Yayoi Kusama


If you know who Yayoi Kusama is, you know how hard it is to get tickets to see her work in America. We have been trying for what seems like forever. Everything sells out in minutes. So when I heard we could see a small sampling of her work at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City, I jumped at the chance. It was free to get in; the only catch was getting there and waiting in a line that wrapped around the building. But honestly, it was worth the wait.

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Sea Ranch,CA

During November 2017, we flew back to the West Coast for my aunt’s wedding. She chose beautiful Sea Ranch, CA and it was the perfect locale. We flew into San Francisco and drove a few hours north to get there. The drive was scenic, as it took you north, along the coast. As beautiful as it was, it was a nerve wracking drive. There were many spots on the road with no guardrails and just cliff straight down to the water. It was a very thrilling ride up, and, fortunately we had the sunlight most of the way there.

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Orcas Island and So Long Seattle


The ferry to Orcas Island was delightfully simple. We drove our car into the bottom of the boat and made our way to a sitting area. The sun was shining through the window, creating a little heated area in our booth. It was soothing.  Continue reading “Orcas Island and So Long Seattle”

Pike Place and goodbye Seattle

Our last Seattle stop was a proper viewing of Pike Place. The last time we went was the weekend, and it was crowded with people. Jules and I decided to go during the week, and there were about half the amount of people. We parked the car and explored. There were lots of restaurants and stalls set up with people seeking their wares. Food, fish, trinkets, clothing, etc.

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Today, we went to the Seattle Zoo. It was a typical zoo experience. I’m partial to the Bronx Zoo, but the Woodland Park zoo wasn’t as disappointing as other zoos I have been to (I’m talking about you Philly!). My only real complaint was that the giraffe enclosure was a little small. My favorite spot was the orangutan enclosure. It was rather large and the orangutans were not feeling all the people. It was hilarious to watch them hide from prying eyes. One put one of those giant rice bags over his head to avoid looking at humans. We spent a fair amount of time exploring around. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Continue reading “Zootopia”

Sampling Seattle Pt. 2

The next morning I had arranged a “Ride the Duck” boat tour. We had tickets for noon, so we grabbed a quick breakfast and headed back into Seattle.

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Sampling Seattle

IMG_8631After snacking on some delicious and much needed McNuggets, we entered the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop). There were some great exhibits, including the Jim Henson Experience. My childhood came to life and my dreams came true as I wandered around. Kermit, Bert and Ernie, and The Count; they were all there. You could even make your own movie with a muppet. It was heaven on earth.  Continue reading “Sampling Seattle”