Visually impared kids get up close with the horses of Cavalia

Visually impared kids get up close with the horses of Cavalia »Play Video
 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. 


Weekend hike assignment: Snoqualmie Falls

Weekend hike assignment: Snoqualmie Falls »Play Video

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. - Now that the sun is back out and spring is right around the corner, it's time to get off the couch and get outdoors.

Snoqualmie Falls underwent a major renovation late last year. The covered gazebo is gone, replaced with three minimalist viewing platforms. The trail has also been revamped, it's a little longer than a mile now with a steep climb back up.

The new lower viewing area has the most dramatic face lift of the bunch. There is a parking lot and bathrooms for folks who can't make the hike. The original boardwalk to the base of the falls ended with a scramble down wet boulders. Those days are over. The new boardwalk is safer, but you can't get as close as you once could. 

If you've never been, go! If you've not been in a while, the renovations make it well worth the drive.

Snoqualmie Falls is located about a half hour east of Seattle on I-90.

6501 Railroad Ave
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
47.543027, -121.836622

The lower viewing area is just around the corner.

37474 SE Fish Hatchery Rd
Fall City, WA 98024
47.546170, -121.840892

Have a great weekend!

WATCH: Emotional reunion for a stolen dog

WATCH: Emotional reunion for a stolen dog »Play Video

When Tripp the pit bull escaped his back yard last July, Kim Eastman got in her car to try and find him. She had no idea how long the search would take, and how far it would take them. Both Kim and her daughter Angel call Tripp an "escape artist" who was picked up by strangers and eventually taken to Butte, Montana.

For the past seven months Kim and Angel have posted his picture on Facebook and with lost pet organizations. They followed up on lots of tips and  false leads, but earlier this month they got the call they were waiting for; Tripp was coming home.

After a 600 mile long cab ride from Dog Gone Taxi, they were finally a family again.

Lombardi finally comes home to Century Link

Lombardi finally comes home to Century Link »Play Video

 After an amazing season, a dominating win in New Jersey, and the biggest parade this town has ever seen, the Seattle Seahawks brought the Lombardi Trophy to it's new home at Century Link Field. Here are just some of the highlights the ceremony today.

Watch: Shameful Broncos fan photobombs the 12th man in NYC

Watch: Shameful Broncos fan photobombs the 12th man in NYC »Play Video

A spontaneous celebration of the 12th Man by the 12th Man on Super Bowl Boulevard was shamefully interrupted by a shameless Broncos fan. Will this disgraceful display be the bulletin board material the Seahawks need to push them over the top on Sunday? We will see...


12th man flag travels from the Space Needle to Yankee Stadium

12th man flag travels from the Space Needle to Yankee Stadium »Play Video

The 12th man flag that's flown atop the Space Needle since 2005 has made its way to New York City. It traveled through Manhattan and made a stop at Yankee Stadium before it will eventually be given to the Seahawks. Sean Marshall is the PR manager for the Space Needle and the caretaker of the flag. He says they've gotten signatures from as many folks as they can, helping to spread the spirit of the 12th man throughout the Big Apple.

From near and far, the 12th man showed their support at Media Day

From near and far, the 12th man showed their support at Media Day »Play Video

At today's Super Bowl Media Day there were plenty of 12s showing their support for the Hawks. While many had made the trip from the northwest, we found quite a few local Seahawk fans who were excited to have their favorite team come to their hometown.

Preview of "Super Bowl Boulevard"

Preview of "Super Bowl Boulevard" »Play Video

Jon Humbert and I took a walk through Times Square tonight as preparations are made to transform Broadway into "Super Bowl Boulevard". We'll have much more everyday this week. Stay tuned!

WATCH: Are Seahawks fans excited? You bet!

WATCH: Are Seahawks fans excited? You bet! »Play Video

It took only a few moments after last night's game ended for the fans to pour out of Century Link field. The excitement was at serious Super Bowl levels. Here is just some of the insanity we saw, complete with a face painted Mark Miller. Enjoy!

Meet the Seahawks new 'Beast Burger'

Meet the Seahawks new 'Beast Burger' »Play Video

Everyone steps it up for the playoffs, that includes the chefs at Century Link Field. Executive Chef Seis Kamimura came up with a new monster burger that's new just for the post season. It's named 'The Beast', in homage to Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch.

Here is the lineup: First, a bun slathered with aioli, then lettuce, onion, tomato, onion rings, ham, bacon, and finally two patties covered in cheese.

The platter also comes with a pile of fries and of course, a side of Skittles.

The Beast Burger will be available in four locations. The Gridiron Grills on the main level and the upper level, as well as both 12th Man Grills on the club level. 

The burger is estimated to contain 1700 calories, and it'll set you back $15, but who's counting.

WATCH: Surprise Seahawks wedding

WATCH: Surprise Seahawks wedding

Cody Nelson and Nicole Turner never wanted a big wedding. 

The couple met playing flag football in Seattle and have been Seahawks season-ticket holders for the past four years.

Their friends gather together to tailgate before games, so they thought it would be the perfect time to surprise them and get married. Family traveled from three states to witness the nuptials. Their vows ended, as they should, with a "Go Hawks!"

They celebrated their first Seahawks win Sunday as 'fan' and wife.

How'd they build that? The new Rainier 'R'

How'd they build that? The new Rainier 'R' »Play Video

Most of the time, when an icon goes away, it disappears forever.

One Seattle landmark, however, recently proved this wrong.

The Rainier "R" stood atop the old Rainier Brewery for 50 years. In the late 90's, the brewery stopped brewing and the "R" fell into disrepair. Tully's Coffee moved in and replaced the "R" with their own 12-foot tall "T."

13 years later, Tully's had new owners. As they prepared to move their headquarters from the brewery, they asked Rainier if they'd be interested in putting an "R" back up where it used to be.

"We absolutely jumped at the chance," said K.C. Blinn, creative director at Rainier Beer. "It was pandemonium. People in the office freaked out, (knowing) how important this brand was to Seattle." 

"To be able to see that giant red beacon on your way into Seattle," he added, "(you) know that you're home."

Western Neon is located just around the corner from the brewery, and was asked to build the new "R". They had restored the old "R" for MOHAI, and they also built the Tully's "T."  Andre Lucero from Western Neon says during their restoration of the old "R," they took exact measurements for the neon they had to replace.

"We were able to use those documentations in order to build all our new patterns that we're working off of to make the new "R,"" Lucero said.

The new "R" is roughly the same size as the old one, but more modern and efficient. It's the same dimensions, but the new one is made from aluminum, not steel. The old incandescent light bulbs had to be changed all the time, but the new "R" uses efficient, long-lasting LED bulbs. The most noticeable change is that the southern facing side now also has light bulbs, not just the northern facing side like the original "R."

KOMO News got to tag along throughout the entire process. From building the new frame and bending the neon to the dramatic raising and lighting back above the brewery one month ago, here is your inside look at how they raised the new Rainier "R."