina discount by showing our Rainbow ID Card (HI Driver's license). We didn't quite work the deal right though as we could have got one ticket for Kama'aina AND buy one get one free. Gotta figure that one out when we go back for the other exhibits at Pearl Harbor.


Shangri La was once Doris Duke's private residence, but it was also designed to be what it is now a Museum to Islamic Art. The building and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. You're  not allowed to take photos inside, but this panorama of the view to the ocean gives you a taste. This is a must see if you make it to Honolulu.


Something for the Cruiser Friends

Posted on Tue 25 March 2014 in Gear

Everyone need specialized Coconut equipment! http://www.coolthings.com/coco-jack/