Name That Spot
On page 16 of the April edition (Seattle Met 24/7), in the upper left-hand corner, there is a picture of what looks like a trail that extends over a drop-off. Where can I find that?
EDITOR’S NOTE The image is of the Cliffwalk at the Capilano River gorge in North Vancouver, a stop on our road trip to British Columbia.
Kathryn Robinson’s road trip to Lummi Island and dinner at the Willows Inn (Trippin’, April 2012) sound delicious and left me wondering what else she recommends one do in the three days she allotted for the trip. If she traveled north on Chuckanut Drive, she passed through Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District, with its redbrick architecture from the 1890s. Did she walk the South Bay trail, which stretches from Fairhaven over the water to Bellingham’s Boulevard Park? Did she taste test at the farmers market or stop at Dynasty Cellars winery on the road to the Lummi Island ferry?
I enjoyed Kathryn Robinson’s article on the dilemma of school choices for her daughter (Public v. Private, April 2012). I am fortunately long past this stage with my youngest now at 28. But I remember those days, complicated by forced busing. We muddled through and chose public schools for most of those years. In retrospect, our children did just fine. Though the academic environment of public school is perhaps not as strong as its private alternative, the social lessons learned more than make up for it. As well, public schools hand you nothing on a plate—everything you gain must be fought for, which is the just the way that life is.
What a great fashion spread (The Art of Spring, April 2012)! All the colors in the clothes, makeup, and setting are incredible together.
Your article regarding the Space Needle (Will and Grace, April 2012) offered a very nice perspective on this timeless symbol of Seattle style. I wanted to offer a clarification: You are technically correct when you state, “Callison Architecture inserted the two-story base pavilion,” as it was the architect of record and did the working drawings. But the conceptual development and design were done by NBBJ’s retail design studio. Having been a part of that creative team, I think it’s always nice when credit lands where credit is due.
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My wife, Deanna, read how your food critic, Kathryn Robinson, was in Vernazza during the flood in October (Emergency Unpreparedness March 2012). Deanna is the tour director for Rick Steves, and we were in the same restaurant with Kathryn. I was the guy who blocked the door to the dining room when the bar and kitchen flooded. The door was creaking and cracking behind my back and the water level was above my waist. It was quite a 24-hour period, but the rest of our trip was fantastic. How strange is that. Meanwhile we are looking forward to eating at some of the breakfast places (“The New -Seattle Breakfast,” March 2012) recommended in your magazine.
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Can’t Put It Down
Your March 2012 issue was like a big prize package, full of great reviews and menus and useful stuff. Hugely good issue in regards to food (The New Seattle Breakfast). All of your stylists were ridiculously overpriced (“Hair”)—$200 for a haircut? Am I John Edwards? And since I work in emergency preparedness, I really appreciated Kathryn Robinson’s “Emergency Unpreparedness.” Good work. Now stop selling fur.
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Would it be possible to get three more copies of the Commemorative 1962 World’s Fair issue (February 2012)? I bought a copy for myself and loved it so much that I want to send one to my mother in Michigan (she was born in our state: Roslyn, 1919) and two to my daughters. I want their kids to understand what the 1962 fair was all about and how we looked at the future at that time.
I have started a small collection of Seattle World’s Fair mementos I bought off of eBay and at garage sales. But your magazine has been the best so far in tying things all together and also giving the reader personal snapshots of the folks who participated in this fair and made it happen.
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The Young and the Reckless
Neuroscientists have shown that the prefrontal cortex—the reasoning center of the brain—does not fully develop until around age 25. Our young people, like the young man in your story who died in an avalanche (The Most Treacherous Terrain, December 2011), literally cannot see the danger they place themselves in. We cannot convince them of the dangers, but we can educate them about how avalanches operate and the consequences of not respecting them. Avalanche survivors in that age category could be a valuable asset in helping to reduce avalanche deaths.