Tourist in Your Own Town http://kplu.org en Stairway Walks Reveal Some of Seattle's Hidden Spaces http://kplu.org/post/stairway-walks-reveal-some-seattles-hidden-spaces <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s the Seattle you see on a map, </span>criss-crossed<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with roads and transit lines, and there’s a kind of parallel grid of shortcuts and forgotten byways: the staircases. Venturing through Seattle’s stairways can give you a fresh point of view on the city, a new appreciation for our urban topography, and one heck of a thigh workout.</span></p><p>That’s where Cathy and Jake Jaramillo make their discoveries. Stairs “take you into hillier terrain, into the nooks and crannies of neighborhoods. You can see things you wouldn’t see otherwise,” Jake said.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9827 at http://kplu.org Stairway Walks Reveal Some of Seattle's Hidden Spaces At Bellingham's SPARK Museum, a 4 Million-Volt Jolt for Visitors http://kplu.org/post/bellinghams-spark-museum-4-million-volt-jolt-visitors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a region that prides itself on being innovative, the SPARK Museum of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Electric Invention in Bellingham is where to go when you want to marvel at&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the wonder and power of electricity.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are 60,000 different items on display including a Blickensderfer manual typewriter from the 1930s, a telephone switchboard from that same era, and a theremin, which makes music just by waving your hands over it.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 9716 at http://kplu.org At Bellingham's SPARK Museum, a 4 Million-Volt Jolt for Visitors San Juan Island Park Offers World-Class Whale Watching http://kplu.org/post/san-juan-island-park-offers-world-class-whale-watching <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you think of going whale watching, you probably envision taking a boat. But there’s a place on San Juan Island that’s considered one of the best places in the world to see killer whales from shore.</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 9692 at http://kplu.org San Juan Island Park Offers World-Class Whale Watching Travelling Back to the Days of Pioneers at Fort Nisqually http://kplu.org/post/travelling-back-days-pioneers-fort-nisqually <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before the first pioneers trekked through the Wild West to reach Puget Sound, there was already a thriving business here shipping goods to customers across the globe.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1832, Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort </span>Nisqually<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the very first European settlement in Puget Sound.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, a detailed replica of the fort, called the <a href="http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum" target="_blank">Fort Nisqually Living History Museum</a>,</span><u style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</u><span style="line-height: 1.5;">stands at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 9630 at http://kplu.org Travelling Back to the Days of Pioneers at Fort Nisqually At Hydroplane Museum, Vintage Boats Tell Tales of Sport's Heyday http://kplu.org/post/hydroplane-museum-vintage-boats-tell-tales-sports-heyday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the years before the Mariners, the Sonics, the Seahawks and the Sounders came to the Pacific Northwest, there was just one big time spectator sport in the region. And it came every summer to the shores of Lake Washington.</span></p><p>For generations of us Northwesterners who grew up in the 1950s, 60s or 70s, unlimited hydroplane racing was <em>the</em> sporting event of the year. The Seafair races were broadcast wall-to-wall on all three network TV affiliates and several radio stations.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gary Crawford 9471 at http://kplu.org At Hydroplane Museum, Vintage Boats Tell Tales of Sport's Heyday