Friday, November 9, 2018

#IceCream and #Hiking - #SaturdaySnapshot

If you've visited my blog before, you know I go on walks and hikes with the Auburn (Washington) Senior Activity Center. However, I probably haven't mentioned our reward for all that physical activity. After each outing we stop for ice cream! 

Here are photos of a few of the ice cream parlors we've visited recently. We've all agreed that while McDonald's or Dairy Queen would be acceptable in a pinch, high-end ice cream is our preference. We gladly detour miles out of our way to enjoy first-class treats.
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At C. C. Espresso and Creamery, on Main Street, Duvall, Washington, I had espresso flavored ice cream. A kid-sized portion was plenty big!




Every time we hike in (or near) Mount Rainier National Park, a stop at Wapiti Woolies is a must. Their ice cream menu includes huckleberry scoops and sundaes, as well as marionberry sorbet. I've tried both flavors, and they're equally delicious. (They have a fantastic selection of hats, gloves, t-shirts, and other necessities, too.)



The most recent addition to our list of ice cream possibilities is Bliss Creamery, located in University Park, Tacoma. They have unusual flavors that I haven't seen anywhere else. After tastes of the lemon ginger poppyseed and pistachio nut flavors, I settled on cardamom apple pear. Delicious!


As we near the senior center after a long day on the trails, we know we can always stop at Gosanko Chocolate in downtown Auburn. Their primary business is chocolates, but they have a pretty good selection of ice cream, too. I love their butter pecan.




Yummy!

With all the ice cream I've had with the walking/hiking group, it's a good thing we get plenty of exercise to offset some of the calories, isn't it?





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Friday, October 19, 2018

Lord Hill, #Snohomish County, WA - #SaturdaySnapshot

Recently hikers from the Auburn Senior Activity Center traveled north to Snohomish County to explore Lord Hill Regional Park. Lucky for us, the weather cooperated and we enjoyed a crisp, sunny autumn day.
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Our hike took us along shaded paths beneath towering trees. 




As planned, the group meandered along the Main Trail and River Trail to arrive at the banks of the Snoqualmie River in time for lunch. Salmon splashing in the water provided our entertainment. I wish I'd been able to get a picture of one. 


Because the trails are shared with horses, we had to watch where we stepped. However, we saw only a few equestrians and bike riders during our outing. The trails, intersections, and distances were well marked.




We returned to our starting point in the northwest corner of the park and then decided to walk a little farther on the Beaver Lake Trail. Unfortunately, we didn't see any animals on this hike, but we heard frogs croaking and birds chirping in the marsh. Altogether we walked about 5.5 miles.

For more info and photos of Lord Hill Regional Park, link here:
Friends of Lord Hill
Washington Trails Assoc. - Lord Hill








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Friday, October 12, 2018

Sculpture - #SaturdaySnapshot

Some of the walks I take with the Auburn Senior Activity Center are in urban areas--alongside lakes, in parks, on city sidewalks. Here are a few photos of sculptures I've seen along the way.

In Olympia, Washington:



"From the Sea"
Artist: Hugh Bucholz
Medium: Silicon Bronze

"Pendant Mandala"
Artist: Kenneth Hall
Medium: Welded Steel and Fused Glass 
(Glass by Kathleen Heidenreich)
 

"Diver"
Artist: Kevin Au
Medium: Stainless Steel


"Motherhood"
Artist: Simon Kogan
Medium: Cast Bronze
Date Acquired: 10/1/1999
Location: Percival Landing at Thurston Avenue

Near the Kirkland, Washington, waterfront (Lake Washington): 


Unfortunately, I couldn't find any information about the artist who created this sculpture.

Leap Frog
Bronze
Artist: Prince Monyo Mihailescu-Nasturel
Location: Marsh Park, 6605 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Gift from the Danz family, 1991


Centennial Fountain
Bronze
Artist: James Fitzgerald
Location: Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza
Gift funded by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), King County Arts Commission,
Community Friends, and International Rotary

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Mount St. Helens - Odds & Ends - #SaturdaySnapshot

These random photos, taken during my three-day hiking adventure at Mount St. Helens, don't fit into a specific category. I've labeled them "Odds and Ends." 
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We followed this logging truck for quite a ways. I thought the juxtaposition of the logs on the truck and the clear-cut hillside to the left of the road, along with the stand of trees up ahead, made an interesting picture.



I always wonder what caused huge rock outcroppings like the one below. It's not far from Mount St. Helens. Was it the result of the volcano's eruption?


The view of Spirit Lake (Mount St. Helens) from Windy Ridge. The white mass on the lake is made up of logs.



I decided NOT to climb to the top of the observation area at Windy Ridge.


A casualty of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. The car's owners perished in a nearby cabin during the eruption. More info about this story and the area HERE.




The trip to Mount St. Helens was a lot of fun, and I'm already looking forward to next summer's adventure. I wonder where the senior center will take me!



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