The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.
–Henry van Dyke
Any sign of spring in your neighborhood yet? (Or autumn, whichever the case may be? 😀 )
We’ve left the real world for a few days and have hopped on over to Port Angeles for a short break before school starts up again. Port Angeles is about 100 miles from where we live (by ferry) and it’s right next to the Olympic National Park. It sits on the Strait of Juan de Fuca (the waterway that represents the border between the U.S. and Canada), and Victoria, B.C. is only 20 miles by ferry.
Okay, all that being said, we had a very full first day. Before heading up to Hurricane Ridge, we stopped in Sequim (pronounced ‘skwim’) at this charming little ’50s diner to have lunch. AJ wants to go back for the milkshakes alone:
After lunch, we headed up to Hurricane Ridge for a little hike. They call it that because of the 75+ mph winds that blow through there. It was indeed a hike, and once again, I wish I hadn’t worn my running shoes (she will never, ever learn).
The views at the top were just amazing:
You can look down and see Port Angeles, as well as Victoria, B.C. on the other side of the water.
Views of the strait:
You can just see the hiking trail we used to get to the top of the mountain (there are fires burning on the range right now, hence, the haze):
Going back down, James made a comment that the only exciting animal we got to see all day was a chipmunk. Not 5 minutes later, we got to see this (can you see him?):
James found a charming, 2-bedroom, vacation home to rent while we are here. So after a long day of being out, tired and grimy, we got to come back to this (which was a very pleasant surprise as we hadn’t seen it yet):
With fabulous views of the water (#spottedtheship):
Next up, Lake Crescent… 🙂
Rare albino praying mantis? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think she’s just molting? (Taken at my sister Angela’s house in Arizona)
Squirrel count: 42… and they won’t stop coming…
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!!
If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I’m not a whiz in the kitchen. However, every now and again… okay, maybe once a month… I like to try something new to see if I can’t improve my skills. This time it was really no big deal and no major cooking here, but I did try something new and I was successful! Kale chips!
Kale is one of those powerhouse super foods, but to be honest, it’s not that yummy in salads, in my opinion. I think it’s bitter, chewy, and has a texture similar to a bay leaf… again, in my opinion. So, enter the kale chips. Okay, it’s a bit fussy having to cut the leaves off the stalk and then drying them, but really, kind of worth it. Better than potato chips or popcorn! Voila!
Perhaps not so pleasing to the eye, but believe me, they were tasty. I think James described them as “something that looked like washed up on a beach.” (which is okay too… I’ve been wanting to add seaweed to our diet just recently, another super food, :D)
In other news… you may know I went for a bike ride last week. When it came time to get on the bike again, it was raining, so I had to venture downstairs to the stationary bike. It was actually a great setup as I decided to watch a program while doing it. Now, I know this is not a new concept to the rest of the world… but it’s the first time I’ve ever actually done it, and it was quite pleasant… until about 20 minutes in… then I couldn’t feel my bum anymore and decided that that definitely couldn’t be a good thing, so I stopped. But at least I’m a couple of rides closer to getting my sit bones used to a 50-mile ride. My next feat with the bike, before the 50 miles, is a painful uphill climb that goes on for 3 or 4 miles which I have always avoided like the plague. I’ll let you know later how that one goes.
And, oh yeah, the running thing… I’ve been doing that, too. I’ve stuck mostly to the treadmill so I can focus on my pace. I know it’s weird and so unlike me to want to run on the treadmill, but hey, we do what we gotta do to reach our goals, don’t we.
I’ve not stayed completely inside though! The pictures you’re seeing are from a recent run around town.
Wishing you a beautiful Tuesday!!
Check out these desserts my in-laws are enjoying while on holiday!
Oh hey everyone… this is my father-in-law’s first appearance on my blog! Meet Alan! Hi Alan! Great dessert you have there! Care to share?
Brag time: Alan ran a 2:58 London Marathon in the early ’90s. He was in his 40s.
Fact: My son is named Alan James, or A.J. as we call him… unless he’s in trouble, then all the syllables in his name come out.
What’s on your dessert plate today??
I’m off a day on picking a song for Jamesy’s Motivational Music Monday, but I think I’m excused. I was kind of busy yesterday. You see, Adele was playing at the Key Arena in Seattle, and we were fortunate enough to be there. A fabulous performer to the very core, and such a down to earth girl to boot. She interacted with the audience brilliantly, even pulling some fans on stage at different times, completely making their entire year I’m sure. Following are scenes from the evening, a couple of videos I recorded, plus my choice for MMM.
Starting the evening off at a local restaurant, The Yard House. The food was 5-star delicious:
Waiting for the show to start. The eyes open when she comes on:
Her set was fabulous and the big screen was great, sometimes zooming in on her face, sometimes showing random stuff:
Sold out concert, and she had everyone lighting the torches on their phones (this was way before the encore):
Last song of the night after nearly 2-1/2 hours:
The Space Needle at night:
The first video I recorded was “Hello.” It’s probably not as intense on the video, but Seattle put off a lot of energy for her last night:
The next one I recorded was “Skyfall.” In this one, you can see just how cool her set really was.
As for my song for the week, I’m sticking with Adele and her latest, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).”
If there was one performer/group that you wish could see live, who would that be?