When one thinks of Bigfoot, there’s one image that comes to everyone’s mind. A hairy figure walking away looking back at a shaky camera. That famous silhouette is an archetypical icon forever burned in the human consciousness. A creature that’s remained an enigma since that image crossed our tv screens 50 years ago.


Wonder Woman has always fascinated me. Ever since I was a little girl, I watched the TV series with Lynda Carter portraying the beautiful superheroine. I even had Wonder Woman underoos and remember driving my parents insane as I jumped off the couches flinging my cardboard tiara - actually believing it would boomerang like on the TV show.


Fifteen trails and over 100 miles. 2016 was an epic year for hiking. The beauty of the Pacific Northwest never ceases to amaze me. The meadows burgeoning with wildflowers, scree slopes, forest, lakes, and waterfalls - heaven on earth.


When I think of every major event in my life ― from childhood to adulthood, music has been an integral part of the journey - the soundtrack to life choices and experiences. One song can evoke such vivid memories of people and places from our past. Many musicians and songs have taken me down memory lane on numerous occasions. Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ played in my head when I made the middle school academic pentathlon team.  Heart of the Matter by Don Henley has always blasted out of my car radio after a major breakup. And Paul Simon’s Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard definitely captured my youthful innocence growing up in the 70’s.


Frequently, guests on my food tours ask why our city is named Seattle. The First People to inhabit this area were the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes. Chief Seattle or (Si’ahl) was the chief of both tribes. His reputation as a leader and his relationship with the white settlers resulted in the naming of the city.


A couple of months ago my tour mates Justin Oba, Nick Setten, and I visited the Suquamish Museum and Chief Seattle’s grave on the Kitsap Peninsula.

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