Friday, July 13, 2018

Crystal Mountain Gondola, #MountRainier Natl Park, Washington - #SaturdaySnapshot

Another fun day in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! This excursion took us to Crystal Mountain Resort, near the northeast entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. We couldn't have picked a more perfect day to visit. 
(Click on photos to enlarge.)
We rode the gondola to the Summit Restaurant and
as we crested the hill, a glorious view of "The Mountain"
dominated the horizon. 
So magnificent that I couldn't 
resist taking a bunch of photos. 

The river looks white because it carries glacial melt.


Because the sky had few clouds and no haze, we were able to see all the major peaks (including, of course, the biggie -- Mount Rainier): Mount Adams, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount St. Helens (what's left of it!) 

That's snow-covered Mount Adams on the horizon.
It kinda looks like another cloud!
No matter which way we looked, we faced an awe-inspiring view.
Even the gondola mechanism didn't spoil this view.


Facts and Figures: Mt Rainier=14,410 feet

Perfect day.

Perfect views.
Good food.
Delightful company.
Who could ask for more?




Links to Resources: 
Crystal Mountain Resort / Gondola
Mount Rainier National Park



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Friday, July 6, 2018

Northwest Trek - #SaturdaySnapshots

Our granddaughter is spending most Wednesdays with us this summer, so we have lots of interesting plans in place. This past week we took her (and her mom) to Northwest Trek, Eatonville, WA, near Mount Rainier. The park features animals and birds native to the Pacific Northwest. Here are some photos from our adventure.





While my granddaughter did enjoy the birds and animals, the big attraction was the zipline. 




For more info about Northwest Trek, check out their website HERE.






Saturday Snapshots is hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads. 
To participate: 
Post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky on West Metro Mommy Read's website (link: HERE) Photos can be old or new and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Rollin' on the River - #Sasee Magazine

Sasee Magazine is featuring another one of my short stories in its July issue. This one is about a family canoe trip on the Neches River in Southeast Texas. I hope you enjoy the ride!

Here's the link: Rollin' on the River


Friday, June 22, 2018

#Seattle Stairs - #SaturdaySnapshots

Seattle is hilly. Back in the day, when people walked from place to place, staircases were built to help citizens navigate the hills. Recently, the Auburn Senior Activity Center hikers tackled some of these stairways in the city's Magnolia section. What a workout! My thighs and calves were sure sore afterwards.

The senior center brochure described our outing this way:



MAGNOLIA STAIRWAY HIKE
MILES: 5
RATING: 3
This hike offers spectacular views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, and the Olympics. Historic stairways provide 327 steps down and 405 steps up. The route winds through a variety of neighborhoods from high end custom view homes to post WWII housing. The longest flights of stairs connect Perkins Lane, site of destructive landslides, to Magnolia Blvd. After completing the entire hike we will have the opportunity to dine in one of the many Magnolia Village restaurants.

Here's a sample of the ups and downs we experienced on this cool, overcast day, as well as views along the way.






Some of the stairs led us to beautiful neighborhoods. 
I stopped to catch my breath after
climbing this. Whew!
Seattle Skyline
Some of the stairways are cloaked
in foliage.
It's always fun to come across a little free mailbox.
Cruise ships. Sailing for Alaska?



You'll find an interactive map of Seattle's stairways HERE.
Several books about Seattle's stairways have been published, too: 



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