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31 July 2016 @ 02:12 pm
So the Cascade Loop is a road trip that takes about 9 hours of driving time and fills it with 4 or 5 days worth of stuff to do and things to see. It gives a traveler a broad overview of the climate and surroundings of Washington, and is generally pretty awesome. Chad and I are thinking of making it an annual thing -- there's enough stuff to do that we can pick one or two "destinations" on the Loop and spend the rest of the time camping and enjoying the scenery. :D

We took the Loop clockwise, basically, starting with the ferry to Whidbey Island and then mostly following HWY 20 around. We stopped and camped the first night in Newhalem, in the North Cascades National Park, which was chilly and mountainous and covered in pine trees. Then we drove through the touristy old west town of Winthrop to an AirBnB in Wenatchee, which is in the part of Washington full of scrubby desert and heat and vineyards and orchards. The third day we backtracked to take a swim in Lake Chelan, which is, no lie, the most beautiful water I've ever seen -- the lake was so clear, and so blue, it looked tropical even though it was JUST the right side of too cold. (this was very welcome, because our van doesn't have working A/C, and that side of Washington, like I said before, is HOT). There were ducks swimming around with us, Mallards I think, bobbing along and staying just out of reach of the kids in the water. Then we went through some more rocky mountains and over some impressive curves before camping for the night at Moneycreek, in the Mt. Baker-Snowqualmie National Forest. It's an old growth forest, full of massive Red Cedars and hoary, moss covered Fir. Really impressive, we'll definitely be back -- I didn't get many good pictures there, because the light was too low for my slow old workhorse camera. Next year, maybe. The fourth day we did a bit more sightseeing and touristy stuff, and then we came home!

Here are some of the best pictures:

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26 July 2016 @ 11:15 am
 I am back from a weekend road trip  -- the Cascade Loop is gorgeous, y'all.  :D  

I will not be reading up on the backlog on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr, etc etc etc.  Presumably the world didn't actually implode without me watching for the last four days or so.

I will put up pictures, once I tweak the results of some exposure/color issues my old camera seems to be having.  I had so much fun!  I want to show you things!  <3

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06 July 2016 @ 06:28 am
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23 May 2016 @ 01:28 pm
 These are great.  I think I know a few people who might appreciate them.  :D

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28 April 2016 @ 09:09 pm
 A chilly, breezy, pale grey sort of day -- the sort of day where the colors in the flowers and trees (and there are so many flowers here, so many trees.  So many . . . flowering trees . . .) seem to seep into your eyes.  Portrait light, my old teacher used to call it.  Diffuse and beautiful.  We went down to Mukilteo Landing for some clam chowder and fish and chips, and walked along the beach again, to see it when it's not bright and sunny.  

The tide was coming in.  The waves were loud, the water choppy.  There were crab shells washed up on the rocks, and mussels, dark and shining in the sand.

  

  

  

  
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25 April 2016 @ 11:04 am
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11 March 2016 @ 08:50 pm
 Devin Townsend's got some cool stuff out there, and this collaboration with Che Aimee Dorval is fantastic.  I would play this going through hyperspace on my way to the 15th station on my route . . . 


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15 February 2016 @ 11:43 pm
I still haven't really had time to sit down and load some pictures (or to take a whole lot, actually) but I did get a few!

Most of the differences I've felt come from, I think, the flora - there are various kinds of evergreens EVERYWHERE. And moss. Lots and lots of moss. I love it -- everything looks so green. Also, I've only seen a handful of pigeons, and a couple of chickadees. Mostly, there are crows, and three or four different kinds of seagulls. (Chad is not fond of birds -- they kind of freak him out -- but I LOVE them. And I really like the sound sea gulls make.) ALSO I can see mountains! Not from my apartment, and not on cloudy days, of which there are many. But they're there! It's all still very novel and amazing. :D

The other day (last week? sometime a bit ago) we went to Mukilteo for some fish and chips. It's gorgeous! And nearby! I want to go back all the time. :D Basically, that's where the ferry to Whidbey Island is. Very coastal, very . . . fishing town-esque. This day, it was super foggy, and the ferries (coming and going) were blowing their horns at each other. I love the sound of fog horns.

There were a bunch of crows and seagulls and gannets? Maybe gannets. Some sort of black, long necked water birds . . .

Also, the fish was SO GOOD. SO good.
photo dumpCollapse ) Anyway, photo dump over for now.  At some point I'll load up some that are filtered and cleaned up a bit, because this place is really very lovely, and deserves to be shown off a bit.  But for now, these unedited (dirty lensed) shots are what I've got!

ALSO, FOR ANYONE WHO MAY BE IN THE AREA IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

I'm mostly off work on Fridays and Saturdays -- and I think i could get at least some time off during the rest of the week with some advanced notice.  So if you want to meet up any day that's not a Friday/Saturday let me know as soon as you can!  :D





 
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06 February 2016 @ 11:18 pm
 So, y'all should know, I'm happily ensconced in Everett, WA, slowly making this apartment my home with my husband.  :D  It's going quite well so far!

I'll be throwing up some pictures once i have time to take some -- due to scheduling issues due to moving in halfway through a pay cycle, I'm currently in the middle of a 9 day work week -- but until then, just know that I'm alive!  And any and all of you are welcome to crash on our couch should you find yourself in Everett.  

<3 <3 <3

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13 January 2016 @ 10:19 pm
 I got a lovely card today!  Thank you, [personal profile] sylvaine ! This entry was originally posted at http://theladysnarkydame.dreamwidth.org/41307.html. You can comment there if you prefer.