Friday, February 16, 2018

Not Just Trees and Rivers - #Hiking - #SaturdaySnapshots

Although much of the joy of hiking comes from walking among beautiful trees and along pristine rivers, I've also encountered interesting man-made delights along the way. Here are photos of a few of them.
(Click on pictures for a closer look.)

Chair made from skis at Wapiti Woolies,
a shop on the road to Mount Rainier
A playground for seniors, near the senior center
at Lake Sammamish 
"Hip Hop" by Georgia Gerber
Bronze sculpture at Ruston Way, Tacoma
Sidewalk along Ruston Way, Tacoma
"The Kiss" by Richard Beyer
Percival Landing, Olympia, WA

Rusting remains of a logging saw
Clear Creek Trail, Silverdale, WA


Reminder: Seattle is a busy port.





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Monday, February 12, 2018

Miller's Valley - #TeaserTuesday and First Chapter / First Paragraph / Tuesday Intros

I've almost finished reading Miller's Valley, and I'm loving it. Here's the opening:

First Paragraph:
It was a put-up job, and we all knew it by then. The government people had hearings all spring to solicit the views of residents on their plans. That's what they called it, soliciting views, but every last person in Miller's Valley knew that that just meant standing behind the microphones set up in the aisle of the middle school, and then finding out afterward that the government people would do what they planned to do anyhow. Everybody was just going through the motions. That's what people do. They decide what they want and then they try to make you believe you want it, too.

And here's a Teaser from Page 166:
I guess there are times in your life that tell you what you're made of, the weeks after you bring a colicky baby home from the hospital, the year when you lose your job and the number on your checking account just gets smaller and smaller until it looks like it's going to wink out like daylight on a January afternoon. This was my time.

Synopsis:
For generations the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.” 

Genre:  Women's Fiction / Family Saga
Amazon Link: Miller's Valley
Book Length: 257 Pages (Trade Paperback)
Author Website: Anna Quindlen
NOTE: I picked up this book at a book-swap shelf.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Hansville Greenway Hike, #Kitsap Peninsula - #SaturdaySnapshots

After days of rain, the hiking group was lucky to have a partly sunny Friday for our hike. Here are a few photos from Hansville Greenway, Kitsap Peninsula, Washington. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Much of the hike followed wide paths.
They were clearly marked and easy to follow.
Can you see the face in this
mossy stump?
Our hike led us to a viewing platform
where we ate our lunch...
overlooking this marsh.
A beaver lodge!

A closer look at the forest floor along
the trail revealed this bright red wood. 

Yes, it really was that red.

Back in the tiny town of Hansville, we stopped
for ice cream at a cafe overlooking Puget Sound.
The land in the distance is Whidbey Island.







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Friday, February 2, 2018

Banff Ski Trip - #SaturdaySnapshots

Recently, the subject of downhill skiing came up. That prompted me to look up some photos taken long ago when my husband, son, and I would go skiing during the Christmas holidays almost every year. One of our most memorable trips was to Banff, Alberta, Canada, in December, 1991. Here are a few photos from that adventure. This was before the time of digital cameras, and these pictures aren't very sharp. The panoramic photos were taken with a disposable camera. (Click on photos to enlarge.)


We stayed in the historic Banff Springs Hotel,
first opened in 1888.

View from our room. I had to take two photos and
splice them together to capture the whole scene.


Here's the same view, taken when the hotel
first opened. I copied it from the hotel's website.

The hotel was decorated beautifully for Christmas,
including this gingerbread replica.
Frozen waterfall behind the hotel.
We skied at nearby Sunshine Village

This was the coldest I've ever been in my life.
I'm pretty sure I was shivering in this photo.

I tried skiing several years ago at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, and managed pretty well. However, I stayed on the beginner slopes. I'm not sure I'm up for a week in serious snow anymore!




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More info about Sunshine Village Ski ResortHERE




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