Category: City Mouse

Neon queenFresno, CA

Fresno Motel sketch by Chandler O'Leary

If you’re into neon signs or period architecture, Fresno is something of a wonderland. But truth be told, I planned this entire leg of my trip around this sign alone. I mean, look at her! She might have seen better days, but to me she’ll always be a masterpiece.

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The jewel of SLOSan Luis Obispo, CA

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This is the tenth installment of my Mission Mondays series, exploring all 21 Spanish Missions along the California coast. You can read more about this series, and see a sketch map of all the missions, at this post. Unlike last week, where we were smack in the middle of the California countryside, this week’s mission… More

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The road overheadSeattle, WA

Seattle Viaduct sketch by Chandler O'Leary

We got stuck in some serious traffic on our way to the game yesterday, which had me wishing we had taken the Viaduct into town instead. That made me remember this sketch I did a couple of summers ago—one of several I’ve done over the years, knowing full well that the Viaduct’s days are numbered…. More

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On the ballSafeco Field, Seattle, WA

Seattle Mariners game sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Today the Tailor and I had the chance to go to a Mariners game with friends, and spend the afternoon in the cushy comfort of one of the box suites. In terms of watching the game, it was the best seat in the house. We were in the front row of the box, with a… More

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A landmark dayTucson, AZ

Muffler Man sketch by Chandler O'Leary

It’s hard to imagine that much time has passed already, but today this blog turns two years old. (Last year’s anniversary post is here.) In the past 24 months you’ve crisscrossed the continent with me, pinballing back and forth from place to place, landmark to landmark. So I figured there was no better way to… More

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Capital capitolsBaton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge old and new capitols sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Mary-Alice and I were only in Baton Rouge long enough to grab a quick lunch and glimpse the city’s (fraternal) twin capitols—but that was long enough for me to add the city to must-return places. The new capitol—while lovely—mostly just reminded me of the Superman Building in Providence. It was the old capitol, however, that… More

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Fire up the grillTacoma, WA

Fourth of July sketch by Chandler O'Leary

We have a tradition of spending the Fourth with some friends who live down the street from us. We bring the old-fashioned hand-crank ice cream crock and the croquet set—they fire up the grill. The best part, though, is watching the fireworks over the bay. To everybody reading in the United States, have a happy… More

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Let ’em flyOttawa, ON, Canada

Ottawa sketch by Chandler O'Leary

A few summers ago the Tailor and I took a cross-Canada road trip. One of the best parts was seeing that beautiful maple-leaf flag flying for the holiday. So in that spirit, Happy Canada Day to all my friends and readers above the 49th Parallel!

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Secret enclaveMinneapolis, MN

Milwaukee Avenue sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Revisiting Ladd’s Addition last week reminded me of another favorite neighborhood of mine. Well, not so much a neighborhood as two perfect blocks: Minneapolis’s Milwaukee Avenue. Today Milwaukee Avenue is a two-block stretch of pedestrian-only street: originally named 22 1/2 Street, to the unwitting eye it just looks like an alley between 22nd and 23rd…. More

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