Photos | Lion Cubs At Woodland Park Zoo

I’m a guy. I like watching sports, drinking beer and watching more sports. With that manly stuff said, I can be a sucker for baby animals. I don’t need to pet every puppy I see, but I think there’s something really cool about lion cubs. That’s probably because I know how ferocious they’re going to be when they grow up (he says in an attempt to save his manhood). It’s very rare to get a look at these exotic beasts in person, so that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to see the new lion cubs at Woodland Park Zoo.

I won’t waste your time with all the details of my trip to the zoo, but I will share a few tidbits (just in case you’re interested). There are four lion cubs — two males and two females. They were born in November, but they were only introduced to their exhibit in early February. That means there’s still plenty of excitement surrounding the little guys. When you add that excitement to the limited number of hours you can see them (from 11am-2pm every day), the end result is a long line to see the lion cubs.

My friend Tove and I waited in the cold for 45 minutes to see the lion cubs. Once you’re in, you only get about five minutes to look at the cats. That probably doesn’t sound like a stellar experience, but it was all totally worth it to me. These are the first lion cubs born at Woodland Park Zoo in more than 20 years. That means I’d either have to go to Africa to see something similar (which isn’t happening anytime soon), or I’d have to wait until my 50′s for another chance to see lion cubs in Seattle. I figure now is a better time than ever.

I was able to snap some fun pictures of the lion cubs at Woodland Park Zoo. I usually just stomp around town snapping photos with my cell phone, but I actually brought my Nikon D60 with me this time. I’m really glad I did. The lion cubs were playing near the back of their exhibit, so my zoom lens came in handy. I honestly don’t think a cell phone camera or a regular digital camera would have done the experience justice. I think my camera did (or at least I hope you think so). Take a look at a few of my photos!

Seattle Lion Cubs

One of four lion cubs at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle

Seattle Lion Cubs

The lion cubs take a quick break inside their exhibit

Seattle Lion Cubs

The lion cubs play near their mother

I have more photos of the lion cubs at Woodland Park Zoo, but I don’t want to be like the boring neighbor that invites you over to watch a slideshow of his family vacation. I really enjoyed taking the photos and I hope you enjoyed looking at them. Leave a comment below or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Please feel free to share my pictures with your friends on Pinterest as well. Don’t forget to also check out more from the world of sports, food and travel right now on http://allaroundtim.com!

Seattle Bug Safari | The Creepy Side Of The City

I’m sure you know about Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium, but have you heard of the Seattle Bug Safari? Instead of featuring elephants or a giant octopus like its counterparts, the Seattle Bug Safari boasts tarantulas, centipedes and several other creepy, crawly creatures.

Seattle Bug Safari | Tarantula

Mexican red-kneed tarantula

I actually ran into the Seattle Bug Safari (1503 Western Ave. #304) by accident over the weekend. My friend Tove and I were walking down some stairs from Pike Place Market to the waterfront, when Tove noticed a sign for the bug zoo. Without much hesitation, we decided to check it out.

I was surprised by how small the Seattle Bug Safari is. I’d compare to the size of someone’s living room. You can’t tell how small it is before you pay, because the zoo itself is hidden behind a closed door in the gift shop. It took Tove and me about 30 minutes to get through the Seattle Bug Safari, and the employee at the front desk says that’s average for most people.

The Seattle Bug Safari might be small, but it’s loaded with more than 50 species of insects. You’ll find spiders, beetles, scorpions, stick insects, ants and more. Every exhibit clearly explains what you’re looking at, where the creatures live around the world, and several other interesting facts about the bugs. The staff inside (just one guy who was feeding the bugs at the time we were there) seemed knowledgeable and was quick to answer any questions that we had.

Goliath bird-eating spider | Seattle Bug Safari

Goliath bird-eating spider

My favorite creature at the Seattle Bug Safari was easily the Goliath bird-eating spider. Part of the tarantula family, this beast can grow to be the size of a large dinner plate, according the guy working inside. The Goliath bird-eating spider at the Seattle Bug Safari is a young female, so she’s only beginning to grow (but she’s already huge). Despite its ferocious name, the Goliath bird-eating spider, a native to South America, doesn’t usually eat birds (although the Seattle Bug Safari staffer says they can in the wild).

I really enjoyed my visit to the Seattle Bug Safari, but I probably won’t be going back anytime soon. I think the price of admission ($8 for adults, $7 for seniors/military/college students and $6 for kids) is a little steep for such a small exhibit. At the same time, there’s plenty of educational value for children at the Seattle Bug Safari, so I don’t want to say it’s not worth stopping by.

Click here if you’d like to learn more about the Seattle Bug Safari (hours, contact information, etc.).

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Seattle Bug Safari

Giant prickly stick insects

Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club In Seattle

I haven’t really researched much, but I can only imagine there are few places around the world where you can rent a kayak and then fill your belly on Mexican food and drinks all in one location. That’s exactly what you can do at Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club in Seattle, and that’s what makes the place so special. Some would even argue that Agua Verde has the best fish tacos in the city!

Agua Verde Seattle Sign

Agua Verde

My friend Tove and I checked out Agua Verde (located on Portage Bay between Lake Union and Lake Washington) during our Seattle staycation. My mom insisted that we try their fish tacos. Right when I got to Agua Verde, I realized I’d been there before. My mom took me there for a paddle and some food when I was a kid. I remembered the eats being pretty darn good, so it got my appetite all revved up.

Tove and I didn’t take part in the kayaking this time around, instead we just went for food (which is made fresh from scratch daily). We got there on the early side of happy hour (Monday-Thursday from 4pm-6pm), so we were seated immediately. We wanted a table outside, but we were told those were only for people taking part in happy hour (having drinks/eating chips and salsa). That was a little disappointing (because it was a beautiful summer day), but the rules are the rules.

Since the Agua Verde fish tacos came highly recommended, I honestly didn’t look at much of the menu. I asked our server which fish tacos he liked the best, and he quickly said the catfish (‘Bagre’ on the menu). I have a tough time making my own decisions, so I took his advice and ordered the catfish, while Tove went for the fried cod (‘Bacalao’ on the menu).

Agua Verde Fish Tacos

Catfish (Bagre) Tacos

The food was as good as advertised, but I can’t go as far as saying Agua Verde has the best fish tacos in Seattle (only because they’re the ONLY fish tacos I’ve had in Seattle so far). The tacos (there are two of them) are served with a side of rice, and black beans and cheese. Tove couldn’t finish both of her tacos so I was able to compare the fried cod and catfish. I think the catfish was better, but just because it packed a little spice.

I wish I would have known this when I was there, but Agua Verde makes its own home-made drinks (including margaritas) from scratch too. In fact, the Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club only serves local and sustainable food on their menu. The fruits and vegetables are all organic, the meat comes from farm-raised animals without growth hormones or antibiotics, and the seafood is caught or raised using eco-friendly techniques.

Again, Tove and I didn’t rent kayaks at Agua Verde, but my mom and I did years ago. I remember paddling to Gas Works Park on Lake Union. From some of the reviews I’ve read, it sounds like the prices are a little steep at the paddle club, but I honestly have no idea how much it should cost. The happy hour deal at Agua Verde sounds pretty sweet though. You can rent kayaks for three hours for the price of two hours, and since the boats need to back by 4pm to get the deal, you can then walk right into the cafe for the start of happy hour there (again, Monday-Thursday from 4pm-6pm).

Since I just moved back to Seattle, there are several new restaurants I’d like to try before I head back to Agua Verde. There’s no doubt I’ll be back again though. I’ll definitely go for a paddle, and then come back for some fish tacos next time. That sounds like an awesome summer afternoon to me!

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Taking A Trip To The Top Of The Space Needle

I’ve seen the Space Needle a million times in my life. The deck off my office at work literally looks right at the Seattle landmark. I’m not talking about from a distance either — we’re right across the street from the Space Needle. Whenever I go outside to soak up some sun or take a quick break, I see the tourists buzzing around the attraction. Just a few weeks ago, I became one of those ‘tourists’ too.

The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington

My view of the Space Needle from work

As you might already know, I just moved back to Seattle after several years away. To help me get acquainted with the city again, I planned a four-day Seattle staycation last month. I did as all the tourists do when they’re in the Emerald City. I rode The Great Wheel, went to Pike Place Market and visited the top of the Space Needle — something I hadn’t done since I was a little kid.

On the first day of my Seattle staycation, my friend Tove and I marched around the city during the day, and waited until night to visit the Space Needle. We finally made it to the 50-year-old, 604-foot structure at 10pm (it closes at 11pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:30pm Friday and Saturday). It was a Monday, so there was no line at all (even during the peak tourism season). We just walked up, bought our tickets ($19 apiece — you can buy tickets online to avoid extra lines when its busy) and took the elevator to the top.

I was torn on what time of day to visit the Space Needle. Should we go during the day or at night? It was a tough choice, but like I mentioned, we finally settled on the night. I’m not sure that was the best decision though. Don’t get me wrong — the view of Seattle from the top of the Space Needle at night is incredible. There were clear skies, so it felt like you could see lights for miles. On the other hand, Seattle is famous for beautiful mountains, the Puget Sound and its greenery (that’s why it’s called the Evergreen State). At night, you can’t see the mountains, the Puget Sound just looks like a black blob (the awesome lakes in the area look the same way too), and there’s no green to speak of. With that said, I did hear one person on the observation deck say, “The view is much better at night, that’s for sure.” I guess I need to see the view during the day to compare it, but knowing the area like I do, I just feel like the daytime would be better to visit the top of the Space Needle.

You can take a look for yourself! This is a quick video I shot from the top of the Space Needle. Again, the view is still incredible at night — this clip doesn’t even do it justice:

I don’t care how much it costs or what time of day it is — the Space Needle is a must-see tourist attraction when you visit Seattle. I’m not just saying take pictures from the ground level; you need to go to the top. I even encourage a trip to people who live in the area and haven’t seen the view from the Space Needle observation deck in a long time. It’s always good to be reminded what a beautiful city we live in.

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Space Needle Seattle Washington

The Space Needle from the ground up

Bumbershoot | Experiencing Seattle’s Music Festival

I’m a huge fan of music, but up until yesterday I’d never been to a music festival in my life. It’s not because I haven’t wanted to go to one either; it’s just never worked out (mostly because I’ve worked weekends for much of my career). After two and a half days of hearing acts at Bumbershoot from my office in Seattle (the television station is directly across the street from where the event was held), I finally got into the mix last night.

Passion Pit performing live in Seattle at Bumbershoot

Passion Pit

I could only squeeze four hours out of Bumbershoot (I was off work at 7pm and the last show ended at 11pm), but it was worth every second. I saw parts of four different acts, but I was constantly surrounded by music the second I walked in the gates to the second I walked out. After my quick glimpse at the festival, I wished that I could have spent every hour of every day at Bumbershoot over Labor Day weekend (if I didn’t have to work, obviously).

The range of music you find at Bumbershoot is amazing. I heard everything from pop, to folk, to electronica — and I was only there for a few hours. On top of what I heard in the crowd, I also heard a wide range from my office. There was the Heartless Bastards, Ian Hunter and the Rant Band and Wanda Jackson (the “Queen of Rockabilly”) — just to name a few. It’s a great way to experience a lot of different music all in one place.

The first act I strolled upon at Bumbershoot was Lights. I knew nothing about her when I saw her on stage, but she was cute, little and she was rocking out. Lights romped around with the microphone, jammed out on her synthesizer and even went solo on her piano (her band literally left the stage). It was fun to watch. Lights honestly reminded me of someone like No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani when she was on stage, but I was completely duped by her performance. I wanted to learn more about Lights after I got home, so I googled her. All of her songs sounded like your typical pop artist (think Jessica Simpson). I was stunned, disappointed, and realized that I can easily get caught up in a live concert — no matter who it is.

I slipped away from Lights for a few minutes to check out Hey Marseilles. Again, I didn’t know much about them before I saw them on stage. They’re a local, Seattle-based band that sounds a little like Mumford & Sons, but they’re not nearly as good/developed. Hey Marseilles didn’t do nearly enough to lure me in with their first few songs, so I kept moving on (sadly, I chose eating dinner over watching the rest of their show — that’s how little they impressed me).

Skrillex performing live at Bumbershoot in Seattle

Skrillex

After a quick bite, Passion Pit was the next group to grab my attention at Bumbershoot. Several people recommended Passion Pit to me in the past, but I never really took the time to listen to them, and honestly the snippets I’d heard on iTunes weren’t all that intriguing to me. I will say this — I’m a big fan of Passion Pit now that I’ve seen them live. Lead singer Michael Angelakos rocks. He’s was all over the stage, swinging the microphone over his head, and even banged away on the drums at one point. Passion Pit definitely won me over. I plan on buying their latest album Gossamer (released July 24th) when I’m done writing this.

Right before Passion Pit wrapped up, I made my way to the main stage at KeyArena to catch the end of Skrillex. I’m not into electronic music at all, so I had no idea how huge this guy was. The arena (which holds 17,459 people) was packed to the brim. Every section was closed, because all the seats were taken. I finally convinced one of the workers to let me through (since I was by myself), and I wound up on the side of the stage. It wasn’t the best for hearing Skrillex jam, but it gave me a great opportunity to see the crowd (the average age couldn’t have been older than 20). It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. I’ll compare it to a rave on steroids. People were shirtless, there were glow sticks, lasers and fireworks, and the crowd never stopped moving to the music. I shot this video to give you a feel for what it was like:

I was skeptical at first, but it was totally worth seeing Skrillex in person (for the people watching alone). I was so impressed that I wrote an individual post about my full Skrillex experience — check it out!

I’ve always been a fan of music, but I’ve really grown to love it over the last five or six years, and thanks to my experience at Bumbershoot, my passion for music keeps getting bigger and bigger. I can’t wait for another live performance or the next band that’s going to knock me right off my feet. I think I might be addicted.

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‘The Great Wheel’ | Seattle’s Newest Attraction

You don’t always have to go far for a travel adventure. Sometimes you can find plenty of fun in your own backyard — just like I did last week. I spent four days playing tourist in Seattle — where I now live and work. I grew up in this area, but it’s much different to scout a place as an adult than it is a kid. I hit up Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and now no ”staycation” (or vacation) in Seattle is complete without a ride on ‘The Great Wheel’.

The Great Wheel Seattle Sunset Ferris Wheel

‘The Great Wheel’

‘The Great Wheel’ (or technically ‘The Seattle Great Wheel’) is Seattle’s new Ferris wheel (it opened in late June). You can find the attraction on the waterfront on Pier 57 (near the Seattle Aquarium). It’s not like you need directions though — ‘The Great Wheel’ is easy to spot. That’s because it stands 175 feet tall, making it the largest year-round Ferris wheel in the United States.

Modeled after the London Eye in England (but much, much smaller), ‘The Great Wheel’ is an awesome addition to the already spectacular Seattle skyline. The Ferris wheel can fit as many as 252 people in its 42 enclosed gondolas (which have air conditioning and heat if needed). ’The Great Wheel’ provides unique views of Seattle and the Puget Sound (it literally extends 40-feet over Elliot Bay) that you can’t find anywhere else.

This is video I captured on ‘The Great Wheel’ last week. I was on the left side of the gondola with my back toward the water, so that means I was looking at the city. Enjoy the ride!

A full ride on ‘The Great Wheel’ consists of three revolutions. It’s a little slow to get started just because of the time it takes to get everyone on and off the Ferris wheel. That’s not a complaint though — I think it’s a good thing. The slow start allows you to soak up the views. The entire ride (including the time it takes to get people on and off) lasted 25 minutes, and I’m told that’s the average time for a cruise on ‘The Great Wheel’.

View from 'The Seattle Great Wheel'

A view of Seattle from ‘The Great Wheel’

The wait time to get on the Ferris wheel is a much different story. There are actually two lines you have to wait in: one to buy tickets ($13 + tax for adults, $11 for seniors, $8.50 for children 4-11, while kids 0-3 are free (although they still need a ticket)), and the other to get on ‘The Great Wheel’. I highly recommend buying your tickets online to save time (that way you can skip the ticket line and just wait for the ride instead). I rode ‘The Great Wheel’ on a Monday (after buying my tickets in advance — allowing me to skip at least 70 people in the ticket line) and only had to wait about 20 minutes to get on the ride.

I want to pass along one small warning, especially to those of you who want to ride in a gondola alone. If ‘The Great Wheel’ is busy (which it has been since it opened) and you don’t have a group large enough to fill a gondola (they seat eight), you likely have to ride in a cabin with other people. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing (I rode with a nice family visiting from Houston); I’m just letting you know that’s how it works.

I’ve heard mixed reviews on ‘The Great Wheel’. Some say it’s overpriced and/or the ride isn’t long enough, while others rave about their experience. I’ll say this — if you’re a local you might not enjoy the Ferris wheel as much as a tourist, but ultimately, I think everyone should take at least one spin on Seattle’s newest attraction.

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Meeting, Watching Allen Stone Perform Live In Seattle

I can’t say I listen to a ton of soul music, but Allen Stone is definitely starting to push me into the soul scene. I was already a big fan of Stone before this week, but after meeting him and watching him perform live, I’m a huge fan of Allen Stone now.

Allen Stone Easy Street Records SeattleI just caught Allen Stone at a free in-store performance at Easy Street Records in Seattle. Even though it was a hot, crammed, little music store, it was an awesome atmosphere for a show. There were honestly no more than 350 people in the building, and Stone treated it like any other large venue he’s rocked. The store apparently told Stone he could only play for 30 minutes, but Stone says he told them “f%#@ that” and played for more than an hour and twenty minutes.

Stone played most of his own stuff  from his rereleased self-titled debut album (‘Celebrate Tonight‘, ‘Sleep‘, etc.), but he also strayed off the beaten path a couple of times. The first time Allen Stone covered ‘Six Years’ by Tingsek (a song that’s actually on his vinyl album), and the second time he rocked ‘Is This Love‘ by Bob Marley. Aside from the end of the show, Stone received his biggest ovation after ’Is This Love’. The crowd literally brought (or nearly brought) Stone to tears.

This is video I shot of Allen Stone rocking ‘Six Years’ at the performance…

I’ve listened to Allen Stone’s album too many times now (because it’s rad), but I honestly think Stone is even better live than he is on CD. You don’t lose anything in his live performance (the guy still has killer pipes) like you might with some musicians. In fact, I think you gain a lot watching Allen Stone live. His music has tons of feeling (as does most soul music — hence the name), but you can really see the feeling when Stone is on stage. Plus, it’s cool to see such a quirky dude rock a microphone.

Allen Stone keeps the crowd jamming throughout his show as well. Whether it was asking you to be background singers for ‘Say So’ (Say so! Say so! Say so!), grabbing a loved one for ‘Your Eyes’, or even forcing you to dance (he says it’s something he does at every show), Stone keeps you active during his performance. The best word to describe it — fun.

Tim Lewis KOMO Allen Stone Tove Tupper SeattleAfter the show Stone met with fans for pictures and autographs. He said he wanted to meet everyone — whether they wanted to hug him or slap him in the face. I didn’t wait for him after the show, because I actually ran into Allen Stone on the streets of Seattle. My friend Tove and I were strolling down 5th Avenue when we spotted Stone outside of a store. I’m not one to make a big deal about celebrities, but I have a mutual friend with Stone, so we went up to say hello. The guy is awesome. He’s just a normal dude who loves to sing. He’s definitely getting more popular though, because several people approached him on the street before and after us.

I have a feeling a year from now Allen Stone won’t be this easy to access. He’s now signed with Dave Matthew’s record label ATO Records, and his career is ready for take off. I can’t imagine Stone will be playing too many more music stores in Seattle anytime soon. It’s fun to meet/see a guy before he gets big — and BIG is definitely in Allen Stone’s future.

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You’re Never Too Old For The Zoo

I’ve determined that you’re never too old to enjoy the zoo. In fact, I think you appreciate the zoo even more when you’re an adult compared to when you’re a kid. You think it’s normal to see wild animals up close and personal when you’re young, but as you grow older you realize how rare it is to catch a glimpse of these beasts in person.

I have a couple of examples to back up my theory: I was at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle a few weeks ago, and I heard a little boy tell his parents that he wanted to go home because “this place is dull.” Not long after that I took my nephew to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma. He would get excited about the animals at first, but then often lost interest after a few seconds. On the other hand, I stared, and stared, and stared in awe at the creatures for several minutes at a time. That might mean that I’m a dork — or a terrible uncle — but I can’t help it. I love the zoo!

Here are some of the pictures I snapped on my recent adventures to the Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. I posted these on Instagram — be sure to follow me @AllAroundTim!

BUDGIE

Budgie Buddies Tacoma Point Defiance Zoo

ELEPHANTS

Elephant Pt Defiance Zoo Tacoma

Elephant Seattle Zoo Woodland Park

GIRAFFE

Giraffe Seattle Zoo Woodland Park

GRIZZLY BEAR

Grizzly Bear Seattle Zoo Woodland Park

LEMURS

Cuddling Lemurs Pt Defiance Zoo Tacoma

LEOPARD

Leopard Seattle Zoo Woodland Park

MEERKATS

Meerkats Zoo In Tacoma | Pt Defiance

POISON DART FROGS

Poison Dart Frogs Woodland Park Zoo Seattle

POLAR BEAR

Polar Bear Pt Defiance Zoo Tacoma

SHARK

Shark Point Defiance Aquarium Tacoma

How often can you get right next to a grizzly bear, leopard and shark all in one place? Nowhere — except for a zoo (and aquarium). I think it would be incredible to see all of these animals in the wild (and some of them I have), but in most cases that takes lots of money and really good timing — many of these animals are endangered; that’s why they’re in a zoo.

This world is filled with amazing creatures — don’t miss them! Young or old, the zoo is the best place to soak the entire animal kingdom in.

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Starting My Dream Job In Seattle

Just like any other little boy, I wanted to be a professional athlete when I grew up. Luckily, I’m a realist, so once I noticed I didn’t have the skill, size, or athletic ability to make it to the pros — or even sniff college athletics for that matter — I decided to focus my dreams elsewhere. It didn’t take long for me to decide what I wanted to do; I wanted to become a sportscaster (because it’s the next best thing to being an athlete) — and I really wanted to be a sports guy in Seattle.

Dan Lewis | Tim Lewis

My dad and me at a Chicago Blackhawks game

Working on television in Seattle wasn’t just a random idea; I kind of stole it. My dad is longtime KOMO 4 News anchor Dan Lewis. I was always in awe of what he did (and honestly — I’m still in awe of what he does today). I actually remember sitting on the news desk at KOMO during an elementary school field trip, staring at the lights and cameras, and hearing voices blaring through the IFBs (aka earpieces) left behind by the anchors. It was incredible! That was the first time I thought to myself, “This is what I want to do when I get big.”

As I grew older, I held onto that goal. There was never a doubt in my mind that I wanted to become a sportscaster. That dream led me to Washington State University. Aside from the fact that I had terrible grades in high school, and my brother and sister both went to WSU, the nationally recognized Edward R. Murrow School of Communication seemed like the perfect fit for me. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. Washington State gave me everything I needed to start my career.

I’ve been very lucky to call several cities home along the way. I was most recently in Spokane, spending five years of my life there. I love Spokane. The people are incredible (they’re some of the most passionate sports fans I’ve ever met), the city and surrounding areas are beautiful, and my television station (KREM) was great to me. I honestly could have spent the rest of my life in Spokane, but that wasn’t my plan — it wasn’t my dream — Seattle was.

Tim Lewis & Cole Prill

My nephew and me at a fundraising event in Seattle

I love my family. They’re not only my blood, but they’re also my best friends. Over the 13 years I’ve lived away from home pursuing my dream, I missed my family like hell. It always ripped my heart out when I had to leave them, or when I couldn’t be with them for holidays (the news never rests), etc. I wanted more than anything to be close to them again. I also wanted to be near my friends. I built strong relationships when I was younger, and then I had to leave everyone behind. That was never easy for me.

The perfect storm came to a head a little more than a month ago. The weekend sports anchor/sports reporter position opened at KOMO. Everything that I ever wanted — working in Seattle, with my dad, near friends and family — was finally sitting in front of me. I quickly applied for the job opening, and not too long after that — I was hired! It was the most amazing feeling in the world. I’ve worked my tail off to get to this point, but every hour of overtime I worked (and didn’t put on my time card because I was “paying my dues”), every missed holiday, every second away from my family all finally paid off. I hate to sound clichéd, but dreams really do come true if you fight, scratch and claw for them.

The first day of my new job at KOMO is today. Just like an athlete, I feel like I made it to the big leagues. I get to cover the Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders, etc., for a living. It still feels surreal to me. I can’t believe I get to walk into work today and see my dad sitting in the office. At some point the two of us will be on the desk together. That’s something we’ve talked/dreamed about for years. That moment is now going to happen (yes, it’s actually going to happen — I still need to remind myself this isn’t a dream) sooner rather than later. It’s crazy to think about.

Tim Lewis KOMO

Getting comfortable with my new surroundings at KOMO

My drive, ambition and passion doesn’t end where this dream does. I’m going to walk into KOMO today rocking and rolling. I’ve had more than a month off (travelling to Europe and Chicago), so I’m itching to get back to work. I’d love for you to join me on this adventure. You can watch me every weekend on KOMO 4 News and/or you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTubeGoogle+, and now Pinterest as well.

I always try my best to be a glass-half-full kind of guy. There’s no effort needed right now. I’m as full as I’ve ever been. Life is good and only keeps getting better!