Wednesday, September 18, 2013

~~Off to the Islands~~

Anacortes, Washington, is known for the Washington State Ferries dock and terminal serving Lopez Island, Shaw Island, Orcas Island, Sand Juan Island, as well as Victoria, British Columbia.

Sunrise at Anacortes....


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

~~Manzanar~~ A MUST READ... A MUST PASS ALONG!



Manzanar is most widely known as the site of one of ten camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Located at California's Owens Valley between the towns of Lone Pine to the south and Independence to the north.

Manzanar, which means "apple orchard" in Spanish, was identified by the United States National Park Service as the best-preserved of the former camp sites, and is now the Manzanar National Historic Site, which preserves and interprets the legacy of Japanese American incarceration in the United States.



Many years ago, I heard this Tom Paxton folk song...and it touches me today as it touched me then.  I passed through Manzanar, California, recently and have to share this lesson that no one teaches us in history class...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqd-Kh_zpdA


~~Pike Market~~

This truly was a highlight of the trip, Pike Market in Seattle. Loved, loved, LOVED it!  Can't wait to go back! If I lived in Seattle, this would be my hiding place!






Iconic signage....



And, of course, the famous fish mongers....





Take a look at them....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC7DCgzRMvY

The sights, sounds....and yes...the smells...




I especially loved the early morning hour before the market opened...the peaceful anticipation of the daily hustle! 



Peek at the street performers.... As completely ridiculous as it sounds, Pike Market is truly a very happy place!




This is the original Starbuck's logo... It was changed because it was deemed offensive to more than half of all coffee customers!



Watch cheese being made!









                                ~~The famous Ferris wheel on Pier 57~~


                                                     
                                                        I LOVE SEATTLE!
                                         (Tossed salad and scrabbled eggs....)

Monday, September 16, 2013

~~Kingston to Edmonds--Ferry to Seattle~~

Since 1951, the Washington Ferry System has been toting people and their vehicles across the Puget Sound from Kingston to Edmonds.





Monday, September 9, 2013

~~Beary Interesting Evenings~~

I woke up one morning and went to take the puggle for his walk and found this.  Why in the world would we leave the "basement" compartment door open overnight?  It quickly dawned on me that we hadn't, but instead had a visitor. 

A certain someone gingerly opened the latch and helped themselves to an entire 20-lb bag of premium doggy chow and another 20-lb bag of premium kitty chow!  


I assume three culprits visited, as there were three "generous" piles of skat (for those of you that do not know...skat is poop!) left behind.  Nice.



The men in the rig next door came over to admire the monstrous size of the skat, while the women stayed in...screaming!

The next evening, one could only assume that the visitors would return, given that this was a winner evening for them....

Yep!  Momma was a huge gal...probably 500-600 pounds...and this baby was "only" 300 or so...







Saturday, September 7, 2013

~~Seattle, Part 1~~

Probably the best known symbol for Seattle, the Space Needle, was built for the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle Center. 

The observation deck, 520 feet into the sky, takes only 41 seconds to reach from ground level.






And the Great Seattle Wheel (Pier 57) opened in 2012 as the tallest Ferris wheel on the west coast at 175 feet. 







And Seattle has soul....the best advice ever!






~~Mount Rainier~~

Ascending to over 14,400 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier--a still-active volcano--may be the most iconic symbol of Washington state.







Friday, August 30, 2013

~~Port Angeles, Washington~~

Port Angeles, Washington, a GORGEOUS town, busies itself with tourism, logging, deep port transportation, the Olympic National Forest and more...much, much more!



The ferries are amazing water highways!





While doing a trek up to the Park, we spotted this baby.  How could you get mad at that?





And sometimes, when you ask yourself..."Hey, I wonder what is down that road?," you can discover things that others...less adventurous...may never see.  But that's okay...I'll share!



~~Ediz Hook, Port Angeles Coast Guard Post~~



....and this guy seems like he is feeling a bit lonely at present....



....Oh....did I even mention the amazing food in Port Angeles?



~~Olympic National Park~~

Just a few pictures of the rainforest.  It was interesting, but a bit underwhelming.  I expected dampness, the cacaws of strange birds, the noises of rare animals and an occasional monkey flying about the mossy trees....











You know...happiness is all about expectation management...and always remember that!




Tuesday, August 27, 2013

~~Astoria, Oregon~~

Astoria, a deep water port city, is situated on the south shore at the mouth the of the mighty Columbia River. The Astoria-Megler bridge stretches 4.2 miles across the river!









Patterned after the Trajan Column in Rome, the Astoria Column (125' feet tall) is the world's only large piece of memorial architecture made of reinforced concrete with a pictorial frieze in sgraffito technique. 



The column artwork illustrates the discovery of the Columbia River by Captain Robert Gray in 1792, the establishment of American claims to the Northwest Territory, the winning of the West and the arrival of the Great Northern Railway. 


And nearby is another gorgeous lighthouse, the North Head Lighthouse.



Established in 1898, North Head Lighthouse was erected where Cape Disappointment was meant to be. Because Cape Disappointment was mistakenly placed three miles south, shipwrecks were still occurring in the area around where North Head Lighthouse now stands.

And here is the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse....




~~Yaquina Bay, Oregon~~

Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon is small, yet mighty with charm and local flavor!

Its historic bridge may be one of the most recognizable on Highway 101.




The Yaquina Bay Light House, built in 1871, uniquely, has the living quarters attached to the beacon structure.



....and just down the road is the Heceta Light House....



Everything fishing, crabbing, boating and eating in the harbor!