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KEXP Gathering Space | Live Music & Great Coffee

KEXP Gathering Space | Live Music & Great Coffee

The KEXP Gathering Space offers awesome live music and incredible coffee in the heart of Seattle. Click here to find upcoming live performances at the KEXP Gathering Space. There’s nothing like spending a Monday afternoon with ‘The Screaming Eagle of Soul’ @Charles_Bradley! Thanks, @KEXP! pic.twitter.com/fPSMNR9z7X — Tim Lewis (@LewisSports) May 23, 2016 You can find the KEXP Gathering Space at the KEXP studios at 472 1st Ave N (map). In other words, near the Seattle Center. It’s an intimate space for a live concert, allowing around 380 people. The shows are FREE, open to the public, and welcome all ages and even pets. I have seen a few live performances at the KEXP Gathering Space, including Charles Bradley and Shovels & Rope. It’s not a full show, but the performers still play four or five songs. That means the acts last about 20-25 minutes. On top of live music, the KEXP Gathering Space also includes our favorite coffee shop in Seattle: La Marzocco. Every month, La Marzocco features a...

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Honolua Bay | Best Snorkeling in Maui

Honolua Bay | Best Snorkeling in Maui

There’s no better activity in Maui than snorkeling, and there’s no better place to snorkel in Maui than Honolua Bay. Yeah, I understand the best snorkeling in Maui is up for debate. There are a ton of great options. We’ve snorkeled at Black Rock, Turtle Town, and several other locations, but Honolua Bay tops our list. Honolua Bay is located about 15 minutes north of Ka’anapali (where we stayed on our visits to Maui). Be warned that parking is limited (get there early), and you have to walk a short trail through the forest to reach the beach. We saw people posting up for the day there, but the shore is rocky and not a typical sandy Maui beach. Also note that the property owners (it’s private property that’s open to the public) don’t want you to wear sunscreen when you visit (to help protect the coral). While there are a few small issues, Honolua Bay is definitely worth a visit (no matter where you’re staying on the island)....

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Queen’s Guard Marching from Buckingham Palace

Queen’s Guard Marching from Buckingham Palace

My mom and I were unintentionally (believe it or not) in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It was an amazing event to be in England for, but it did have its limitations. Buckingham Palace was blocked off, so we never got a good look at it. To make up for that, my mom and I did get to see other things that people don’t normally see in London, including the Queen’s Guard marching from Buckingham Palace. After my mom and I found out that Buckingham Palace was blocked off, we stopped for a traditional English breakfast at a nearby restaurant. After we finished eating, we walked back outside and noticed people had lined up along the street. We figured something cool must be happening, so we decided to stick around. Not long after we posted up, we saw the Queen’s Guard marching from Buckingham Palace. I figured this was a pretty rare occasion, so I grabbed my cell phone and got video of them. My mom and I had...

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New Year’s Day Sunrise in Seattle

New Year’s Day Sunrise in Seattle

If you didn’t do too much partying on New Year’s Eve (or even if you did), here’s an awesome idea for you: watch the New Year’s Day sunrise in Seattle from Kerry Park. Tove and I brought in the New Year with the annual fireworks show at the Space Needle, and then we decided to watch the New Year’s Day sunrise in Seattle a few hours later. It was an incredible way to jump-start a brand new year! Mother Nature definitely needs to cooperate for this to work. Although the whole ” it rains all the time” thing is exaggerated, it’s also not always perfectly clear on New Year’s Day in Seattle. Keep your eyes on the forecast. If it’s clear; the New Year’s Day sunrise in Seattle is breathtaking (especially from Kerry Park). When Tove and I went to Kerry Park on New Year’s Day 2015, sunrise was scheduled for 7:57am. That obviously changes by year, but that should at least give you a time frame. We arrived...

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Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive | Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive | Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

There are a million different things to see and do around the Puget Sound area, but only so many of those will absolutely blow your mind. An Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma is one of those experiences. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before, and unless I sign up again in the future, it’s nothing I’ll ever experience again. To answer the question we’re most often asked — yes, anyone can take part in an Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. There are two different types of dives: one for certified scuba divers (you must be 15-years-old or older) that allows you to actually swim through the tank with the sharks, and a “cage dive” option for non-certified scuba divers (you must be 8-years-old or older). Tove and I had no previous scuba diving experience, so we jumped in a cage with the sharks. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium makes the Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive really easy. You show up, they...

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iFly Seattle | Indoor Skydiving in Tukwila

iFly Seattle | Indoor Skydiving in Tukwila

Before I get started, I have something to say. I know it’s the first two sentences of my post, but I just need to put this out there: iFLY Seattle is AWESOME. Tove and I just went indoor skydiving there for the first time, and it’s all I can think about (I’ve even had a full night of sleep). As far as I’m concerned, it’s a thrill everyone should experience. iFLY Seattle isn’t actually in Seattle. You can find it 20 minutes south of the city in Tukwila (349 Tukwila Parkway). In fact, you’ve probably seen their big, red, square building along I-405. The iFLY building is designed like that because it houses a huge wind tunnel that makes indoor skydiving possible. A typical building just wouldn’t do for this atypical activity! We were invited by iFLY Seattle to come experience the thrill of indoor skydiving. This isn’t a carnival ride; it’s a real sport that everyone can enjoy. iFLY Seattle has hosted anyone from 2-years-old to 97-years-old. We were told...

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