Archive | March, 2012
March 18, 2012

Travel Wishlist: Tenerife

Following up on my previous post regarding my desire to visit Menorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, another Spanish island that I have on my “wishlist” is Tenerife, one of seven Canary Islands located off the northwest coast of Africa. Known as the “Island of Eternal Spring”, holidays to Tenerife are perfect for a wide variety of travelers. Those looking for an active nightlife should plan to visit during the island’s Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which apparently rivals that found in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Since I’m more of a nature lover, I’d probably opt to go at a quieter time to enjoy the beaches and mountains. Tenerife is the home of Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain. Still an active volcano, Teide is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited national parks in the world. Cable cars take park visitors to about 500 feet below the summit, offering incredible views of Tenerife.

For those more inclined towards watersports, Tenerife offers a variety of breaks for beginner to experienced surfers as well as plentiful opportunities to snorkel or SCUBA dive. Of course, there is always the option of simply laying on the beach absorbing some much needed Vitamin D, with cocktail in hand.

As you might expect, the local cuisine in Tenerife is heavy in seafood. Canarian dishes also incorporate pork and meat (The popular Cuban dish “ropa vieja”, Spanish for “Old Clothes” was actually a Canarian dish that was introduced to Cuba by Canarian emigrants). Although I am a steadfast beer fan, I’d have to try Tenerife’s wines while I was there; this island is so renown for its wines that William Shakespeare often referenced them in his works.

March 12, 2012

Cruising around Elliott Bay

The last attraction we used on our CityPass was the Argosy Harbor Cruise. The weather wasn’t nearly as nice as it was when we visited the Space Needle, but nevertheless the boat ride was fun. Here are a few shots taken from the boat as it cruised around Elliott Bay.

California Sea Lions at rest

California Sea Lion out for a swim

West Seattle

Seattle skyline

More sea lions

Cargo ship

USCGC Healy, recently returned from escorting the Russian Renda through the Artic ice to deliver an emergency supply of fuel to Nome, Alaska.

More photos here.

March 5, 2012

Snowshoeing at the Snoqualmie Summit Nordic Center

A few weekends ago we went snowshoeing at the Summit at Snoqualmie Nordic Center located about an hour’s drive from Seattle. It was our first time snowshoeing and we loved it; the snow-covered Cascades were incredibly beautiful and it was nice to get out and exercise despite the sub-optimal weather. In fact we enjoyed it so much that we ordered snowshoes shortly after returning from our trip.

Here are a few photos from that trip…

At the start of the black diamond section of the trail. It was pretty tiring.

The snow was a bit deep 🙂

Keechelus Lake

After snowshoeing for six miles we were pretty tired and hungry, despite consuming a bunch of Clif bars, so we stopped at Snoqualmie Falls Brewing to replace all those burned calories with beer and “super” nachos:

The rest of the photos are here.