Monday morning at a Memorial Day service in Magnolia's Fort Lawton, Staff Sergeant Ian Bamman told an emotional story of the loss of his Platoon leader 1st Lieutenant William Edens in the town of Talifar, Iraq.
Heading out on patrol, Bamman asked his Lieutenant if he should take the patrol, Edens replied "Don't worry Sergeant, I've got this one", so Bamman stayed behind. The patrol was hit by an I.E.D. and 4 soldiers, including 1st Lieutenant Edens, were killed.
The service also included a cub scout flag ceremony, bagpipes, and prayers.
At an afternoon service at Evergreen Washelli cemetery in Seattle, Army Brigadier General John M. Cho spoke to a crowd of hundreds. He spoke about the importance of gathering together to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Video by KOMO Photographer Katie Johnson
It would be easier to list the features that Point Defiance DOESN'T have rather than all the things it does have. There is really a ton of stuff to do at this historical 700 acre park, so whether you have a half hour or the whole day, head to the north side of Tacoma and check out this great spot.
Here is a list of just some of the things you can do here:
Your hike assignment this weekend is Seward Park, Seattle's gem on Lake Washington.
Seward park is a 300 acre peninsula jutting out into Lake Washington. The park's most used feature is a 2.4 mile trail along the lake. Part of the perimeter trail used to be open to cars, so it's wide enough for bikes and walkers and dogs to share comfortably.
My favorite hike at Seward Park is the series of trails that weave through the interior. Seward Park has the largest stand of old growth trees in the city, and it's hard to remember that you're even in a city when you're in a forrest like this.
Seward Park also has a large meadow, swimming beaches, a pretty nice playground for the kids. There is lots of parking available, but it is a city park so don't leave valuables in your car.
Have a great weekend! Get out and enjoy it!
Seward Park is located at 5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S Here is more info on the park from the city. Here is more on the history of the park from the great folks at History Link.
It's spring, and that means it's baby animal season. Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington is a rehabilitation facility for wild animals that are abandoned or unable to care for themselves. We got a tour and met some of the babies they are caring for.
Here is the website for Sarvey, with info on what to do if you find a baby animal at your house. There is also more info on the facility and how you can get involved and help.
This weekend's hike assignment is Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park. The trail head is three hours from Seattle, located on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula on highway 101. Here is a map.
Olympic National Park is big, like almost a million acres big. While most of the park is wild and inaccessible by car, there is plenty to see all along the perimeter for dayhikers and campers. Highlights include the Hoh rainforest, Pacific beaches, Lake Crescent, and Hurricane Ridge. There are literally hundreds of weekend hike assignments out there.
But we have to start somewhere.
Driving around Lake Crescent on 101 is one of the prettiest in the northwest, a long windy highway next to a deep blue glacial lake. Halfway along the lake is the Marymere Falls ranger station and trail head. There is good access to Lake Crescent here, as well as places to picnic and the all important road trip restrooms.
The hike to the falls is relatively easy, just under a mile and mostly flat. There are some stairs at the end near the falls and they are usually wet so watch your step. There trail weaves through old-growth forest and along Falls Creek and Barnes Creek.
Marymere Falls should be just one stop on a bigger trip through Olympic National Park.
Woodland Park Zoo has two new cheetahs, two 14 year old females from Oregon.
Missy and Liz have lived at Wildlife Safari in Salem, Oregon, where between the both of them they've had 15 offspring. Wildlife Safari works to breed cheetahs, helping keep the endangered species from becoming extinct. They will be in Seattle for the next 6 to 18 months while new cheetahs are born at their facility.
Your weekend hike assignment this week is Azalea Way, a trail in Seattle's Arboretum. As you may have guessed, there are lots of azaleas along Azalea Way, and right now they are in full bloom and stunning.
Washington Park Arboretum is 230 acre park situated near Lake Washington between the Montlake and Broadmoor neighborhoods. Established in 1934, the park has miles of trails that weave through different environments and gardens. While there is a lot more to see than you can in just one trip, Azalea Way is a great place to start.
Azalea Way is a 3/4 mile trail stretching from the Graham Visitors Center through the center of the park to the Japanese Garden. Parking is available at both ends, though the north end parking lot at the visitors center is larger. From there you can explore the different trails and also check out foster island and Lake Washington.
The park is terrific all year, each season is highlighted by the variety of trees and plants. Right now however most of the Azaleas are blooming or about to bloom, Azalea Way is stunning.
The Graham Visitors Center is located at 2300 Arboretum Dr E in Seattle
Visiting the park is free, but there is a small charge to visit the Japanese Garden
Your weekend hike assignment is the Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. The 27-acre park is 40 minutes from Seattle, and surrounds the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers.
Your weekend hike assignment is the Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation.
The 27-acre park is 40 minutes from Seattle, and surrounds the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers.
The centerpiece is a 500 foot long suspension bridge built by some 20,000 Boy Scouts, and the Army Reserves in 1976. The bridge sways and the deck has gaps that make crossing a challenge for unsure feet, but the park is well worth a little bravery.
It has a long list of amenities, including sports fields, picnic spots, yurts for camping, river beaches, and a old restored barn that can be rented for events.
It's located just 10 miles north of Snoqualmie Falls on highway 203, so it might be the perfect stop on a day trip through the Snoqualmie Valley. Find out more information from King County.
Deception Pass State Park may be the most visited state park in Washington, but most visitors only stay a minute as they drive through on Highway 20. This park is much more than just an viewpoint, and it deserves a closer look.
The park covers more than 4,000 acres on both Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island, split in two by the treacherous and narrow Deception Pass channel. It also marks the border between the Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca. It's got places to camp, picnic and lots of trails to hike. The park has more than 14 miles of rugged Salish Sea coastline, terrific for exploring.
Most visitors just see the bridge. If you are just passing through and only have a minute there is plenty of parking available. Walking the Deception Pass bridge can be vertigo inducing, as it's almost 200 feet over the narrow channel. It's a great spot to stop look out over the San Juans, and to take a picture too.
Naval Air Station Whidbey is right around the corner near Oak Harbor, so you might get treated to an impromptu air show like I was when I was there. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's impressive to see those guys up close.
Whidbey Island is a wonderful spot to explore. Just make sure you stop and check out this great park.
Have a great weekend!
Here is more info on the park. You will need to buy a day pass if you are going to park or camp.
On a quiet Saturday morning, Amanda Skorjanc heard a rumble, looked out her window and watched her Oso neighborhood explode. Her split second reaction also also saved her son from the massive mudslide. Both Amanda and Duke sustained serious injuries, but they are recovering.
Now that she is doing better, Amanda wanted to tell her story and thank those who helped rescue her and her son. Elisa Jaffe and I put this story together, but I wanted to share her full interview with you.
The clear skies and sun-breaks over Seattle today saw more than tourists walking SAM's Sculpture park, it saw shovels breaking ground. A SAM installment crew began work to make room for a new piece called "Echo".
The sculpture, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, stands 46-feet tall and depicts the face of a young girl from the artist's home town. The work is made from an amalgam of polyster resin, white pigment and marble dust. The name "Echo" comes from Greek mythology, she was a nymph condemned by Zeus to repeat the words of others. The work will be positioned to face Puget Sound in the direction of Mount Olympus.
The artist hopes his artwork will spark passersby into greater awareness of their own voices. The SAM installation crew who began today expects it to take 2 months to complete. There will be a short detour around the site for cyclists throughout the installation. For more information on "Echo" please go to the artists website
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s search and rescue team rescued 7 people from the Oso mudslide Saturday afternoon. A man whom they pulled out of the mud brought a box of photos and negatives with him, but in the chaos he forgot them on the helicopter. The box is in good shape, they have not opened the box.
The Navy would very much like to return the box of photos to their rightful owner.
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The Kuntz family was one of many who lost so much in Saturday's slide. A family member was killed, two family homes were destroyed, and they thought the pets were gone too.
When they returned on Sunday afternoon, they were astounded to find that their chocolate lab Buddy alive under what remained of their house. Neighbors worked together and used a chainsaw to help free him. Buddy has a few cuts and bruises, but will be just fine.
Here is the story that Elisa Jaffe and I put together today, but I thought you might like to see the full video. Nice to see a little bit of hope amongst so much sadness.
With catastrophic events like the Oso landslide, often one still and one video photographer are picked as the “pool” to collect image for everyone else. Today Lindsey Wasson from the Seattle Times and I were picked. We rode up past the checkpoints with Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary until we came to the point where highway 530 ended and the mud began.
When we got out to take our pictures, I was struck with how quiet it was. Besides the occasional roar of a search helicopter, the songbirds were the only thing we heard. It was a heavy silence.
It looked as if the entire neighborhood had been put into a blender, everything chopped up into shards. Sheriff Trenary pointed out parts of what was someone’s kitchen, but spread out flat in front of us, and like everything else, it was covered in mud.
From our vantage point we only were able to see a small portion of the Oso slide, but just what we saw was overwhelming. We were only there for 15 minutes or so, the cleanup will stretch well into the summer. The recovery and healing for the victims and their families will take much, much longer.
8 year old Max Kretzschmar is a playful boy that enjoys riding his scooter and doing what kids his age like to do. A brain tumor near his eyes however has damaged his optic nerves leaving him with no sight in his left eye and poor vision in the right.
Sarah Smale is a cute, sweet and quiet 11 year old that loves horses and would love to have one of her own. Unfortunately for Sarah her eyes never had a chance to develop before she was born, leaving her with no sight in her left eye and glaucoma in her right.
Max and Sarah were two of a handful of blind and visually impaired kids to visit and experience the touch and feel of a lifetime. Thanks to the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, the children visited the cast, crew members and the four legged stars of the show of Odysseo by Cavalia. The acrobatic thrill rides and colorful movements of talented riders and horses run until the end of March on the grounds of Marymoor Park in Redmond.
For these kids the chance to be up close and personal with the horses, saddle equipment along with hand feeding the beautiful horses is an experience that outweighs sitting in the audience and just listening to the show. Max is quick to comment on how big a horse’s head is, how their coat is as soft as a blanket and how a horse’s belly is as big as his bed. Sarah’s hands sweep in unison softly and gently across the neck of a horse, quietly speaking of how soft and beautiful it is. It seems she and the horse is a team communicating through touch and feel.
Claudime Lemieux is a member of the Odysseo cast helping the children. She has them touch the cool texture of grain and feed the horses carrots and apples by hand. She says the horses are really sensitive about their skin and respond well with the touch and feel of the children’s hands.
This is a story that proves with the loss of one sense the others are enhanced, making for a memorable day for all involved.