$35 million investment in Mason County's health

Mason General Hospital & Family Clinics (MGH&FC) held a groundbreaking ceremony and project briefing on October 29th. There was plenty of great information given at the briefing that I have broken up into sections below.

Writing about an event and putting my spin on it didn’t feel right to me..I wanted to break the entire event up into smaller segments where one could go to a particular question that was asked and then see an unedited version of the answer.

I think this gives the viewer an opportunity to hear for themselves and come away with their own opinions of the project.

I hope you enjoy, let me know what you think.

 
 
Groundbreaking ceremony for the new $35 million medical office building in Shelton
Overview including discussion of where the money for this project is coming from.
"Can you describe what integrates services looked like compared to what is currently offered?"
"What affect will the new building have on the High School programs!"
"What was the biggest challenge and most excited thing so far about the project?"
"Will the new building allow for new services to be offered at Mason General Hospital?"
"What is the process of coming up with a name for the new MGH building?"
"Is this a LEED certified project?"
"Will there be additional jobs available because of the new building!"
"What has the planning process been like?"

You can find more information on the hospital’s website located at www.MasonGeneral.com

24 Dalby Water Wheels

 Here is the original photo taken before modifying any colors

Here is the original photo taken before modifying any colors

Driving to the Union Square Deli yesterday I passed the Dalby Water Wheel nestled in a thick layer of fog. I was a few minutes late for my meeting as the gears starting to turn in my head.

”that wheel never looks the same”

”sometimes it’s sunny outside, sometimes it’s raining, I swear I’ve never seen the same wheel twice”

That’s when I turned the car around and headed back to snap this photo. I wanted to capture it in that very moment and share. As I looked at the wheel the thoughts came rolling in again…

”I wonder how many buckets there are on this wheel?”

”I should take this photo and show as many different looks of the picture as there are buckets”

Here’s how it came out……..

Different color layers I added using an app Photoshop Express which I have on my IPhone

More edited photos done right inside Photoshop Express

These images are made with a fun little app called Oilist. The fun thing for someone like myself is Oilest will take a photo and apply various levels of “paint” in the styles of famous painters.

  • Van Gogh

  • Escher

  • Manet

  • Kandisky

  • Cezanne

  • Picasso

  • Monet

  • Afremov

  • Hokusai

  • Marsden

  • Klimt

  • Anselm Kiefer

  • Munch

  • Kokoschka Soutine

  • Maxfield Parrish

  • Jennifer Bartlett

Various styles within the artist that you can see transform your photo in live time as if the painter themselves were breathing life into the picture.

The Dalby Water Wheel is a great spot to stop and take a photo. There are 24 buckets in the wheel each with their own layer of moss and growth clinging to the surface on every turn. If you have 5 minutes swing a U turn one day and stop to take a look.

 

Beef Tongue Tacos

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Braised beef tongue, pickled jalepenos, pico de gallo, and salsa verde. Put it on top of street taco sized corn tortillas, sprinkle some cilantro on top and you have yourself a Hecho taco.

I’ve been coming to Hecho’s ever since my bride Carli got her first tattoo a few years back at Two Birds Tattoo on Greenwood Ave in Seattle.

The first time I walked through the door and ordered “chips and salsa” at Hecho’s I knew something was different about the place.

Thick corn chips that are cooked when ordered come with three unique salsas. The word unique is thrown out there a lot. The mushroom salsa at 2 Margaritas is what I would consider unique. Most other salsas are just variations of the typical red salsa we all know.

The trio of salsa include a red salsa that has a chipotle flavor, a verde salsa that is a tangy salsa that has the right amount of crushed onions, and then the star is a habanero salsa that is sweet and pretty high on my personal heat chart.

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I originally ordered the beef tongue taco years ago so I could scratch it off my list of things I’ve eaten. I put tongue in the same category as frog legs, fermented tofu, and raw oysters. Before you eat it you think you’re just trying someones dare but when you’re done you the hype behind it is the real deal.

Today I ordered a grilled cod taco to go with the tongue. One of the things I love about Hecho’s is their range of tacos that you can try for just $4. If it’s a 12.95 plate with rice and beans the focus on a taco is muddled and you don’t appreciate it as much.

At $4 each I can venture out and try a couple….or three…… which include:

Chicken
Seasonal Veggie
Pork Al Pastor
Chipotle Pork

Carnitas

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The rest of Hecho’s menu is full of both Gluten Free and Vegetarian items.

  • Empanada

  • Shrimp Aguachile

  • Ensalada

  • Esquites

  • Pasole

  • Buttermilk Chicken

  • Fundito

  • Escabeche

  • Papas

  • Fried Sarranos

They have a really inviting atmosphere with an attentive staff that make me feel like a local. They’re located at 7314 Greenwood Ave N. in Seattle. They can be found at www.hechoinseattle.com

 

$12 on Hood Canal

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The other day I stop by a place that I have been to several times this last summer. I typically stop by in the mornings on the way out towards Union and Hoodsport, or in the evenings when I'm heading back.


Sometimes I stop for a restroom break. Sometimes I stop for a quick stretch. Often times I will stop and practice a little photography or filming on the beachfront or while on one of the trails across the road.


While filming some water scenes for a project I happen to look to the left of where my camera was set up. It's over in a section that I hadn't really explored before near the boat launch and there was a smell coming from that direction.

 

I've smelled the scent of salmon carcasses as they begin to decompose on the shorelines before. It's a unique smell that fills the air and certain areas of the Hood Canal during the various salmon runs.


This smell confused me because I was in an area I hadn't thought Sam and came to but the smell was similar.

 

When I walked over towards the docks that were  on land I quickly noticed the various barnacles attached we're probably dying and giving off the scent.


As I was about to turn away I notice this little spot of land that was just passed the docks right on the water.  As I got closer I realized this area was a campsite.

 

I've always dreamed  of the home on the water, the campsite on the river, or being right on the water as I open up my tent early in the morning.

 

“$12 per night” is what the sign said. I looked at the spot, then look back at the sign, out towards the water, back to the sign, look behind me to see if anyone was looking and laughing that I had been tricked, and then looked back at the sign that still said $12 camping.


I'm a big technology guy I'll buy the new phone and install every new app I can because I love everything that is gadgets. my business is based online and I rely on it for all of my communication and capturing moments. for $12 I could unplug from the world of electronics and be a part of the canal.


There are several campsites and RV spots at Twanoh State Park, plenty of areas where you can be next to the river and in the woods, but there's something about this little spot that makes me smile.

 

The view is absolutely gorgeous and even the sounds of cars passing by couldn't drown out the amazing sounds that come from the nature that's right outside your tent door.

 

Twanoh State Park is a favorite of mine for so many reasons and just like today, I found another reason to fall in love with this little spot that forces me to stop and pull over whenever I drive by.

 

I'm looking forward to trying this spot out and a tent later on this year even when the weather turns, especially when the weather turns,  for the price of a latte and a muffin I can fill my emotional cup with the beauty of the Canal.


I love to hear if anyone else has stayed at this spot or has another spot that they love. Have a wonderful day.

 

Deep fried bacon cheeseburger egg rolls

Deep fried bacon cheeseburger rolls is not something you find on every menu. At the end of railroad before you hit Sierra Pacific you’ll find a red food truck on the right side of the road that has amazing food that’s not afraid to be different. 

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On this day I decided to try out the eggrolls and at the last moment ordered the bacon wrapped hot dog with grilled onions.    I’m not a big hotdog fan but I had a feeling this one would be different. 

 

The Main thing I noticed on the hotdog was the grilled up on that I came in. I know that seems like a small detail but a normal bun would’ve sucked up the juices from the onions and then a little mushy. There was crunch throughout the entire dog and it didn’t even need anything on it it was good just as it was.

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Main thing I noticed on the hotdog was the grilled up on that I came in. I know that seems like a small detail but a normal bun would’ve sucked up the juices from the onions and then a little mushy. There was crunch throughout the entire dog and it didn’t even need anything on it it was good just as it was. 

 The eggroll lived up to its billing. It was confusing and a Unique way that left me smiling. The fry sauce that I dipped into was actually the main star at the truck. 

 

 I asked what was in it and got a long list of items that made up this  magical sauce that I would dip my cell phone in and never complained about the taste. 

Their normal hours are 10 AM to 2 PM and their pricing, food, and staff are worth the trip to try some unique food alongside some old favorites served smartly. 

Kayaking with George

The other day I had an opportunity to cross one of the things that has been on my bucket list for quite a while.  Whenever I drive by the shoreline I imagine myself out in a kayak enjoying the views from the place that many people get to see it from.

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I mentioned to a buddy of mine recently, George Stenberg, that I would love to find someone that can take me out kayaking the first time. That I have been searching for just the right person but hadn’t found the right time or place or person but I feel comfortable with.

 

George told me he had spent some time as a kayak instructor and he wouldn’t mind taking me out if I wanted to sometime. George has been a huge inspiration on me when it comes to photography and I love the photos that he takes when he’s on the water. 

 

The thought of George being the one to take me out on my first kayaking trip is hard to explain but I Can’t remember the last time I was excited about an opportunity. 

 

 

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We explored the Skokomish River Where the depth of water was safe and the waters are calm. Watching the silver salmon swim by the kayaks and feeling the waves they made as they scored together was a really cool experience.

 

George and I talked about the land in the history of that area and George pointed out several areas that were unique to the Delta. 

 

 

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We headed out to some water that was a little bit choppy. In a moment that I was honestly a little cocky and not paying attention, a wave knocked me to one side and I overcompensated to the point of tipping my kayak

 

 The water was cold but it wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be. I’m actually pretty afraid of water and for some reason after being on the water for about an hour inside of the kayak I was surprised at how calm I was.  

 

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 After wrestling with the kayak for around 30 minutes I was able to follow George’s instructions and get myself back into the kayak.  

George drop me off on a little landing well he went back upstream to get the truck and come back and get me. In a weird way the best part of the entire experience started after I fell into the water. 

 

I was able to overcome some fears and fight through a little bit of adversity and while I was alone on the shore I was able to focus on and see some parts in the sky and in the water that I probably wouldn’t have normally paid attention to. 

 Soaking wet with dirt on my shoes George and I ended the night at dose margaritas to enjoy the rest of the football game and they’re amazing tortilla soup.  Soaking wet with dirt on my shoes George and I ended the night at dose margaritas to enjoy the rest of the football game and they’re amazing tortilla soup.    As I headed home after saying goodbye to George I couldn’t help but tear up a little bit with emotions after such an amazing day.    If you’ve ever thought about doing something like kayaking or driven by a place and wanted to stop by encourage you to take the time and just make it happen.    Have a great day

Soaking wet with dirt on my shoes George and I ended the night at dose margaritas to enjoy the rest of the football game and they’re amazing tortilla soup.

Soaking wet with dirt on my shoes George and I ended the night at dose margaritas to enjoy the rest of the football game and they’re amazing tortilla soup.

As I headed home after saying goodbye to George I couldn’t help but tear up a little bit with emotions after such an amazing day.

If you’ve ever thought about doing something like kayaking or driven by a place and wanted to stop by encourage you to take the time and just make it happen.

Have a great day