A royally good time

July 22, 2014

Issaquah couple’s trip to the outback mirrors William and Kate’s itinerary

Issaquah residents Mary Lorna and Walt Meade have returned from a 31-day tour of Australia and New Zealand, following an itinerary almost identical to that of the royal couple William and Kate.

No strangers to international adventure, Walt and Mary Lorna found themselves with a month sabbatical and a list of potential destinations.

“We thought to ourselves, what is the furthest we could possibly go,” Mary Lorna said. “We’ve done Italy, Paris, London, and with Egypt and Africa posing safety concerns, we settled on Australia.”

Contributed Walt and Mary Lorna Meade visit with the kangaroos of Kangaroos Island, Australia.

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Walt and Mary Lorna Meade visit with the kangaroos of Kangaroos Island, Australia.

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Issaquah native is finalist for Juantaroo’s chief world explorer

October 13, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 13, 2013

Issaquah native Annie Cheng is one step closer to securing what is being described as the “best job around the world.”

Cheng is a top-50 finalist for Jauntaroo.com’s chief world explorer, earning a chance to be sent around the world and blog about the adventure.

She passed through the first round of voting, after her introduction video received more than 17,000 likes.

For the second round, applicants had to feature their hometowns. In her video, Cheng visited the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and made a jump with Seattle Paragliding.

The public can view, and then like, Cheng’s video here.