Tom Bayley grew up spending his summers on Orcas Island with his mother, Frances Ann Stimson Bayley, and his brothers, Douglas Bayley and Frank Bayley III. His father, Frank S. Bayley Jr., was a prominent Seattle lawyer. He often made the long ferry trek to join them on the weekends. But in the ‘50s, Frank decided to significantly cut his commute time.
Purchasing a yellow and blue Seabee, he’d fly the small seaplane to join the family, often daily. “I remember being scared to death and how cool it was. It was really neat,” said Tom of flying with this father.
Unfortunately, three years after his father started taking to the sky, the Seabee went down in a small lake on Whidbey Island. While not all the details are clear, Frank never returned to the cockpit.
But Frank was an adventurist at heart. Sailing was his first love and one which he continued to enjoy late into life. It was a passion he passed onto all three of his boys, whether they wanted it or not.
Today, Tom remains an ardent sailor. Keeping a second home on Orcas near several of his family members, Tom enjoys exploring the San Juans by sailboat whenever possible. “It’s just so beautiful up there,” he said. (more…)
There’s something about live music. It gets inside you. It touches you in a way music on the radio or a CD does not. This is especially true for jazz where the deep tones from a saxophone make your chest tighten like a first kiss. Or how the quick upbeat notes from a trumpet make you want to stomp your feet and dance.
This Saturday, June 1, the best are back to raise money for kids and science. The 13th annual Jazz at the Labs concert will feature live music, dinner and silent auction.
Hosted by the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs, all proceeds benefit the Laboratories K – 12 Science Outreach Program in the San Juan Island Elementary, Middle and High Schools and the Spring Street International School.
Returning to the stage again is Chris Amemiya and Jazz Coalescence. This Seattle based band will feature jazz standards with their own special edge. Also performing is a local favorite, the San Juan Jazz Quintet.
Crowds frequently push the laboratories dining hall to full capacity. The only way to guarantee a seat is to call ahead (360.378.2165 ext. 0).
There’s nothing quite like giving a memory. Debbie McGinley knows this well. As a teenager, her aunt took her on a vacation. It was just the two of them. “It was a very special experience in my life,” said Debbie. And so, when her daughter Grace became a teen as well, she continued the tradition with a long weekend trip to Seattle.
Why did this Westport, Connecticut duo choose Seattle? They wanted a city with a sense of place. They didn’t want to just visit a generic city. They wanted somewhere with interesting things to do and see, somewhere they could share a unique experience together.
Initially, they were drawn to Seattle’s rich literary scene. Grace is an avid reader and Seattle’s collection of great bookstores were right up their alley. Of course, the cafes, chocolate and nice food didn’t hurt either. (more…)
You people. You people are amazing. Everyone here at Kenmore Air is blushing with pride. Your rave reviews on TripAdvisor have earned us the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. What an honor. Thank you!
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“What a blast!!”
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“Must Do this if you’re in Seattle, Victoria or Vancouver”
“Great way to get to the islands in Washington”
“Spontaneous Trip to Victoria BC”
“I had a great trip, thanks”
We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks for flying with us. We look forward to seeing all of you in the air again soon.
You don’t have to be a boat lover to enjoy this boater’s paradise. Roche Harbor’s richly preserved history offers 19th-century clapboard buildings, old gardens and incredible sunsets – all perfect for relaxing. Enjoy local seafood, some of the best doughnuts in the Pacific Northwest and views of the surrounding mountains. Whether you arrive by boat or seaplane, be sure to keep an eye out for pods of local orcas which can frequently be seen playing in the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands.
7:00 PM – Dinner at Madrona Bar and Grill
Stroll in for a laid back meal at the Madrona Bar and Grill where the seafood is fresh and the drinks are flavorful. Among the menu favorites is the crab and shrimp cocktail. Packed with seafood, this baby is garnished with a smooth touch of avocado and a kick of homemade, wasabi infused cocktail sauce. During the summer (July 1 – Sept. 1), enjoy late nights on Friday and Saturday nights.