Friday, November 3, 2017

Water Drums - Snoqualmie Valley Trail - #SaturdaySnapshots

Although my hikes and walks often feature similar scenery, there always seems to be one "something" that sets each adventure apart from the others. Recently, our group hiked five miles on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. What made it memorable? The "rain drums" at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center.
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After our hike on that rainy, windy day, we stopped at the shelter of the education center to eat our brown-bagged lunches. We didn't expect a symphony! Rain runoff from the center's roof had been directed into tubes and splashed down onto the drums. The rhythms created a delightful musical accompaniment to our meals.

Link for More Info:  Cedar River Watershed Education Center
Click on "Water Drum Video" on that page for a six-minute talk by the artist who created the water drums.





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Friday, October 27, 2017

Carpinito Brothers Pumpkins & Corn Maze - #SaturdaySnapshots

What's Halloween without pumpkins? We saw a gazillion at Carpinito Brothers and had a great time on a beautiful autumn day.
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There's more to this pumpkin patch than
just pumpkins! My husband and
granddaughter tackled the corn maze.

We went through the hay bale maze
more than once too.
Duck racing.
Slides are more fun when you
land in a pile of hay.
Most popular activity?
Playing in the corn bin.

How are you celebrating autumn?





More Info: Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Pioneer Farm - #SaturdaySnapshots

Recently I went on a field trip to the Pioneer Farm and Ohop Indian Museum (near Eatonville, Washington) with my granddaughter's school. Even with nonstop rain, we had a great time! Here's what we saw.
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Imagine studying with children of all ages
in a one-room schoolhouse.
Native-American women told about local plants and
animals and how they were used by their ancestors:
for sleeping mats, medicine, food, clothing, tools.

A rapt audience learns about life in pioneer days -
churning milk into butter, making biscuits, spinning
wool into yarn, and hundreds of other chores. 

My granddaughter thought washing
clothes was fun. 
How do you sew without electricity?
Foot power!
A blacksmith demonstrated his art.
Not so sure about milking that giant cow!
Most fun of all? Jumping into a pile of hay.




More info: Pioneer Farm Museum

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Pratt River Connector Trail - #SaturdaySnapshots

From the Auburn Senior Activity Center brochure:

PRATT RIVER CONNECTOR TRAIL
MILES: 6
RATING: 2

WTA* volunteers have been working on this trail for 3 years to provide hikers safe access to the Pratt River Trail. The trail crosses the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River turning right to connect with the Pratt River Trail. With an elevation gain of 100 feet the hike offers a relaxing riverside ramble. There are some creek crossings to challenge balance so trekking poles are recommended. 
*Washington Trails Association

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Our hike started by crossing this beautiful bridge
over the Middle Fork - Snoqualmie River
Much of the time we could see the river and
hear it in the background.
Mountains filled the horizon.

This rock path is evidence of the hard work
done by the WTA
We walked past huge rock formations.
This one had a cave at its base.
The WT
A built the steps on the far left.
We came around a bend and stopped in awe
at this magnificent view.
At times we walked through shaded woods.
We hiked along the trail for three miles, stopped to
eat lunch, and then turned around and headed back
.

Back across the bridge, headed home.

More info: HERE




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Friday, September 22, 2017

#Hike to Stan's Overlook - #SaturdaySnapshots

Last week the senior center group had scheduled a hike in the Sunrise section of Mount Rainier. However, smoke from wildfires still burning in the area made our leaders cancel that destination and opt for a hike to Stan's Overlook on Rattlesnake Mountain instead. That turned out to be a beautiful substitute for a perfect autumn day.
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Although this sign at the trailhead says Stan's Overlook
is 1.9 miles ahead, websites I researched gave
the distance as 2.5 miles (5 miles round trip). 

That's what my FitBit said and what it felt like to me!

The trail to Stan's Overlook led relentlessly upward -
not incredibly steep but with very few flat sections. 

We took occasional water breaks and paused to 
catch our breath along the way. 
I love the play of sunlight through the trees.
A hint of autumn was in the air and fallen leaves
dotted the trail. I started out wearing a fleece
hoodie but removed that layer as I warmed up.
View near Stan's Overlook.
I believe that's Mount Si.
Lunchtime, back near the trailhead.
This area is a City of Snoqualmie park.
Beautiful setting for a lunch break.

My FitBit says I covered 6.5 miles that day, but that includes walking around at home. By the way:


  • I searched online but was unable to learn the identity of "Stan" for whom the overlook is named.
  • There are no rattlesnakes on Rattlesnake Mountain. The story goes:  "The lake and nearby ridge are said to have gotten their inapt name from Seattle pioneer Arthur Denny when the rattle of seed pods on a nearby meadow frightened a road surveyor into thinking he was being attacked by a rattler. The surveyor didn't know there were no poisonous snakes in Western Washington."






More info:
 Rattlesnake Mountain, Washington Trails Association
Snoqualmie Point Park



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Half Broke Horses - #BookBeginnings on Friday and The #Friday56

I've been reading as much as ever lately but haven't been participating in The Friday 56 or Book Beginnnings on Friday in a long time. However, I enjoyed Half Broke Horses so much that I decided to jump back in. This is a novel based on memories from Jeannette Walls's mother, relating to the author's grandmother -- Lily Casey Smith. In the "Author's Note" section, Walls writes: "... since I have also drawn on my imagination to fill in details that are hazy or missing... the only honest thing to do is call the book a novel."


Book Beginnings on Friday:

     Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.
     It was late on an August afternoon, the air hot and heavy like it usually was in the rainy season. Earlier we'd seen some thunderheads near the Burnt Spring Hills, but they'd passed way up to the north. I'd mostly finished my chores for the day and was heading down to the pasture with my brother, Buster, and my sister, Helen, to bring the cows in for their milking. But when we got there, those girls were acting all bothered. Instead of milling around at the gate, like they usually did at milking time, they were standing stiff-legged and straight-tailed, twitching their heads around, listening.
     Buster and Helen looked up at me, and without a word, I knelt down and pressed my ear to the hard-packed dirt. There was a rumbling, so faint and low that you felt it more than you heard it. Then I knew what the cows knew -- a flash flood was coming.
     
The Friday 56 (Pages 56 and 156 were both blank, so I chose an excerpt from page 157):

     That well water tasted sweeter than the finest French liqueur. Some folks, when they struck it rich, liked to say that they were in the money, and that was how I felt - rich - only we were in the water.

Genre: Faction (fiction based on fact)
Book Length: 265 Pages (hardback)
Amazon Link: Half Broke Horses

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls's no nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town -- riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car ("I loved cars even more than I loved horses. They didn't need to be fed if they weren't working, and they didn't leave big piles of manure all over the place") and fly a plane. And, with her husband Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette's memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds -- against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn't fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa or Beryl Markham's West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix audiences everywhere.
 

              


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Photo tips - #SaturdaySnapshot

I came across a YouTube video giving five easy tips for improving your photos. It's worth a look: HERE.  One of the suggestions for better, more interesting photos is to shoot through something. The photographer also suggested: "Place objects in the frame that relate to it. Tell a story." Those two suggestions seem related to me. So, I decided to take a look at my photos and see if I could find examples of where I might have accidentally done those things. Here are a few possibilities.

This one was shot from a castle's ramparts along the Rhine River in Germany.


At the base of Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State's Cascade Mountains.


Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.


I took this photo of a platter of Ethiopian food during a recent dinner out. 
I'm not sure if I've accomplished what the guy in the video had in mind, 
but the items on the edges of the photo do relate - the  rolls of injera (bread) 
and the hands of the owner/server as she described each dish. Then there's
also my son's hand as he contemplates what he's going to reach for first!


Whether my photo "artistry" succeeded or not, it's fun to try techniques to make my pictures better.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Obstacles - #Hiking and Walking in the Pacific Northwest - #SaturdaySnapshots

I've been posting photos of the beautiful surroundings I've encountered in my walks and hikes with the Auburn Senior Activity Center group. To get to the awesome views, however, we often have to overcome obstacles.  (Click on photos for a closer look.)


Balance is important.
The logjam in the stream under this bridge 

is the biggest one I've ever seen.

Stepping carefully over  rocks. No one wants to
turn an ankle out in the boonies. Trekking poles help.

It takes stamina to reach this beautiful spot.
Sometimes we share the paths with
bicycles and horses
It's not all sunshine and blue skies!
We have to watch out for wildlife too!
The results are worth the effort.




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