Friday, August 17, 2018

Spunky Girl - #SaturdaySnapshot

The hikes and walks I've been on recently have been repeats, and I've already posted photos from their high points. So today I'm posting a couple of pictures of my adventurous granddaughter. She's seven years old.

Rock climbing at Auburn's Rec Center.


Ziplining at Northwest Trek



Tackling the mud pit at an obstacle course (at age 5)


I'm a lucky grandma to have this wonderful girl in my life.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Emmons Overlook, #MountRainier - #SaturdaySnapshot

Last week I posted a picture of the White River near Greenwater, WA. Several days after that excursion, I joined the senior center group for a hike in Mount Rainier National Park and got a view of the White River at its source - the Emmons Glacier. (Click on photos to enlarge.) 


Our first good look at the Emmons Glacier
and the small lake below it.
A shady spot for lunch with a gorgeous view.
Our hike had only 300 feet of elevation gain, but the starting altitude of 6,400 feet made the air a little thin. The trail to the overlook wasn't difficult, except for the last stretch that led to this viewpoint. Whew!
The view was worth the climb. That ribbon of white (lower left) 

is the White River. The lake really is that color.
Beauty - no matter which way we looked.
This trail was more fun to walk down
than up. We kicked up a lot of dust, too.
We took a short detour to explore Shadow Lake.

A selfie to prove I was there.
I love my new hat.
Even though I've lived in Washington State for fifteen years, I never tire of the sight of magnificent Mount Rainier. It takes my breath away! The views on this hike were truly amazing and worth the uphill trek.






More about Mount Rainier's glaciers and the Emmons Glacier in particular here: Glaciers
Info and map of hiking trails from the Sunrise Visitor Center here: Sunrise Area Trails



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Friday, July 27, 2018

Federation Forest State Park - A #Walk Among Giants - #SaturdaySnapshot

The official park service website describes Federation Forest State Park this way:

Federation Forest is a 574-acre day-use park with hundreds of acres of old-growth Douglas-fir trees, mature western hemlock, Sitka Spruce, and western red cedar. Its short, flat interpretive trails make the park an ideal destination for families with children.


The park is also the perfect place for a 3-mile senior center walk and picnic lunch. [Click on photos to enlarge.]



The trail names alone are enough to lure walkers and hikers into the park. Who could resist "Whispering Hemlocks" or "Wind in the Woods?"


We walked past towering giants that had been downed by fierce winds.


This stairway led us to a scenic picnic area alongside the White River. According to info I found online:
The White River is a white, glacial river in the U.S. state of Washington. It flows about 75 miles (121 km) from its source, the Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier, to join the Puyallup River at Sumner.



The white color is the result of glacial runoff.


On the way home, we stopped for a reward for our activity - delicious ice cream on the deck at Wapiti Woolies.







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Friday, July 20, 2018

#Kayaks - #SaturdaySnapshot

This has been a busy and active month for me! The highlight of the past week came on Monday when I joined six intrepid adventurers from the senior center on a kayaking trip. 

This was my first attempt at kayaking, though I'd been a passive passenger on a two-person kayak once before. I'll admit I was a little bit apprehensive. Maneuvering the sleek narrow boat turned out to be much easier than I'd anticipated. Since I was afraid I'd drop my phone into the water (it was sealed in a plastic bag), I didn't take any pictures from the boat. Here's what I saw when we stopped for a rest halfway through our "voyage."
[Click on photos to enlarge.]


Our helpful guide taught us how to properly sit in the canoe, how to paddle, and how to turn, using the paddle and the rudder. At first, I held my breath every time the kayak wobbled, but after a while, I became more comfortable with the motion of the waves. The hardest parts for me were maintaining proper posture while in the kayak (legs in ballet's pliĆ© position for stability) and getting in and out of the small opening. (I have long legs.)


Mount Baker looks like a puffy white cloud on the horizon.


We saw quite a few eagles along the shoreline. They nest in trees near beach houses. Wish I could have taken a photo of one of them, but they didn't fly by until we were out in the water. One circled overhead as we headed back to the dock.


The reward for our vigorous exercise? Lunch at Doc's Marina Grill. My rockfish tacos were delicious. (There were three but I ate one before I remembered to take a picture.)


I wish we'd had time to explore Port Townsend's historic downtown, restored Victorian structures, and lighthouse. I'd love to stay in Manresa Castle, too. Looks like I have another weekend getaway to add to my bucket list.







Links to more info:
Port Townsend Tourism Guide




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