Washington

From Washington to Ohio.

The trip to Pennsylvania took us through Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and finally PA! I added a few new states to my “States I’ve Been To” list. Those would include North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. And do you know which states I hated? North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan! Michigan was the biggest offender. I’m sorry if you live there, but good grief it was a horrible drive! Never let me go there again!

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Dry Falls, Washington.

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Juniper was along for the ride.

 

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Old concrete.

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In Montana, white crosses along Route 2 mark where someone has died. This dangerous 70 MPH section of road has already taken 17 lives. SLOW DOWN!

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Big Sky Country.

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Continental Divide.

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We saw so many trains on the way to PA!

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There were plenty of stormy skies but they mostly stayed away. They were fun to watch from a distance though.

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Dino time!

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There’s an underground tour in Havre, Montana. This shot was taken while on the tour looking up at the sidewalk. The purple glass squares are inset in part of sidewalk.

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The underground tour took us through a dentist office, a saloon and even a brothel.

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Beautiful buildings in Havre.

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Clouds and cows.

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This gorgeous church is in Montana!

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Cowboy Bar. Cowboys and old neon? Heck yes! I love me some cowboys.

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“I’m gonna get you with my tiny arms!”

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Rugby, North Dakota. The geographical center of North America!

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Waking up to a beautiful morning.

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Blazing sky.

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One of many Paul Bunyan and Baby the Blue Ox sculptures we saw on the trip.

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Giant Pike – Erskine, Minnesota.

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Cordwood Pete and Tamarack. The legendary brother of Paul Bunyan. There was supposed to be a statue of Pete and Tamarack somewhere in this town, but we couldn’t find it! Maybe someone stole them?

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We became very fond of Paul and Babe. We even bought a Paul Bunyan and Baby the Blue Ox salt and pepper shaker set.

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Babe on the sidewalk.

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In Cloquet, Minnesota is a gas station designed by famous American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. We HAD to stop there for gas. There are restrooms and a sitting area above the actual gas station. I took advantage of that.

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Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Big Paul Bunyan.

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These poor guys were locked up! Stop vandalizing people. Knock that shit off so everyone else can enjoy giant things!

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45th Parallel.

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Back in Amish Country! We spotted this ATM in Ohio. And yes it’s IN the back of a buggy.

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There was a guy named Joel, not too different from you or me.

Last night we went out stepping! Joel, from Mystery Science Theater 3000, was in town giving a talk about how he got his start in television.  I’ve seen him fours times now.  I do love that man!  His eyes are my favorite…mostly because they’re so sleepy.
We met up with some lovely new friends and had dinner at Bamboo Garden before the show.  Eric and I haven’t been to an event with friends in quite a long time so it felt great to socialize!

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Servo is the keeper of the ticket. He’s huge.

 

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Day trip to Central Washington- This time with Jeff and Jamie!

Yesterday we officially kicked off the travel season! And by travel season I mean…OUR travel season. I think generally our travel season lasts longer than most.  We picked up two of our friends and headed to central Washington.  Jeff and Jamie had never seen the coulees in Washington so we were super excited to show them around!

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Roama was up bright and early with us!  Jeff and Jamie live in South Seattle.  I kind of like that part of town.  I think it has a small town feel with the perks of living in Seattle.  I can’t say the same about Everett.

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Everyone in the car seemed to think that these windmills are in one way or another scary. Or alien-like. I always like them though! I kind of think they look happy and not scary.

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The day was really cloudy and grey as you can see. We had been checking the weather all week and it was supposed to be sunny in the morning. Lies!

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The first stop of the day, aside from a pee break, was at Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park. We checked out some of the petrified wood strewn about and had another pee break. Pee breaks are essential!

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At the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park there are some petroglyphs on display. And I only say, on display, because there used to be hundreds of these along the Columbia River…until the dam was built. These are the only ones that were saved. The rest of swimming with the fishes.

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It’s really sad that most of these have essentially been destroyed.

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I like the two folks at the bottom right side of the photo.

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Crossing the Columbia.

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We kept on driving, crossing the Columbia, and headed to Frenchman Coulee which is less than 10 minutes away from the state park.

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Frenchman Coulee is littered with basalt columns. The basalt columns were formed from cooling lava.

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This is always my favorite shot in Frenchman Coulee! You’ve probably seen it many times if you’ve followed me for at least the past year.

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The waterfall was pushing out more water than usual! I assume it’s from snow melt. This land is a beautiful red color when the sun is out. It was still beautiful, but I do miss the red rocks.

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Fantastic rock formations!

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Most of the day was spent driving through various coulees, stopping to take in the view and take photos. Dry Falls was a major stop for the trip. Here we made some food and chatted with the park ranger.

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Rice and Indian food was on the menu today!

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And here is Dry Falls! The park ranger in the visitor center told us about a piece of wood that had recently been given to the visitor center. This piece of wood was found about 40 years ago when someone was digging, I assume with heavy machinery, into rock in the area. There was a pocket of water/mud that came out of the rock at one point. What happened was that many many years ago when lava flowed in the coulee, some lava covered an area of water creating this pocket. The piece of wood was found in the pocket of mud 40 years ago. The wood is estimated to be at least 100,000 years old. ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS OLD! Holy moly! The park ranger had that piece of wood in a plastic bag. I felt weird asking him if I could photograph it because it wasn’t even in the official collection of Washington. It was kind of wonderful to see. I never thought we’d be so excited over old wood!

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This little walkway hangs over the side of the coulee. Eric hates heights, but for some reason he didn’t mind this.

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I love the different colors of lichen in this part of Washington.

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Even though it was cloudy all day it hadn’t rained. We drove to an old section of Route 2 to pay our respects to our favorite old car.

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The old section of Route 2 with Moses Coulee in the background.

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Jeff and Jamie explored. Jamie returned with some animal bones she found.

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Eric used the tripod to take some photos with his 1950 Kodak Duaflex II camera.

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There are many shells from people who like to shoot things on the ground. We did see many cans though. Including a sardine can!

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More great lichen!

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I wanted a group shot of us! I set the timer and hoofed it to the group. Most of the photos were incredibly washed out, which I didn’t notice until today. Boo! And hiss!  Also…the camera focused on the car and not us.  Sorry everyone!  We are a good looking group though. I warned everyone to watch out for tetanus.

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And now a fun photo!

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As we left Moses Coulee the sky started to clear and the sun came out. The beautiful Cascade Mountains are in the background.

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One of many beaten down homesteads we saw during the day.

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Route 2, the road you see there, would take us to Blewitt Pass, which would take us to I-90, which would take us home.

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We stopped by an old section of road to snap a few more photos. That wonderful red rock made an appearance when the sun finally decided to show up.

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I think we all had a great day! Eric and I rarely explore with others, but it was so much fun to have Jeff and Jamie along with us. The day was a success until we hit Snoqualmie Pass on I-90. I had checked the weather conditions in the pass before we got there since it’s still winter and all. The pass was dry and open. Eric was driving and it was already dark outside. And then it started to rain. Eric doesn’t like to drive in the dark or rain. I told him I would drive if he pulled over at the next rest stop. Before we pulled over it started to snow. Goodness! We found an exit and we switched spots. The snow had already covered the roads off the interstate. I pulled back onto the interstate and probably within a minute of me driving we had whiteout conditions. Seriously whiteout. I-90 is lacking in lane marking going through the pass. There are hardly lines painted and no reflectors. This is irritating and dangerous. I could not see where I was going. Eric noticed the concrete safety barrier coming close to us and told me to turn the wheel to the left. As it turns out we were going around a bend! Later Eric told me that the spot where I was driving towards the barrier was the spot on I-90 where there’s bridge hundreds of feet over water. More holy moly. For a long time I was only driving 40 mph with the hazard lights on. Cars were passing me, but I have no clue how they saw where they were going. I had such a tight grip on the steering wheel! When we made it back to Jeff and Jamie’s house I apologised for the scariest ride of their lives. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever had to drive in as well! Note to Washington Department of Transportation…GET BETTER LANE MARKINGS ON YER ROADS! Other than that little incident it was a great little day trip!

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Donuts, more food, and walking off that food!

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This chubby little thing greeted us after getting out of the car for some Saturday morning donuts at Mighty O.

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One donut for each hand. I don’t mess around. Peanut butter and orange blossom! I’m on level 2 of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred…I deserve donuts!

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I spotted this gem after leaving the donut shop. I saw it, stopped the car and put it in reverse. There are a ton of these Little Free Libraries popping up all over Seattle AND the states! Look them up to find a Little Free Library near you!

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The Little Free Libraries are free, of course, or a leave one take one deal. I’m going to start carrying some books in my car so I can trade books if I find something I like!

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In Fremont there’s a vintage shop we like to check out once in a while. We usually find some interesting items, but I’m also usually too cheap. We picked up a bag of groceries and since we didn’t have enough food already, we went to Bamboo Garden for some lunch! I always seem to get their creamy corn chowder.

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Mongolian beef! 100% vegan too!

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After stuffing our faces we needed a walk. We ventured around Discovery Park for about an hour. I was sleepy, but I kept on truckin’.

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Fort Lawton is in Discovery Park and used to be a missile base. There are some houses that are still lived in by Army personnel. That big ‘ol white thing in the background is a radar tower.

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Discovery Park is huge. Five hundred thirty four acres huge! The park is in decent condition, but it could use some loving. Parts of the park are paved paths and some are just dirt. There’s a lighthouse that you can walk to which we did not do this time. I think we it gets a little sunnier and warmer we’ll take the long walk to the beach and lighthouse!

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That tree wasn’t messing around!

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We’re getting more sun an blue skies! I can’t wait until I don’t have to wear a jacket and socks. I hate socks.

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These are old parts of the base that aren’t lived in or used any more. I wish you could walk through the buildings. I get that you can’t leave them open all the time, but having them open at certain times would be nice!

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This fun building was the gymnasium!

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And a church on the base was poking through the trees.

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If you’re in Seattle and haven’t been to Discovery Park, you should definitely check it out! But be cautious…tiny plants grow by the inch BUT die by the foot! What a zinger!

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Magnuson Park- Seattle.

We’ve been to Magnuson Park quite a few times over the past five years living in Seattle. Magnuson Park used to be a Navy Air Station but in 1975 part of it was given to the city of Seattle. Some of the buildings and roads from the days of the Navy are still intact. The path you walk on along Lake Washington is actually the old road. The park also has a picnic area, boat launch, dog park and an art installation made out of fins from former U.S. submarines! Pretty fun, huh?

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There were people kite surfing in the chilly sun. It sure was sunny, but it also was only around 45 degrees F. Yikes!

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The ducks were sunning themselves next to their mates. I love to see animals hanging out with their significant other.

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Remnants from the Navy Air Station.

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There are the submarine fins. They look like an orca pod!

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On each fin there is a plaque with the name of the submarine the fin came from.

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There are 22 fins total in the installation.

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A dirt path winds through the fins near Lake Washington.

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More navy buildings.

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Here’s a fun fact…The first park where Magnuson is currently located was established in 1900 and called Carkeek Park. In 1922 the navy began construction at the park and Carkeek Park was moved to its current location along Puget Sound. Remember Carkeek from the photos I posted a few weeks ago. Pretty fun history!

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Here comes the sun!

Soon!  Almost!  It’s just around the corner.  The sun has been poking out more and more.  Kitty naps have been had in the sun by the kitty in the house.  And kitty naps have been had by me on the couch.  I feel like I’m slowly creeping out of my winter hibernation.  I didn’t hibernate as long or hard as I have the past few winters.  I’ve been trying to juice more and run (is that what we call it?) on the elliptical machine.  I’ve been trying to stretch my lazy winter muscles as much as possible too.  It’s actually been helping my stiff neck and back.  It makes me think I should really take yoga classes.  I bet it would help more than just my still muscles.

One place Eric and I keep talking about visiting this summer the Ancient Lake area in central Washington.  We paid it a quick visit last October, but we need more!  It was our last real trip of the summer/year.  I think we went out with a bang!  Ancient Lake was way prettier than anything we were expecting to find in the coulee.

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Ancient Lake, October 2012.  Polaroid Land Camera negative scan.

Today Youtube recommended a Lana Del Rey song to me.  I usually don’t listen to Youtube, but today I gave in.  I’ve seen posters for Lana’s new album plastered all over the local record store.  Sometimes I don’t listen to the music the record store advertises on their walls because quite often the poster has the face of a hipster on it.  But perhaps I don’t listen to certain things because I’m afraid that it *might* be hipster music *and* I’ll like it.  What’s wrong with that though?  Can’t we all have guilty pleasures?

But in the end I listened to Lana Del Rey today and I am girl crushing!  She is gorgeous and she can sing.  I’m the type of person who can listen to the same song on repeat for hours AND not tire of it.  I did that tonight with her song, “Ride.”  She made me want to travel!

“I hear the birds on the summer breeze, I drive fast.  I am alone in the night.”

“Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally I did on the open road.  We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art.  Live fast. Die young. Be wild. And have fun.”

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Carkeek seek and find.

After our carousel adventure on Saturday, we drove up to Carkeek Park to do some train spotting and tidal pool watching.

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It was low tide when we were at the park. Low tide is great for searching for shells. Just make sure no one is living in the shells before you take them home with you!

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See the oval critter in the middle of the photo? I know sure what it is, but a few years ago I did find one of these shells washed up on shore. Do you know what the name of this little guy is?

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Sea anemone!

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We spotted about 20 purple star fish! They are “technically” called sea stars though.

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Hang on little guy!

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This guy was looking for some noms. He let me get rather close to him too.

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We walked up the beach searching for shells and waiting for trains.

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The tide was super low! We walked on parts of the beach that we’ve never been able to walk on because the water was too high.

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Here comes the sun!

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And here comes the train! Our waiting finally paid off.

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It’s comin’ ’round the bend.

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Whoa baby! This is the biggest shell I’ve ever found at Carkeek! I brought it home with me. I’m thinking I want to put an air plant in it. I recently killed an air plant though so I don’t know if that would be the best idea. How does one kill an air plant?

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Pier and Market Day.

It was supposed to be sunny on Saturday. If the fog and clouds weren’t hanging on I bet it would have been sunny! We do know how to make the most of a sunless day though.

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I rode the Ferris Wheel this past summer when it was sunny. You could see Mt. Rainier, the Space Needle and the Cascades. I can’t imagine a Ferris Wheel ride on a cloudy day would be super fun.

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Here’s the real reason for a trip to the Pier!

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Under the Ferris Wheel on Pier 57 there is a wonderful carousel! I do love me some carousels. My favorite one is the Grand Carousel at Knoebel’s Amusement Park in Pennsylvania. They have gorgeous hand-carved wooden horses, that I think are 100 years old. Even though the carousel horses in Seattle are fiberglass, they are gorgeous just the same.

I recently backed a project on Kickstarter to help restore the world’s only Cowboy and Indian Carousel.  The carousel is in Buffalo, Wyoming.  The project WAS funded!  Eric and I are planning to visit the carousel this summer on our drive back to Pennsylvania.

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We watched the carousel for a bit before deciding that we should ride it too.

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Giddy up!

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I love how gaudy the horses always are.

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There is a horse with similar armour at the Knoebel’s carousel. When I was a youngin’ I thought it looked like a seahorse. No seahorse…just some armour.

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Eric’s horse.

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My horse. Hello, Beautiful!

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I think Eric and I were the only adults on the carousel. I have no shame!

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I picked a wild horse for the ride!

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It actually wasn’t too busy around the Pier so we decided to head up to the market.

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And up through Post Alley.

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Post Alley is famous for this.

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Nasty wall.

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The market was oddly not busy. We were able to snap some film shots too! And…no people were in the shots. Sometimes you just want a humanless shot.

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I like the naked Trick or Treat kitty ladies.

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Market time.

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Cinnamon Works sells massive vegan cookies. Look how big they are! They also sell vegan muffins aaaaaannnd vegan cinnamon rolls! We couldn’t say no to a cinnamon roll.

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On the way back to the car, look who we saw walking down the tracks.

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Oh my goodness look at that cute little guy! You usually don’t see raccoons out during the day, but he really seemed like he knew what he was doing. He quickly and safely crossed the road and hopped in the water. I have a feeling he comes out during the day because he gets many sweets and goods from tourists. Pier and Market success for everyone!

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Out in the city.

Today was an exploration day in Seattle!  I took so many photos today.  I’m going to split the day up into a few blog posts because I know you don’t want to sit through a million photos in one post!

We had brunch at Wayward to start our day of fun!  I had my Diana Mini with me today for some black and white film experiments.  The Diana has not been functioning properly for a long time.  Eric examined it last night because I thought a part on the inside was broken or stuck.  No it was was not broken or stuck, but he thinks that I haven’t been advancing the film properly.  Sigh Diana, sigh.  I’m giving it one more shot!  Treat me well, Diana!

Other stops today included Pier 57, the carousel!, Post Alley, Pike Market and Carkeek Park.

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The new Ferris Wheel near Pier 57.

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Cinnamon Works at Pike Market sells cookies as big as dinner plates and huge cinnamon buns. We of course couldn’t say no to a cinnamon bun!

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This is the biggest shell I’ve ever found at Carkeek Park! No one was living in it so I brought it home with me. I think I might put a small plant in it. Good finds and a good day!

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Bits and bites.

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I finished reading “There’s a Seal in my Sleeping Bag,” and I started reading “Is Everyone Hanging out Without me?” this week. I loved Mindy Kaling before I started to read her book and I love her even more now!

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I’ve been making peanut butter, banana and almond milk smoothies this week. I used to make fun of the powdered peanut stuff I’ve seen popping up in the grocery stores lately. “Who the hell would buy this stuff?!” I would. I would buy this stuff!

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I found a little brown jackalope that matches my little blue jackalope in the background.

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The co-op near our house started carrying these veggie burgers. We gave them a try this weekend and had mixed results. Eric really liked them. He said they might be the best veggie burgers he’s ever had. I didn’t like them as much though. They are kind of grainy and that was a deal breaker for me.

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Yesterday we make our usual trip to Seattle. Bamboo Garden was of course on the menu, as were the pot stickers!

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Curry with rice! The waiters at the restaurant always get excited when I try something new. They also like to say “You eat everything. Good job!”

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