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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Recreation
August 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

At 79, noted scientist still rows to work and for play

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Sketched Aug. 4, 2014

When the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center relocated from First Hill to South Lake Union in the late 1990s, Dr. Rainer Storb, one of its most prominent scientists, started to commute to work by rowing. Now 79 years old, he still does.

A little after 6 in the morning, Storb leaves his Madison Park condo on Lake Washington and rows his way through the Montlake Cut and Portage Bay until he reaches an old wooden cabin near E.East Garfield Street where he stores his boat.

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June 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM

An extreme low tide brings out high interest and new discoveries

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Sketched June 14, 2014

low tide sealife comboAn excursion to the Puget Sound shoreline never disappoints, especially during the extreme low tides that usually happen around the summer and winter solstice.

In Edmonds, the tide reached its lowest point of the year, minus 2.98 feet, last Saturday at 12:21 p.m. That was so low that people could sneak in under the ferry dock, a rarely accessible area where the waterline would rise 15 feet by 7:45 p.m. and reach almost to the top of the pilings seen in my sketch.

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May 18, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Sketching on the fly while in the sky

Sketched May 8, 2013 “Are you thinking of flying today?” When Marc Chirico asked the question, I mumbled: “Er… I wasn’t planning to.” Chirico, who runs a paragliding school at the foot of Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, has a long resume in the sport. He has participated in international competitions and once flew 65 miles between Chelan…

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January 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Over 50, but hardly over the hill

Sketched Jan. 9, 2012 Seeing them with their gear on, I never would have guessed the age of these hockey players. Cy Wilson, the guy with the stick-wielding Snoopy on his jersey, is 85. He grew up playing on a frozen creek in Northern Minnesota. Ray Smutek, from Detroit and wearing the Seattle Thunderbirds jersey, is 75. Every…

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