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Day Visit at Snoqualmie Falls

It’s a great place to view the waterfalls year round or during the autumn and winter months with raging water at Snoqualmie Falls.  Jesse Tam, an easy drive approximately 30 minutes east of Seattle and Bellevue’s eastside.  It is one of the most popular scenic attractions in Washington.  More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year.

Wear comfortable shoes, bring a packed lunch and enjoy the trail to the lower waterfall.  Stop into the lodge and experience the northwest features of rustic relaxation.  Sit back and view the amazing waterfall from the lodge dining room and more.  It’s a great meeting facility with a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city traffic and noise.

View the photos and story during a summer day at the falls  via Beautiful Day at Snoqualmie Falls

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Year Round Travel Destinations

Year round weekend destinations for out-of-town friends or locals, Jesse Tam.  Looking for a weekend escape or getaway in the Puget Sound area.  Seattle and Bellevue destinations take you to islands, forests, mountains or places remote.  Here are some suggestions to relax and it’s only a short drive from home.

These destinations make great Seattle getaways, whether you’re looking for a short mini-vacation or even an ambitious day trip.

These destinations are only 2 hours drive away from greater Seattle and Bellevue.

  • Bainbridge Island
    Lots of waterfront, Winslow’s walkable shopping and dining district, and lovely parks and natural areas are at a premium here.
  • Bellingham
    There’s so much to see and do in Bellingham, you can have equal amounts of fun visiting for a weekend or for an entire summer.
  • Birch Bay
    Get that remote waterfront feeling just a short drive away from the full range of visitor amenities
  • Lake Quinault Lodge
    Take a relaxing step back in time at this idyllic lakefront lodge adjacent to Olympic National Forest.
  • Leavenworth
    Washington’s Bavarian-themed mountain escape offers fun and frolic for the active and fo
  • San Juan Island
    Exceptional island scenery, bountiful local cuisine, and outdoor recreation on land and water
  • Suncadia Resort
    Upscale resort community on the sunny side of the Cascades

Plan ahead during the summer months and events.  Jesse  https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

National Park Discover Pass

National Park Discover Pass, Jesse Tam. There’s a few days remaining to obtain the Discover Pass  for Seniors before the price increase.  There are 417 national parks in the US and if you’re 62 or older, $10 will get you into all of them for the rest of your life.  Senior pass is a great way to see the national parks and save on entrance fees prior to rate increase from $10 to $80 starting August 28.  Get the pass at the NPS station or apply online with a service fee.  Here’s more info to get pass online  https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass

Congress approved the National Park Service Centennial Act in December 2016, which raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services.  The senior pass requires US permanent residents or citizen.  Great time to begin the journey and to explore the outdoors and trails in our region.

The best time to see new places and plan for a day trip, weekend get a way or longer road trips and visit campgrounds and our National Parks region.  Check out the programs, visitor centers and ranger trail hikes before you go.

Thanks for reading, Jesse   https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

 

Seafair Parade

Seafair Parade is here, Jesse Tam.  It’s the summer time gathering for the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade on July 29 starting at 7:30 pm.  View the marching bands, floats, balloons, clowns and dance in celebration of Seattle  The event is free and great for families of all age groups.  Reserve seating is also available for purchase.

The parade will start from the Seattle Center along Mercer Street.  Come early and join the FanFest and explore the exhibit booths, food vendors and the Blue Angels balloon. The route starts at the Seattle Center (4th & Broad Street) on 4thAvenue and ends on South Washington Street.  http://www.seafair.com/p/schedule/299

Join the fun along the route on 4th Avenue and bring your chairs to enjoy the festivities.  

It’s a great community event for those marching and all participants involved with Seafair.  Thanks for following  Jesse  https://jessetam.com/

 

Slip Away to the Pacific Northwest

Slip Away to the Pacific Northwest by Jesse Tam.  Summer is a terrific  time to slip away and discover the Pacific northwest with a scenic drive from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Take the coastal route along US 101 which is more relaxing and enjoy the Sea Lion Caves, Lighthouses, Seaside and more.  Interstate 5 (I-5) is and easy drive if you are have only a few days to discover the city highlights.

A favorite place to relax and enjoy the Seattle summer outdoors is at Lake Union with the boats, dinning, festivals and just view of the city.  Walk along the dock and see various types of boats at the moorage slips or bring your boat and park at one of the docks and dine in one of the fine restaurants for a fantastic fresh seafood catch or simple happy hour.

The beautiful waters of South Lake Union with Seattle Space Needle and city view towards downtown.  There will be plenty of cranes in the skyline with construction and growth in the region.

Thanks for reading, discover new places.  Jesse  https://jessetam.com/

Seattle Evening Farmers Market

The Emerald city summer days are filled with activities, Jesse Tam. Start planning your visit.  Whether you are a tourist in Seattle/Bellevue area for the first time or locals, don’t miss the Evening Farmers Market.  Come join the vendors with weekly selection of new  items and entertaining for all age groups.  Pike Place Market’s popular Wednesday Evening Farmers Market, kicking off on Wednesday, May 31, 2017!

Shop after work and support local farmers with fresh picked morning fruits and veggies, beautiful bouquets, artisan food, drinks, and specialty farm products from more than a dozen farmers and producers set up on Pike Place.  Enjoy the summer evenings and relax after work with live music, fun kids activities, food tastings, and a chance to explore the new expansion on the waterfront.

Evening Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3 – 7 pm
May 31 – September 27
Pike Place at Stewart Street

Join us for Opening Day Celebration on May 31!

 Thanks for reading, Stay connected, places to explore.  Jesse  https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

Cherry Blossom Cultural Festivities

Here’s another event held at the Seattle Center for friends and families of all ages, Jesse Tam. Come join the activities to celebrate the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festivities from April 21 – 23rd.  Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games including Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations.

The Festival was founded 40 years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.
Taiko drummers performing at the festival in 2014.• Photo from Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Facebook page.Date:  April 21-23, 2017
Armory Main Level, Fisher Pavilion
http://www.cherryblossomfest.org

Spend a few hours or the day at the Pavillion and check out the fountain, Jesse. Follow my blog and thanks for visiting!  https://jessewa28.wordpress.com/

U.S. National Parks Free Admissions

A day drive from Seattle or Bellevue eastside is Mount Rainier National Park.  Jesse Tam, plan ahead to U.S. National Parks 2017 free admission days.  Washington has miles of hiking trails, rain forest, hot springs, beaches and lodges to explore at Olympic National Park.

Olympic National Park

  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 20: Presidents Day
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • Friday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Most of the days fall on or around a weekend to make a perfect three-day get away for the family and escape outdoors.  Purchase an $80 annual pass or multiple passes available depending on your qualifications. Seniors 62 years and older can buy a lifetime pass for $10 to visit U.S. National Parks.

With more than 400 national parks, monuments, and historical sites to discover, there’s no shortage of places to visit. While 137 sites typically charge admission, entrance fees will be waived on these 10 days in 2017.

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Holiday Festivities Jesse

Celebrate the holiday festivities with a visit to Snowflake Lane. A favorite for locals and visitors.  Jesse Tam sharing the season of giving with the magic of snow, performers, drummers and fun for the whole family. The new parade route starts on NE 8th at the Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square sky bridge and winds down Bellevue Way past Macy’s, then back to the Hyatt Bellevue Hotel.

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Daily performance from November 25 – December 24th nightly at 7pm.  Don’t miss the 11th annual event with exciting new stage and fun jingle bell dance performance
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Stay connected, thanks for reading.  Jesse  Keep drumming and dancing to your own tune.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda

Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda Jesse Tam, from the peaceful sky to busy Seattle Tacoma International across the pacific ocean to Myanmar. This is the largest pagoda temple in Yangon.  Buddhism came from India to Myanmar 2600 years ago.

The Shwedagon Pagoda, officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw and also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda.

The most famous and spectacular sight in Yangon, over 300ft tall and covered in fold, jewels and precious stones. It it one of the most important sites in the Buddhist faith. Non Burmese are not allowed inside the pagoda, there is a lot to see around it. You could spend hours viewing and walking around the outside of the complex.

The weather is hot with crowds and lines during the weekend, so wear a hat when you plan your visit.  As a mark of reverence,  visitors should dress appropriately and modestly. The dress code – wear trousers or at least knee-length shorts or skirt; t-shirts with elbow length sleeves are also expected and you are expected to be barefooted when entering Shwedagon Pagoda.

Thanks for reading  Jesse  stay connected