Archive for September, 2008

Sailing on Lake Union

Bill took us (Clare, Me, Nick, Faye, Schuyler) out on his boat.  Very nice.  Had a picnic on the boat and watched the sunset.  Very nearly got snared up in nets that a native tribe had placed round the marina (they have Salmon fishing rights in Lake Union).

Posted by: geohar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

Nick and Faye’s Wedding

Here is a bunch of photos from the above wedding, we had a fabulous time. Nick and Faye looked so happy, it was lovely.

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

Waterfall – the last of the Cascades

This was a waterfall right at the end of our journey through the Cascades which I had fun trying to photograph, you can judge how successful I was!

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

The Lakes

These were the dramatic looking lakes right up high in the Cascades. The first one is Ross Lake and the second Diablo, the interesting colour in Diablo Lake is from Glacial ‘flour’, ground from the surrounding rock.

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

The North Cascades – Washington Pass Overlook

This was an amazing day, I took so many photos I ran out of space. The drive we took was really spectacular and we also saw lots of ageing bikers. The photos are of:

a glacial river on the way up the pass;

Liberty Bell (big mountain that looks like a bell x2);

Washington Pass Overlook (down the road we came up);

a roadside waterfall;

a plane going over the top of the Cascades;

arty rock face (for George xx);

burnt tree

and finally a cute shot of Mum and Dad.

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

Winthrop

The Original Frontier town – went to Three Fingered Jack’s for dinner. We also stayed at a really lovely inn with hot tub, which the night photo is taken from.

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

Carlton

This place was very America wild west, as you can see from the photos, Mum did still attempt to get a cappuccino in the General Store.

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

Lake Chelan

A very, very large lake, which had lots of people on it, we however drove right up into the mountains and had a picnic completely isolated above the hub bub.

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

Leavenworth

Leavenworth is a faux Bavarian town (used to just be a logging outpost) in the middle of the Cascades. It was slightly disappointing, this is a photo of one of the buildings on the High Street.

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

Moon Valley

After leaving Yakima we went up a very barren valley (to the point where is was a moon-like landscape) and stopped for lunch by a grove of redwoods. Dad and I paddled in the river.

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

Yakima

It was pretty hot when we got here, and took us as long to find the hotel from the airport as it took George to get all the way back to Seattle in his little aeroplane. This picture is of the Soda Fountain (‘Grease’ – like hangout) outside Yakima Museum, which we spent a morning wandering around.

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

Mt Rainier

We went down from Seattle through a place called Enumclaw (something to do with evil spirits – though they do damn good mochas) and got to Rainier in the afternoon. It was awesome. I have included a picture of Rainier from Seattle (UDub) at the start to try and give a bit of scale. Being somewhat interested in rocks I also have to include the extrusive basalt columns (sorry).

Posted by: clarehar on Wednesday, 24th Sep, 2008

The Hoh Rainforest

This was the same day as we went to Rialto Beach and the weather was completely different as soon as we left the coast, you could see this huge receding cloud bank. The rainforest was very spectacular, look at the size of the tree in the last picture. Even though we went on to stay at Ocean Shores and drove through Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Olympia (the State Capital) and Tacoma, these are the last decent photos from the Olympic Peninsula.

Posted by: clarehar on Tuesday, 23rd Sep, 2008

Rialto Beach

Rialto Beach was atmospheric, ghostly and was pretty chilly after the hot weather in Seattle, in fact the Pacific coast was not all that peachy in terms of weather. We had a lovely time on the beach; particularly Mum and I picking up lots of stones (pebbles really), though I did have to unload a couple to Dad in the end.

Posted by: clarehar on Tuesday, 23rd Sep, 2008

Lake Crescent

I think this was possibly the most serene and stunning place we saw, though you can see already there was some pretty stiff competition.

Posted by: clarehar on Tuesday, 23rd Sep, 2008

Hurricane Ridge

This place is amazing, it took us an hour to get up and an hour to get down and I dropped the camera. It was still so stunning and dramatic. The views are of Hurricane Ridge and then of the glacier on top of Mount Olympus, which was about 18 miles away.

Posted by: clarehar on Tuesday, 23rd Sep, 2008

Port Gamble and Port Townsend

We went through Port Gamble on the first day and found the little old till in the local store which was also bizarrely a museum of the area and a storehouse of a phenomenal amount of shells from around the pacific ocean. Then we stayed the night in Port Townsend in a place called the Pacific Inn Motel, not too shabby, and the Mexican that night was not too bad either. The mountains and the boat were taken from just outside our motel window!

Posted by: clarehar on Tuesday, 23rd Sep, 2008

Olympic Peninsula

These are photos which have taken a long time to appear on the blog. It was a great couple of days and we saw lots of beautiful things. To start we went across to Bainbridge Island on the ferry. I thought I would include an American flag to start this album off, and then there is a seagull taken from the Bainbridge Ferry and finally Mum and Dad standing at the front of the ferry as we set off.

Posted by: clarehar on Tuesday, 23rd Sep, 2008

More Rainier

Posted by: geohar on Tuesday, 23rd Sep, 2008

Rainier in B&W

Posted by: geohar on Tuesday, 23rd Sep, 2008

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