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Greetings from Tokyo l Travel Sketcher

I am in Tokyo this week. This is Akaji Shrine. I sketched this while sipping tea in the cafe. Wherever you may be this week, take a moment to sip some tea and savor the moment. Next sketch will be...


Out with the old, in with the new l Travel Sketcher

The new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal is rising. The old, current terminal is in the distance. The waterfront will change, that is for sure. I hear many opinions, but I do hope that in the end it is a place we can be proud of. Either way, there will...


Sights from San Diego l Travel Sketcher

We were in San Diego this month for a wedding. This sketch of the patio at our Airbnb while having my morning tea made for a pleasant start to a busy day. Terry - the Travelsketcher is a Mukilteo...


Another successful Festival l Travel Sketcher

Mukilteo's Lighthouse Festival. I saw a few familiar folks and met a few new. I met Beacon editor Brandon's mom and chatted with the volunteers who made it all possible. I sketched a couple of...


A favorite spot of mine l Travel Sketcher

Join me on Sept. 7 at Sage & Cinder; it will be their one-year anniversary celebration. I will be doing on-the-spot sketches free for anyone who wants one. People who know me are aware that it is...


One year of sketches l Travel Sketcher

Thank you to all who have followed this column for the last year, and thank you to the many who have contacted me. It has been an honor to share my sketches. Sometimes you only have to travel to your...


The wonder of flight l Travel Sketcher

We have three museums featuring the world of flight in our area. The Historic Flight Foundation is often overshadowed by Boeing’s Future of Flight or Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Museum; a... Full story


Celebrating a free press

For the last 243 years, newspapers large and small have protected our freedom by keeping us informed. A free press is essential to our survival as a nation. Thank you to The Beacon and your staff for...


What a view l Travel Sketcher

This office building has one of the best views in all of Mukilteo, as well as being a great structure. For many years it housed Gallery Homes, but no more. For Mukilteo sketchers, I have started a...


Shooting over par l Travel Sketcher

A couple of regulars at the Red Cork complaining about golf scores. If you recognize these fellas, tell them you saw their sketch. Thanks to all the sketchers who have joined my workshops. Looking...


Rosehill acrylics

Last week I spent an afternoon at Rosehill painting with acrylics. A kind gentleman approached me and asked, “Are you the Travelsketcher?” That is always such a thrill. With summer here, a lot is...


Good morning from Orcas l Travel Sketcher

The ferry from Anacortes stops at Lopez Island to let off cars and people. I sketched this from the upper deck of the ferry. We are spending the weekend on Orcas Island, a travelsketcher’s...


Busy beach season coming soon l Travel Sketcher

Lighthouse Park is getting quite busy, a sure sign of spring and summer. Soon even this tree will have leaves. I never tire of sketching at the beach, and would love to meet up there with some other...


Paine Field terminal: A job well done l Travel Sketcher

The terminal at Paine Field is unsurpassed in comfort and warmth. For 25 years I traveled the world, I have seen hundreds of airports, but nothing like ours - well done to all involved. I have two...


Nature Together is a great addition to Mukilteo l TravelSketcher

Nature Together is a magical addition to Mukilteo. Kristin and her friendly crew have a mission of getting people into nature, from the youngest to the oldest members of the family. Its preschool in...


Visit me at Red Cup l Travel Sketcher

For the month of March my sketches will be featured at the Red Cup Cafe. This is the Red Cup Cafe, looking up from Lighthouse Park. Stop by the Red Cup on March 14 between 1 and 3 p.m. and say hello.... Full story


Who is the hot dog man? l Travel Sketcher

Editor’s Note: This is the wood carving used to promote the old Neener Neener Weiner restaurant that used to be in Old Town. Nonetheless, go talk to Terry about the statue, and anything else... Full story


Gotta love Diamond Knot l Travel Sketcher

Many years ago there was a bus barn across the street from what is the Mukilteo Ferry Dock. Today, it houses Diamond Knot Brewpub. Good food, and friendly staff, along with local brews. It is a place... Full story


Winter on the Sound l Travel Sketcher

For us genuine Puget Sound folks, a winter view of the Sound is just as inspiring as a summer day. I did this while at the Sage and Cinder for happy hour. Some spiced garbanzo beans with a glass of... Full story


Happy holidays! l Travel Sketcher

Merry Christmas! The Mukilteo Christmas tree dazzles an already stunning view. From my family to yours we wish you a holiday season of peace and love. Thank you for allowing me to share these moments...


Gorgeous trip to France l Travel Sketcher

The Travel Sketcher does get out of Mukilteo. This is the wonderful village of Gordes in Provence, France. A magical place, attracting too many tourists, yet well worth a visit. Terry - the... Full story


Icons of Mukilteo l Travel Sketcher

Ivar’s, a Seattle area classic, and the Mukilteo-Clinton Ferry, part of the Washington State Ferry system, unique in our country, sketched from Arnies Restaurant. We are so blessed to live in this... Full story


Order up! l Travel Sketcher

A container ship, bound for far away ports; our Sound is an active place. Mukilteo continues to inspire me as an interesting place to sketch. I would love to get your suggestions of hidden treasures...


Slowly letting go of summer l Travel Sketcher

Living in Mukilteo puts us near so many wonderful places. One of my favorites is the Washington Arboretum, beautiful anytime of the year, but dazzling in the spring and summer. This old tree captured... Full story


New business doesn’t need meat l Travel Sketcher

Cindy and her crew welcomed me in last week to tour and sketch Sage and Cinder, the newest restaurant in Mukilteo. They are set to open on Sept. 7. To all you folks who think it’s not a meal unless...


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