Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #100 - I Made It!

We were headed to Fife RV in Fife, WA to look at a Forest River motorhome.  It would have been very easy for us to hop on I-5 and just drive directly there.  We decided on the scenic route, however. We drove down Hwy 203 from Monroe to Fall City, making a stop at Snoqualmie Falls.  The falls were still falling, but you can tell that there was a very low snow pack this year.




We cut over to Hwy 18 and took a nice leisurely drive into Fife.  We pulled into Camping World to see if they had anything we wanted to look at, and Mt Rainier was out.




We returned home the way we came, but by-passed Snoqualmie and came through Preston, hoping for a side trip to Lake Alice.  Unfortunately, they were working on the road to Lake Alice, so we stopped at the Tolt River Park in Carnation WA instead.







All in all a nice day.  No motor home, but a lot more research to do!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #99 - Oso Bound

The intention today was to go to explore the end of the Centennial Trail at the Nakashima Trailhead.  We had a nice drive up Highway 9, through Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Arlington and Bryant.  Very nice trailhead parking area (but just one port-a-potty).  Then we saw this notice:


Hmm....maybe another time.  We just walked a short way.  We will definitely come back at some point.  I just wasn't into a bear encounter today.  I did take a few shots, however.





I did like that the County Parks Department is into re-purposing signage.

From the front:


From the back:




As long as we were north of Arlington, we decided to take a drive out to Oso.  We had not been out there since the infamous mud slide in March 2014.  Forty-three people lost their lives in this disaster, and approximately 50 homes and other structures were destroyed.  It was devastating to the area.  They are still working on repairing and repaving Hwy 530 and I was only able to get a shot of the slide area from the car.



We continued our drive out to Darrington, stopped for a late breakfast, and then heading back home with a few stops for photo ops.

This is the Squire Creek Campground (Snohomish County Parks).  Dry camping only but some fairly large spots to accommodate RVs.






Some shots from the side of the highway.  It is a pretty drive.





The North Fork of the Stillaguamish River (between Oso and Darrington)





And then the South Fork, in Arlington, WA (taken from Haller Park)





Monday, July 13, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #98 - The Pickle Tree

I have four adorable grandsons.  Both of my kids had kids at the same time.  So there are two cousins that are both 5 and 2 cousins that are both 2 ½.  The other day, my oldest grandson was visiting and after he picked all the ripe strawberries, he went off in search of other things to pick.  He came running up to me with a very excited expression on  his face - "Grandma!  Look, you are growing pickles!"  After the discussion of how cucumbers become pickles, he wasn't so sure he wanted to pick them.

This turned out fine because a few days later, his cousins were visiting and they raided the "pickle tree"!




Sunday, July 12, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #97 - Chickadees

Apparently, when you scrub out the bird bath, the birds will come.






Saturday, July 11, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #96 - More Centennial Trail - Original Trailhead

I walked this section of the trail early in my 100 day journey.  I went back this morning because it really is a favorite section for me.