Utah is a beautiful state. Amazing sites around every bend. Today we drove from Cedar City to Torrey, Utah. We made stops along the way in Cedar Breaks National Monument, Escalante National Monument and Bryce Canyon. All were amazing and need more time than we were able to give them on this trip. But it was nice to have a day to rest our aches after two pretty full days of hiking. Torrey is right outside of Capitol Reef National Park. Tonight we are relaxing and getting some laundry and trip research done before we head out on more adventures in the morning. We've managed to escape the extreme heat for the most part. Heading to higher altitudes has helped. But we know the heat will find us eventually.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This morning we got up and went to Zion National Park to hike the Narrows. Have to say, that even though I have done this before, the idea of hiking through a narrow canyon in a river seemed a bit scary. But, it turned out to be a great adventure. Wish that my photos were better, but we just took our little water proof point and shoot. I was so surprised to see others hiking waist deep against the current over slippery rocks with their $1000 cameras. This hike made for great memories and we saw some amazing sites. We started by hiking in one mile on a trail and then we stepped into the river and kept going for about 3 hours as we made our way into a very narrow steep canyon. The beautifully carved canyon had hanging gardens and high above, was a slit of the bluest sky you have ever seen. At times, the hike was pretty difficult, but neither Erik or I wiped out. After a day in the river, we headed to Cedar City for the evening. My guess is that both of us will be sore from navigating the current and slippery rocks tomorrow. But it will only add to the memories.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Today we got up and broke camp early so that we could get an early start for some hiking. We headed to Wheeler Peak. The trail head was at about 10,000 feet. We did about 6 miles of hiking, going to 2 beautiful alpine lakes and up to the ancient Bristlecone Pines, the oldest living things on earth. We enjoyed the cooler temperatures, but didn't know how good we had it until we left the park and headed south. We traveled down some dotted (scenic roads) through mining towns such as Pioche and Panaca. We walked out into Cathedral Gorge. By the time we got to Saint George, Utah, our stop for the night, the temperature had climbed to 108 degrees. Yikes.
We celebrated our 12th anniversary today. We headed to Great Basin National Park from Ely with stops at a huge copper mine in Ruth and some old charcoal ovens. We enjoyed lunch at the Electrolux Cafe in sleepy little Baker, Nevada before heading into the park. We toured Leyman Caves one of the many caves within the park. We found the perfect campsite with a roaring river right next to the site. We went for a nice walk as the sun set. Was hoping for some great star watching, but with a full moon, it was almost light daylight. All in all, a great start to another year of marriage.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Today we traveled from Boise, Idaho to Ely, Nevada. (rhymes with freely). Beautiful day with lots of blue skies and puffy white clouds. We stopped in Twin Falls and went for a walk along the river. There were base jumpers jumping from the bridge over the Snake River. We watched several and I took lots of photos. The last one we watched was really scary. His chute did not open and he dropped like a rock into the water. I don't know how he survived, but soon we saw movement and then swimming. Whew! We also visited Shoshone Falls. They call it the Niagra of the West. Really beautiful with a rainbow. We visited lots of little mining towns. We went to the ghost town of Metropolis where all that is left is the arch way and foundation of the Lincoln School. In Ely, we enjoyed looking at the old historic trains and took a nice walk downtown as the sun set.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Went for a little drive to nearby Sedro Wooley this afternoon. Found several funky shots. I don't think that Sedro Wooley is necessarily known for its quirkiness, but I must it is amazing what you can find when you are looking. Funky is good when the weather will not cooperate.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Today was my broccoli harvest. Last year I just planted a little and it was so good. So this year I planted more. Didn't think about the fact it would all be ready at the same time. Looking up broccoli recipes now.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Was looking forward to nice weather for enjoying my first day off for Summer Break. I had great plans to go out and explore with my camera. Unfortunately, the sun never broke through the thick low clouds keeping it cool and misty all day. Very un middle of June. I was able to venture out to my garden and play a bit with depth of field.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Roswell and I went to the Discovery Garden this afternoon. Lots in bloom now. We saw frogs, hawks and rabbits. Roswell liked the rabbits the best. As we were walking along, I heard a little girl say "conejo". I didn't see the conejo, but either Roswell did, or he also speaks Spanish because he went berzerk. We see lots of rabbits on our walks and I always find it funny to watch him the next time we take the same route. He remembers exactly where he saw those conejos..
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I took a photo of this happy house before Christmas. I decided to share what this happy house looks like at this time of year. Here is what it looked like at Christmas.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Today's dailyshoot had me looking for an interesting flag shot for flag day. I remembered this barn, but couldn't remember exactly where it was. Funny that I didn't remember it was at the place with the only miniature donkeys around. Decided to use my dailyshoot for my Photo of Day as well.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
This morning, I decided to pretend I was over my cold and celebrate the first day of sunshine in a very long time. Wanted to play with my new camera in some different surrounds. Enjoyed a drive up Chuckanut and then went to downtown Bellingham. I have to admit, I didn't feel as comfortable with the bigger camera and without Erik or Roswell. (They are my distractors when I am taking photos.) But as I walked around, the camera came out more and more. I was in my element by the time I made it to the farmer's market.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
If you have followed my photos, you know that I cherish the beautiful valley that I live in and I really try to honor both the farmers and the field workers who invest so much to put food and even flowers on our table. This housing doesn't look to be in use this picking season. There is a for sale sign out front. Maybe it is a just little early for the berry harvest . But I think that one more piece of the food puzzle to consider when feasting on the bounty is the life of the many who pack up and travel from crop harvest to crop harvest as the seasons pass and all that that entails.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I love the foxglove blooming in my garden right now. Each day this week, I have taken at least one photo of foxglove, and each day, I have chosen another photo for my photo of the day. Today, the foxglove wins.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Had to run to LaConner this afternoon. Decided to drive over the Rainbow Bridge and see if I could find a good shot. Mount Baker just happened to be peaking out in the distance. Haven't seen much of Mount Baker lately.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Played a little more with my new camera this afternoon. Those who know me know that I could find a way to take a photo of a flower in my yard everyday. But I try to push myself and add some variety. Today, I didn't venture far from home. This is my favorite time in my garden. Lots of cool shapes and colors. I wish I was smart enough to figure out how to have this much color and variety for longer periods of time. This opening clematis wasn't the showiest photo I took, but I liked the simplicity and the texture.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Out playing with my new camera this afternoon. Unfortunately, no sunshine. But there is never a shortage of barns around here. I am amazed that I have been at this for over 500 days and I can still find new "old barns" or new angles on barns to shoot in the area. Lots of history in these old barns.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Enjoyed a walk to the farmer's market with Erik and Roswell this morning. The pretty blue sky (something we haven't seen in a while) seemed to be framed by this non existent sign.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Was really trying to take a "busy" picture of bees for my mood for the dailyshoot today but the bees weren't cooperating. Liked this shot of the lavender without the bees. Looking forward to a little sunshine and some time outside this weekend.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Sitting on the ferry tonight and saw this barge. Every time I see a barge, I am reminded of a song we used to sing in Girl Scouts. As I traveled along, I played through several old campfire favorites in my mind. Lots of fun memories.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Got up early enough to go down to the water front in Gig Harbor and go for a walk in the rain before my meeting this morning. Decided to take advantage of the rain and clouds and highlight the rain and clouds in my photo.