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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This Polaroid Land Camera shot was taken in central Washington this past fall during a huge wildfire. That’s not a foggy sky…that’s a smoky sky! This photo was fun because when I was looking at the landscape I could barely see the sun through the smoke. But in the photo the sun in black. Pretty fun, huh?
Yesterday Eric and I ventured to central Washington for the day! The plan was to explore Frenchman Coulee and Potholes Coulee. If you’ve followed this blog for at least a few months, you know by now that we love to geology of Washington. We actually left for the trip later than we usually do. We were out the door a little after 6am. Eric took the first shift driving since he usually does the navigating once we arrive in central WA.
There is an old train station in Cle Elum, WA that we somehow never visited before. I noticed a deer standing between two cabooses. We didn’t know if it was real or not because it wasn’t moving. Of course I thought it was weird that it was just staring at us. It finally moved and ran after a doe standing nearby.
It’s still apple season in the Northwest. Cle Elum is in a mountain pass so it was a very foggy and misty morning.
The old train station here is actually in really great condition. Someone took quite a bit of time and care into maintaining the building.
This is the old substation from the railroad that used to run through the area. There are miles of rails-to-trails paths in this area too.
We continued on towards Frenchman Coulee. This shot is from a rest area near Vantage, WA. That’s the Columbia River down there!
This is also at the rest stop. You can hike up the hill to see the metal sculptures of horses if you have time. I did a little research and this piece is apparently called “Grandfather cuts loose the ponies!” These sculptures have been here for quite some time, but it seems as they the piece was never finished due to the lack of funding. The horses were supposed to be running out of a huge basket that was tipped over. That’s fun! I love this piece as it is, but a giant basket wouldn’t hurt either. We’ve always seen the horses when it was sunny so it was a wonderful contrast to have the fog there in the morning.
Out of the mist!
I was a crazy horse girl when I was younger. This still excited me of course.
The speech bubble on this horse cracked me up.
I needed to give this guy a hug.
I love the colors of the moss and lichen!
This is looking into the valley behind the horses and away from the Columbia River.
In Frenchman Coulee we noticed that the small waterfall coming over the cliff was actually pumping out quite a bit of water! This was our first trip to the desert in November. It was much wetter than we’re used to seeing the desert.
The sage brush was mostly dead and brown, but you could still really really smell that wonderful sage smell.
Eric wanted to hoof it up the hill behind us to get a particular shot of the coulee. I wasn’t in the mood for that so I wandered around for a bit taking photos with my Canon, Polaroid Land camera, Diana mini, Savoy and traditional Polaroid cameras. Eric and I went to the desert armed with a ridiculous 13 cameras. Only one of which was digital.
I do get really nervous standing near the edge. I’m not scared of heights, but that is one big ‘ol drop!
Eric made it to the top of hill! Do you see him near the top center of the photo?
After fun and photos in Frenchman Coulee we continued on to a coulee we’ve never explored before! Here is Potholes Coulee!
It was sadly cloudy most of the day. It was kind of a bummer.
We decided to walk on the trail back into the coulee. We usually have too many miles to cover in a day that we don’t give ourselves the chance to do stuff like this.
We zig zagged through the coulee and made it to Ancient Lake. We were not expecting to see a lake like this at all!
Ancient Lake was gorgeous! The sun came out and gave way to some blue sky! We agree that we want to come back here in the summer! There was a group of people camping across the lake from us. It would be super fun to camp here in the warm weather!
I tried to take another photo of us and mostly succeeded. Eric and I were oddly red, white and blue yesterday. That was NOT planned!
The rock formations in this area are fascinating. I love how the rocks in the center of the photo look like they were jammed and squished together.
We hiked about 5 miles total through the coulee. The terrain is mostly flat so it was a super easy hike.
This was the biggest waterfall that we saw on our walk. There are a few larger ones but we didn’t hike back to those.
The landscape is much more stunning when the sun is out! It looks larger and more impressive.
After Potholes Coulee we drove to George, Washington where we hopped back on the Interstate for the drive home. Central Washington never disappoints us!
Two tanks of gas, 17 hours of driving and 600 miles.
I am exhausted! Eric and I traveled to central Washington again today. I have tons of photos to share with you. We even saw a quirky parade in an old west town! Expect fun things tomorrow!
Yesterday Eric and I went on our first day trip to central Washington this year! I love the Washington desert! I took about 230 photos and I’ve whittled it down to 125 or so to share with you. I’m going to split our day into two separate blog entries so you’re not overwhelmed with photos! Also, Eric and I have a travel blog called Hey I’m Over Here. Click the link to visit our travel blog for even more fun and photos from our trip. We have a Facebook page for our travel blog too! Feel free to like us to stay up to date on our adventures!
I’m just checking in to say hi today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a fantastic post for you! Eric and I traveled through central Washington today. We saw desert flowers, coulees, some nice cows and I even have a little sunburn! See you tomorrow!
my parents made the long haul to seattle this past week! their plane arrived in seattle on the 13th and they left on the 19th. i wasn’t sure how this trip was going to go. they’ve never really explored a big city like we were going to do, and they never flew. it was a lot of firsts for them. all in all they had a great vacation.
when they arrived on saturday, we went back to the apartment and had some pasta. we then went to carkeek park to watch the sunset. sunday we went to mighty o’s, archie mcphee’s, fremont’s farmer’s market, and yen wor chinese in greenwood which surprisingly had really really good tofu! that evening we went to gas works park to watch some kite flying and to see the skyline of seattle. monday we headed downtown on the bus. we went to pioneer square and to the seattle underground tour. we then walked to the piers and checked out the ye olde curiosity shop. my parents weren’t a fan of riding the bus. but we did see a man in a cape with many layers who rode our bus in the morning and the afternoon. eric promptly dubbed him “mangoat.” tuesday we went downtown again. this time we went to the market and had some vegan cinnamon buns and other fun things. i bought a cute print of a cat and the space needle…i’ll post a picture of that later. we then walked to the monorail station and took the monorail to the space needle. after a short walk to bamboo garden and some great vegan food we headed back to the space needle and went to the observation deck.
eric was kind enough to post photos from the beginning of the week. here they are!
wednesday was a long day. a long long day! a 15 hour day to be exact. the plan was to go to snoqualmie falls and then to the coulees and surrounding area in central washington. we saw some amazing stuff that day. my parents were thrilled to see the different landscapes. i think that was their favorite day of their trip, which surprised me since i wasn’t expecting them to be happy sitting in a car all day!
eric posted photos from the wednesday trip too! click here to see them!
thursday i took my parents to kuan yin teahouse in wallingford. i love that place! we walked around wallingford a bit and then i showed them around ballard. eric rested at home before his doctors appointment in the afternoon…more on that later. we ended the day with a quick trip to carkeek. my parents had to catch a late morning flight back to PA on friday, so we met up with ryan, jaime, the kids, and jaime’s moms at might o’s for some donuts. busy busy!!!
i’m pretty beat from all of the touristy things we did the week and the long day on wednesday. naps were in order yesterday and today! the past few days haven’t been so fun for eric. he had to have hand surgery on thursday to fix a broken pinky finger. it seems like it would be kind of minor, but the bone was broken in four places and he now has four pins sticking out of his finger. poor little guy!
i feel really bad about eric’s hand. especially since i leave on wednesday to go back to PA for two months. i’m not extremely happy about this. i’m going back to work. it’s just for the summer and i’m coming back to seattle as soon as possible. i feel bad leaving right after he had this surgery. ryan is more than willing to help eric while i’m gone, but i wish i could be here to help. i want to take him with me!!