2019, Travel/Vacation

Travel Journal, Day 3: From Vancouver To Everett, Washington

June 3, 2019

Monday morning, Kevin got a phone call from Southwest Airlines which stated that our luggage arrived safe and sound in the SeaTac airport. Knowing that, we decided we make a trip to Mount Saint Helen first. David posted a video about the Lower Lewis River Falls on Facebook in the previous week. And that caught my interest. The falls are just a little bit east of Mount Saint Helen, and can be done in one trip. The phone call ended about ten miles north of the exit on Interstate 5. Kevin and I made a spontaneous decision and back tracked to State Route 503. A little over 60 miles later, we made it to the entrance trail of the falls. It was about a 3-minute-hike, before we reached the overlook. Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I tried to find a way down to the river’s edge. But we didn’t want to chance rolling an angle in the middle of the Washington woods. Instead we hiked down the regular trail, to see some flora and fauna.

Here is a short video, I filmed of the gorgeous Lower Lewis River Falls. https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/48046148486/in/album-72157705230883495/

On our way back, we went to the Pine Creek Information Center. The lady informed us, where we would have a good view of Mount Saint Helen. And we were lucky. The National Forest Road 25 just got cleared from the last snow and opened on Friday.  There are several nice overlooks along NFD 25. A few motorcyclist were standing at one of the parking/viewing areas. One of them told the story about the exploding mountain, when he lived in this area 39 years ago. I overheard him saying, that the blast of the eruption broke his sister’s house windows and they could feel that hot shock wave. They were all lucky to be far enough away to survive it and tell the tales. We all gazed at the Mount Saint Helen and let the story sink in for a moment.

Soon, we’ve reached US 12 and drove back west to Interstate 5, where we were on our way to SeaTac. Picking up our bag was very smooth, and we could soon move on to our motel in Everett, north of Seattle. But first, we’ve got a good climbs of Seattle, before we had dinner and called it a day.

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Seattle, Washington

… to be continued …

2019, In The Garden

Our Garden In Late April 2019

The warm and the rainy days help the garden to progress very quickly. Flora and Fauna are flourishing. Our Meyer Lemon tree has a lot of flower buds; and we have a first blossom. The tomatoes are growing fast. Planting them on a good layer of compost did the trick. The peach tree is full with fruits. I can’t wait for July to come, so I can harvest them.

A little Bewick’s Wren made its home in the nestbox outside of Katelynn’s window. She loves it, when the wren wakes her up with a beautiful song every morning. The Blue Jays are very pleased, how the raised beds come along. The birds did their part of growing the beds as well. Lots of seeds turned into seedlings. In Summer, they will enjoy a Sunflower “jungle”.

Happy Gardening!

2019, Travel/Vacation

The Wichita Mountains In April 2019 (Part II)

Coming from Rush Lake, we took a short break at the Visitor Center. And then we moved on to Quanah Parker Lake. Driving to the lake, there were lots of longhorn and bison grassing in the meadow. Some longhorn cows crossed the road. The grass must have been greener on the other side. 😉 Some longhorn were scratching their necks against the nearby boulders. One of the animals was so close, I could almost touch it, if I was crazy enough to do so. But this Texas girl ain’t messing with a longhorn, nor a bison. That is a whole bunch of NOPE!

At the Quanah Parker Lake Dam, we saw the spillway gate was open. This was the first time, I had the chance to photograph the dam with the water flowing down into Quanah Creek. Usually when visit in September, the water levels are much lower due to the Summer’s drought. In Spring, there is plenty of rain. It will fill up the lakes. And the rest of the water goes over the spillways. Kevin, the girls and I wanted to hike the Little Baldy Trail. But something terrified Luis at the stairs leading down to the dam. I mentioned, there is another small trail right by the pier on the north side of the lake.

Arriving at the Education Center of the park, we hiked the small trail by the pier, looked at some plants and read the educational signs about flora and fauna. Katelynn found a small school of fish swimming near the shore and watched them for a little bit. Luis got really tired, and we called it a day. He was so happy being back in the car and could take a nap on the way back home to Texas. He probably was dreaming about his fluffy couch.

~ The End ~

2019

Hiking In The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve In April 2019

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Sunset in the forested area of Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, Texas

As I mentioned in the previous blog, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I went to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano yesterday evening. While Kevin was running the trails, the girls and I took pictures of the gorgeous Texas Bluebonnet, and we hiked to the frog pond towards the center of the park. Unfortunately, it is too early for Bull Frog sightings. And the edges of the pond were covered in algae. So we couldn’t see any tadpoles either. But that was okay. We still had a fun walk, which ended with hanging out at the playground for a little bit, while we were waiting for Kevin to be done working out at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

2019, In The Garden

The Blooming Peach Tree (2)

This is probably one of the last opportunities to photograph the blossoms of our peach tree this year. Some flowers have lost their paddles, and show signs of peach growth. This evening was great for photos. The sun was at the right angle and reflected the perfect amount of light on the peach tree.

2019

Beautiful Spring Sunset In March

I love this time of the year. It gets warmer; the trees grow back their leaves; the garden starts to grow all kind of vegetables, herbs, and fruit plants; the wildlife gets ready for preparing the nurseries for their young ; and the girls can stay longer outside, because the sun sets much later.

2019, In The Garden

Spring Blooms In Our Neighborhood

Tomorrow is Spring Equinox. This means, day and night have the same length. In our neighborhood the trees are still in full bloom. Now, many bulb flowers start to show signs of waking up, and soon show their beauty. Down our street blooms a white Iris. In my backyard, a second set of hyacinth just started to show their first flower petals.

2019, In The Garden

The Blooming Peach Tree (1)

Our peach tree looks so pretty, when the first blossoms open in Spring. I never can get enough of these beautiful little pinkish flowers. In February, I’ve pruned the tree  a little bit. But I still might have left too many twigs on the tree. Eventually, I’ll figure it out, how much is okay and what is too much. Last year, we had lots of peaches. But they were small. I’ve figured, not pruning it, would cause bearing small fruits. Now, I’ve gotten quite a bit of bloom on the tree, again. Let’s see, how the fruits will turn out. If they are still too small, I need to seek some advise from the local nursery. Since we’ve also had very hot days in the month of July, the tree might need more water last Summer. But I’d rather ask an expert, before I “drown” the tree.

2019, In The Garden

Spring Is Coming Back!

After a few cool days below freezing point, the warmth of Spring is coming back, tomorrow. For the next couple of days, I have plans to get the greenhouse back in shape. Kevin and I talked about getting a wooden frame under the greenhouse. It would be a little bit higher. And due to the ground constantly shifting, the new frame makes the greenhouse frame sturdier, again. The ground needs new mulch and we need some shelves for some potted plants. It will be some work, but it is worth it. Having fun in the Spring Sun.

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Bradford Pear Blossoms
2019

Relaxing Monday Evening (2)

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First Blossoms on our Bradford Pear tree.

This evening, I watched the sunset on the deck. It was a beautiful day in the mid 60s (19ºC). If the wind hadn’t been this breezy, it would have been much better. Our Bradford Pear trees finally begin to bloom. I’ve noticed a couple of young green leaves as well. The next few days, I will enjoy the outdoors. This upcoming weekend, it suppose to get cooler. And we also might get some snow, next week.