I’ve gotten in this new habit of taking an afternoon off from the 9-5 to go adventure off in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With so many destinations within a few hours’ drive, it seems wasteful not to. It transforms a day from a morning of meetings to an afternoon of outdoor bliss. This time, I took to the mountain with my favorite adventure and photography friend Mary Jo. We decided on a simple hike to the Fremont Fire Lookout. What was supposed to be a casual 5 mile hike, proved to be more difficult for us than expected. Lots of breaks for “photos” and conversation made the trip much easier. Once we reached our destination, we celebrated with a libation and a lot of photo taking. Back down was much easier, with many stops to take in the gorgeous Mountain Sunset and wildlife. It may have been dark when we got back to the car, but we both agreed it was worth the adventure.
It was time for a vacation around our house last week. We have been working machines for the last few months and it was time to pack up and check out for a bit. We took to Lower Lewis River Falls with our favorite camping companions for our annual camping trip to enjoy the fire glow, camp meals, beautiful scenery, and of course fun & laughter. The weather was kind, the water was crisp, and the views were unforgettable.
After several weeks of hard work with my day job, I needed to take a few days off to disconnect from the everyday and get some extra adventuring in. I took to the Columbia River Gorge with my favorite companion and her2 year old (also my favorite) for a day of hiking.
We decided on Wahkeena Falls to get our PNW fix, knowing that half the vertical hike was paved. This made it “easier” with a little one strapped to my dear friend’s back. With several switchbacks and several goldfish crackers, we made it to Fairy Falls. The water was pristine and the moss and ferns were the most beautiful shades of green. All I could say the entire way up was, “This place is magic- and we live here”. What could have been made into a large loop hike, we made our finale the falls and made our way back down the trail, since hiking with a little one can be tricky. A quick zip to the Eastwind Drive In for a bite and HUGE ice cream cones for all and we were feeling like the day was the perfect amount of adventure and friendship.
I had a birthday this week. A pretty significant one in fact. Another year passing is another year of adventures and memories. A group of my favorite people (including a surprise appearance of the natural ginger) joined in the celebration and we spent some time downtown. A night of food, drinks, laughter and salsa music made it a birthday well spent. With everyone coming in from everywhere, we seemed to find ourselves at Pike Place Market more than a few times. Is it the food? Or the atmosphere? My Secret answer? Mini Donuts from The Daily Dozen
I have been wanting to get out into the woods a lot more lately it seems. My house needs some major attention in the cleaning department, but I keep finding really important things that seem to take priority. There are plenty of wet days ahead to take care of the “have to’s”, so I plan on taking advantage of the less rainy days to enjoy what is outside in this corner of the world- the Pacific Northwest and my backyard.
I can’t seem to get out of the greens lately. I have been fixated on greenery and plants. I promise to branch out (pun totally intended) with my photography now that the weather is cooperating. I am cooking up some projects to keep the creativity flowing.
This week brought me to Wright Park Arboretum and the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma. I met up with a fellow photographer, Mary of Mary Jo Photography to catch up and to talk photography, business, and adventures. She was even able to take a new “about me” photo for the blog here. She’s the best- she brings life and fun to her photos- and does weddings! Check her out.
Back to the Conservatory- this place is a small hidden little gem in the center of a busy city. The glass and green seem to come out of no where. It opened in 1908 by a local park commissioner as a gift to the city. It holds beautiful Victorian details that are covered in shades of green. While small, it is worth the $3 admission to take it in. I found every texture in the book and the subtle humidity and warmth was welcomed on a spring day.