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Author: AJ Barse & Chris Powell

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Pacific Northwest aficionados, AJ Barse and Chris Powell are your hosts each week talking about their views and interests in technology, travel, gear and watches. Recorded in Bellingham or on location (typically in their favorite local coffee establishments) in City of Subdued Excitement. Bellingham Washington. This show is also available on-air on Bellingham's KMRE 102.3FM.
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Post 200 Station-Break

Post 200 Station-Break


Chris and AJ are taking a few weeks off after 5 years and 200 episodes.
Thank you for supporting this show for 5 years, and now 200 episodes. For this summit of an episode, we recorded live from the top of the Whatcom famous Oyster Dome.
Show notes to be updated...stay tuned
Show notes to be updated...stay tuned
The last on of our mini series of post-pandemic life and getting back in to Bellingham!Scenario: You’re in town on business, attending a conference, or are visiting family/friends. You have heard lots of good things about the city by the Salish Sea...and you’ve listened to AJ & Chris’ previous episodes in this series, and you still want more... *Now what?*Community Food Co-op - Healthy food, and some souvenir hats and other items of BellinghamEdaleen Dairy in Fairhaven - When you need a voluminous scoop of ice creamChocolate Necessities - if you are looking for the best dairy free chocolate ice-cream in town Nature Reserve Eclipse Bookstore in Fairhaven - When you want to get lost in a bookstore full of hidden gemsSandalwood Spa on Magnolia - When you want to pamper yourselfSeifert & Jones Wine Merchants on Champion and Bay - When you want the perfect bottle of wineStill Life Massage and Float at the Bellwether area - When you want a unique relaxation experienceElizabeth Station on Holly Street - When you want to experience decision fatigue in selecting a beer or cider7 Spices Cafe - Ruckus Room -
Scenario: You’re in town on business, attending a conference, or are visiting family/friends. You have heard lots of good things about the city by the Salish Sea...but now you want to see what Whatcom has to offer *Now what?**Acme* (Wile E Coyote would love it)* Acme Diner/ Ice Cream* Lake Whatcom Railway “Northern Pacific steam locomotive that operated in every decade of the twentieth century.” * Volunteers workin on opening more track access *Mount Baker** Bagley Lake (Kid/Family friendly)* Chain Lakes (Big kid/ adveture family firendly)* Table Mountain (NOT for one who is afraid of heights)* Twin Lakes Winchester Mt. (beginner mountain goat’n)*Highway 20* aka North Cascades Highway aka The Cascade Loop * Newhalem and Diablo * Learn about Wa hydro electric technology and history* North Cascade Institute * Skagit Tours
Housekeeping.Clarification courtesy of the lovely Sarah Hutton @ Village Books“Hey AJ and Chris, I've loved listening to the Back to Bham themed series. I've got a list of new places to try! Quick note of clarification - Evolve is still with us on the mezzanine level as well as at their space at the Hotel Leo. Two opportunities for deliciousness! Hopefully we'll see you soon in the stacks! ”Also, a bit thank you and shout out to Brenna, who gave me the TL;DR of Amendment 21, it is great food and top shelf drinks especially if you are a gin fan. AJ back on the Zulu Time Podcast (Ep. 47) Scenario: You’re in town on business, attending a conference, or are visiting family/friends. You have heard lots of good things about the city by the Salish Sea...but now you want to see what Whatcom has to offer *Now what?**Bellingham, Washington - Lady Washington ** August 12 – August 16 *Blaine* * August= Pirate Daze * Lady Washington Aug 19 - 22*Semiahmoo** Origin “ The Semiahmoo are more closely related to the Lummi ( and Samish ( peoples south of the international border, and to the Lekwammen ( and T'sou-ke ( peoples across the Strait of Georgia, than they are to the Halkomelem-speaking Sto:lo ( of the Fraser Valley ( and of the Fraser's delta to the north of themselves, the Musqueam (” * Live Music - “enjoy beachside performances by local artists with a stunning ocean backdrop. Friday – Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm or Sundays from 4 pm to 7 pm.” * UNCORKED: WINEMAKER DINNER SERIES - *Seating is limited. Reservations are required* * *Upcoming Dinners* * Friday, October 15 – Sleight of Hand Cellars ( * Friday, November 12 – Mark Ryan Winery ( * Friday, December 17 – Long Shadows Vintners (*Birch Bay Waterslides** * Opening day of the 2021 summer season will be WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30TH, the 38th year of operations at the Birch Bay Waterslides. $23 for day pass, less for toddlers, senior sliders AND $5 for senior viewers---Stay tuned for part II---The Quality Assurance, of a Secret Weapon *AJ’s Secret Weapon ** Bellingham Reddit * Whatcom Reddit *Chris’ Secret Weapon** ( - All the Reddit goodness without the tracking -
Scenario: You’re in town on business, attending a conference, or are visiting family/friends. You have heard lots of good things about the city by the Salish Sea...and want to check out the downtown scene. *Now what?**Waypoint Park / Grainary** Belllingham yoga collective * SconeGrown vegan bakery* BlackFern - coffee wine* Artivim Mead Company.*Bay Street** Black noise records* Geheim gallery. Contemporary art gallery * Near Black Sheep * Jack's Bar * 10 barrel brewing * Lorikeet Bar*Bellingham Parkade on Commercial Street** Holly’s Pies* (Brandywine - Temporarily closed for fire damage - early August reopening?)*(Triangle?) Corner of Magnolia and Champion** Black Drop Coffee - old Rook and Rogue looks cool*Mount Baker Theater** Snowyriver Cocktail Company - old The Table *Cornwall Avenue** Chuckanut Bay Distillery.* Are you my human dog rescue and lounge - near Wild OatBakery & Cafe* Near Hotel Leo * Northwest Corner Goods - by Kevin Misiuda and Brad Lockhart * Evolve - Chocolate Espresso and Provisions * Amendment 21 bar - inside The Leopold*Alley by Bellingham Farmers Market by Maple, Railroad, and State streets** Champlain guitars - “full repair service from restrings and and vintage guitars”*State Street** Comrade - temporarily closed. Scheduled to reopen on August 1. “Comrade is the little sibling next door to Carnal, specializing in smash-burgers and spicy fried chicken sandwiches all with house-made condiments."* Carnal - “Wood fired meats, seafood and vegetables from Michelin star cooks.” "Outdoor dining on 13 table garden patio now available as well as indoor. Takeout/delivery"*Holly Street* * Juxt tap room - old Teriyaki Bar * Endgame - Mini Rook & Rogue* Locust - new wine bar
Mountains before drinks: AJ's climb of Mt. Saint Helens Ed Viesturs - this Episode: Scenario: You’re in town on business, attending a conference, or are visiting family/friends. You have heard lots of good things about the city by the Salish Sea...and you’re thirsty. *Now what?*Drink’n activitiesThe usual locations:* Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro* Kulshan Brewing Company* Aslan Brewing Company* Twin Sisters Brewing Company*Beer** Stemma Brewing Company -* Archer’s Ale House -*Cider** Bellingham Cider Company -*Cocktails * Rock & Rye Oyster House -* Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) -*Kombucha** Kombucha Town* Leif’s Tea: Leif’s Tea is jun, a bubbly probiotic tea made from organic green tea, herbs, and raw honey. Available at the @bhamfarmersmkt (*Coffee** Caffe Adagio -* Camber -*Tea** Makeworth Market -* Wonderland Teas (to bring home) * The Abbey Garden Tea Room closes permanently -*A Quiet Place* * Harborside Bistro at the Bellwether -* Cafe Baby Greens*The Scene** Goods Local Brews -* Schweinhaus Biergarten*AJ’s Secret Weapon for liquid refreshment* Cafe Velo*Chris’ Secret Weapon...when he needs a drank* The Blue Abode in Barkley Village -
Ep 192 - Welcome (Back) to Bellingham Part 2 - Get a bite to eatFor the week of June 13, 2021Scenario: You’re in town on business, attending a conference, or are visiting family/friends. You have heard lots of good things about the city by the Salish Sea...and you’re hungry. *Now what?*Grub’n activities*Breakfast** Magdalena’s Bistro and Creperie -* HomeSkillet -*Lunch** The Wild Oat Bakery and Cafe (Vegan) -* Just Poke -*Dinner* * Black Sheep -* Milano’s Italian Restaurant -*To Go** Hana Teriyaki -* The Filling Station, Sunnyland - *Fine Dining** Keenan’s at the Pier -* Storia Cucina -*Pizza** Ovn Wood Fired Pizza -* La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza -*Drinkery* * Aslan Depot: Barrels and Blending -* Twin Sisters Brewing Company -*Junk Food** Pure Bliss Desserts -* LaFeens Family Pride Donuts and Ice Cream - * Westcoast Pops - (*AJ’s Secret Weapon for Bellingham Food** Secret Sauce: EL FUEGO ...break a sweat but thank me later. *Chris’ Secret Weapon for Bellingham Food’** Call 360-647-2666 (tel:3606472666) (647-BOOM) 20 minutes before you arrive at Boomers Drive-In: Order a Big Boom with Waffle Fries and a soda/drink/milkshake of your choice. Thank me later.Quality Assurance*AJ: Milano’s to take over the ol Fish and Chips bus:* ** ( **
Welcome (Back) to Bellingham Part 1 - Get OutsideFor the week of June 6, 2021Scenario: You’re in town on business, or a conference, or have heard lots of good things about the city by the Salish Sea. You’ve checked into your AirBNB or your hotel room and unpacked your bags. *Now what?*Basic Bellingham FundamentalsEverything in Bellingham is accessible via Interstate 5, exits 250 to 258. Highway traffic (during this COVID era) mostly flows normally, even during rush hour. But when there is a stalled vehicle or an accident on the side of the road, traffic can be backed up for miles. Check your maps app for RED before using the highway.The main arterial roads off I-5 exits in Bellingham are, from south to north:Old Fairhaven ParkwaySamish WayLakeway DriveJames StreetSunset DriveMeridian StreetNorthwest AvenueBakerview DriveOutdoor activities*Take a walk* * Taylor Dock walk to Boulevard Park -* Big Rock Garden -*Take a hike* * Stimson Family Nature Reserve -* Oyster Dome Trailhead - *Take a dip* * Lake Padden Park -* Lake Whatcom, Bloedel Donovan Park - *Take a breath** Zuanich Point Park -* North Lake Whatcom Trail -*Take a pedal* * Interurban trail -* Pump Tracks * Whatcom Falls - * Waypoint Park - * Cordata Park -*Take a snooze (in your hammock)* * Cornwall Park -* Larrabee State Park -*Take a gander (at the beauty)* * Chandler Parkway -* Locust Beach -
No notes as Chris is back! AJ: DGR 2021-
Another double episode for the weeks of Mother's Day weekend May 10 and May 17. Chris may or may not still be on clandestine he will be returning next episode! Housekeeping: Guest co-host today. *Dan** Active duty Navy, nearly 15 years in. * Views and opinions are my own* Former MSF-certified Rider Coach* Currently in New England, heading back to the SW soon@Rising_sun_sailorAJ and the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2021 (a DECADE of DGR)to support: *Motorcycle Zen*What cha riding these days" (AJ & Dan)* AJ: TU250X (2009) * Red was just 2009 * Dan: FLHCS (2020): * Dan’s flavor of color 2020 Heritage Classic Motorcycle | Harley-Davidson United States ( ( if we had to go ‘buy the best, cry once’ what is that bike?* AJ: Ducati Scrambler X (PNW Green edition) * Dan: HD Limited CVO (Royal Purple and Royal Black Fade) * It depends though. Cross country touring? Absolutely the CVO. * Carving canyons and dropping a knee en route to the city? Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS * Beginner? Something like the Honda CB500 routes on two wheels (tick tock)AJ: * Bellingham to Victoria Inner Harbor (imagine doing this with your spouse on the back, hanging on to ya, as you ride up chuckanut, hit a ferry, and nothing but warm air. Parking - not a problem) * San Juan Islands- Mt. Constitution, and island hopping: PNW pro tip- no need to worry about a missing a ferry on a motorcycle* Dan: * Mohawk Trail - Pittsfield to Greenfield, MA (Quintessential New England Fall leaves changing) * Car Trips Western Mass - Scenic Driving Western MA - Tours through Western Mass Countryside - Tours of New England - Fall Foliage Tours - Mohawk Trail ( ** Mount Washington - Worth the hype; get the bumper sticker. Highest wind ever recorded by man (231 mph/200.7 kts back in 1934). * 8 mile trip up the mountain with a packed dirt road at mile 6 (if I recall). * Plan for the weather and expect it to change! * You WILL work your brakes coming down. Be ready!* Mazda Hakone Turnpike - Japan * Outstanding views of Mt. Fuji at the rest area. * Beautiful first thing in the morning * Twisties * ¥700 if I recall * Assurance*AJ** Long Way Up (Harley/Rivian/ and EV oopses) * John Maxwell (motorcycle repair work/tips/general riding)
On the show for this week, and the next, in this back to back episode we have a guest co-host from the Bellingham Podcast Office of Foreign Correspondents; UK Branch. This episode to to anyone here in the PNW who has a Wonderlust itch that needs to be scratched, especially if the pandemic as made you long for travel, adventure travel, and the UK. This episode is a double episode, so no new episode for the first week of May. Stay tuned...Our Foreign Correspondent Co-Host;Dan Podcast: The Zulu Time Podcast for this episode: what if with the Pandemic lightening up- some one from the PNW can land in the UK. The must do treks:**Dan:** Snowdonia - Tryfan /Betws-y-coed (* Brecon - Pen y Fan / Go Below ( * *Lake District - Scarfell Pike /Tickle Tarn /Ambleside* **Gear AJ:* Getting kids to go from the kindergarten playground to the trailhead Tarn 12 (REI) (* Garmin Instinct If you are going to go with a connected watch (* Cotopaxi Alpa 42 ( [a pack for the overhead of your flight, for the one bag traveler who likes to get in a trek too] * Cascade Mountain Tech (treking poles (Based out of Preston, WA if I recall)* EB Heritage Strap: * Elliot Brown Watches (* Montane (* Osprey (* DMM Wales (* Mountain Equipment (* Petzl e+LITE Assurance*AJ** Alex Honnold Answers Rock Climbing Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED ( Dan * Spirit of Time Podcast* SSAFA Charity (* Marine Raider Foundation ( * ModHanks @modhanks* Nims Dai @nimsdai
A fair bit of trekking plans.... * Off Locust Beach: 🚢 shipwreck of the Osprey* Going Soft* Forums, still the enthusist’s knolwedge base * Allpa 42L* Aero Press: * Osprey Skarab 30 * Relive for map playback of tracking data Quality Assurance*AJ*Relive: out Dan: *Chris* ( - Go Incognito series on the ‘Tube -
Chris test drives a new kind of email paradigm ( - from the creators of Basecamp Project Management softwareSidebar - The Basecamp CEO had a very popular TED talk. It is one one of Chris’ favorites EVER:*How Hey works** The Screener, do you allow this person/address to have their email arrive in your inbox* The Feed is for your promotional emails, newsletters, and other casual messages.* The Paper Trail is where your retail purchase invoices, order confirmations, etc. landYay! - No Javascript, no analytics, no tracking, no bloat. Very simple.Hmmm - $100/year after a two-week trial*Hey World - Personal blog posts for the rest of us*Write an email to, publishes to your account, e.g. ( Includes a page for others to subscribe to.How it compares to Wordpress, Squarespace, Medium, and others.Doomsday scenario - What if Google ends Gmail, or Microsoft ends Outlook/Hotmail/MSN, or monetizes it?Don’t think it can happen? Remember Google Reader?Speaking of Wordpress and Squarespace - What if you could create a website, populated by simple files, that is virtually unhackable?*How Works*Blot is a blogging platform with no interface. It turns a folder into a website. Blot gives you access to tools — blog with your favorite text-editor.Files and Folders are stored in your Dropbox account or on your Git Repository.Files like .txt, .md, .png, .jpeg, .gif, ,docx, and .html can become blogposts.Free themes and more.Yay! - Immediate publication of your writings and photos, use your own domain, and no plugins or databases to keep updated.Hmmm - $4/month.
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