Simply going outside to enjoy a sunset and knowing others are there to do the same can give you the best feeling.
1. Cormorants perched in the foreground of Mount Baker.
2. The Edmonds ferry to Kingston. A $30 round trip got me front row views. Step outside even when it’s windy and keep your eyes open, you may see a whale. I saw a gray whale breaching as we were departing back to Edmonds at 2:30, unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture it. It was a spectacular thing to see.
3. My view of the Olympics for a half hour.
4. Mount Rainier over Seattle in the far off distance.
5. A view from Point no point of the Cascade mountains from the beach. Look closer at the shore, what at first looks like waves are actually gulls.
6. Point no point lighthouse.
7. A photo I like to call “Perspective”. A close up boulder and waves with a tiny silhouette of Seattle in the background, with (if you can see the shadow) a giant Mount Rainier making us all feel so small.
1. Treating myself to a cold Java Chip because it was sunny in Seattle
2. Sunshine welcome to Snoqualmie Falls*
3. The falls, used to create hydroelectric power
4. Hipster parents off the path.
5. Interpretative sign. This park had a lot of great informational signs, but I seemed to be the only one stopping to read them!
6. New baby plants outside my window, hoping they are tulips!
*I had originally planned on writing a hike review, but it didn’t turn out to be a typical hike. Instead, a place where I’m glad so many people were. I work at a mall and always feel upset when parking lots are full and wish people would get outside. The Snoqualmie parking lot was almost completely full and there were crowds everywhere (I enjoy hikes where it’s just me and the trail). I realized this place was perfect for families to go to get their kids into nature, possibly learn, or just be outside. I’m glad all these folks weren’t out on trails like Mount Washington, which I’ll write a review for at some point, but they weren’t at the mall, which makes me feel hopeful about our future. Places like Snoqualmie falls have so many opportunities to teach people about stewardship and the importance of our natural resources. And hopefully the children will want to grow up to preserve places like this and ones that are less visited, but definitely just as important.
Happy Monday everyone!
“If all the roads lead home where are we now?” –Lyric by Chris Dorman
I suppose home. Home has been a difficult thing for me to define over the past few years. This past June I moved to Seattle. Summer in Seattle is amazing. Events any given day, hiking galore, mountain views at every turn, free yoga nights, parks upon parks, the Puget Sound and SUNSHINE.
I loved life and was the happiest here, the happiest I had felt in awhile. Confident that I would be able to make friends and just got out there. Things this winter have not been so easy. I’ve had difficulty finding a good place to live, haven’t made as many friends as I’d hoped (really haven’t made any new ones) and it’s so grey all the time. I’m really thankful for the people I do have here, but it’s not often I get to see them. Conflicting work schedules and such. I’ve enjoyed lots of coffee and new restaurants and had some really special people come to visit. Now that they are gone I just feel a bit lost. Not sure if I should let the road take me somewhere else (Colorado? California? Thailand? New Zealand? Back to the midwest?), or learn to deal with this transition and keep fighting through until I can call this place a home.