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Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 9:16 pm on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I left the Olympic Peninsula at 8am. I was not tired so I kept driving…stopped at 6am, napped in the car til 8am then drove the last 4 hours to Longmont. It was kinda interesting driving all night with only the occasional truck about for company.  I fail to understand why I was not tired.


Big Arse Bridge!

Lots O yellow!

I was digging the neon white windmills.

Hmm,  have any idea what gets water and what doesn’t. I wondered if there was reason for the tree lined pasture looking bits.

Now,  that is a view! It was snowing and dark when I was traveling west.

And then, there was hill.

Idaho mountains.

Another for the “What is in Annette’s side view mirror” series.

And then there was snow! Wyoming I think.

Sure enough, it not even spring yet here.

There ya have it, 2010 Washington Road Trip.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington.

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 7:56 pm on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

For those of you who have not been following me for the past few years… I took a 14 day road trip June of 2009.. I decided it was high time I found out just exactly where  Highway 287 goes from Longmont,   Colorado.  I hit Yellowstone, figured Glacier was not far, rolled into Canada turned left to zip along Highway 3…decided I had seen plenty of mountains, turned left again when I noticed the map showed Highway 20 would take me all the way to the ocean in Washington State..little did I know the Cascades were between me and the sea. Following Highway 20 put me on a ferry across a bit of water..I still had not a clue as to where I was going I just knew 20 would get me to 101 where I could go south to the Redwoods and then back to Colo.  (if interested in this trip scroll down to June 2009, the posts should be there)

Imagine me,  having had a potty break and a walk,  sitting in the car with the door open, playing with my computer when an older lady with two small- ish dogs come in to view. I knew one was a Pomeranian the other was the same size but dude looked like a miniature Akita to me.  I ripped the earphones out of my ears to say “Goodness, he is cute..what is he?”  She smiled and said “He is a Pom too, he gets a lot of attention.”  We chatted about  this and that, she told me to pack up the computer and join her with  the dogs for a walk.  When we got back to the cars she said “I would like you to come home to meet my family.”  I shrugged replying  “OK”

The ferry came,  we all boarded, when we were let off on the other side I followed her home. I stayed three days.  Why not, we were having a grand time cleaning/freezing strawberries, making bread and cinnamon rolls..they are delightful people and easy to be round.

I was not out the door last June before they said “Come Back, Come back” and have been saying “come back” intermittently since.

I tell you this cause….. They live on the Olympic Peninsula, a place I had never heard of until I found myself there from random left hands turns last June. I returned in May of this year (2010).  To early for strawberry season but never fear some of the berries we packed away last time were still on hand for strawberry waffles and strawberries over angel food cake. This year I was introduced a new yumminess, seven minute frosting with coconut on a chocolate cake. Oh my, divine comes to mind!

The Olympic Peninsula  is truly a beautiful, wondrous place with a bit of everything, if ya want ocean they have it, if ya want lakes and streams, waterfalls and rivers they have it, if your more into mountains, by gum it’s there.  Stacks of wildlife and plenty of moisture to keep it all green, heck there are three rain forest areas that I know of..hmm should go find that map I was given. Phooey, I went looking for the map last night, no joy.  I have faith it will turn up.

Lake Crescent. It was sorta a green-ish blue color.

Another one of those glorious  places on  the planet where you can stand at the sea’s edge looking at  snow capped mountains.

I was told the name of this bay twice..Needle Point comes to mind but I could be wrong…perhaps someone will happen by to correct me.

Walks are always good with me!

The lighting was too good to pass up.

My friend’s husband has pictures of whales in this cove rubbing  on the rocks. Truly a sight I would like to see, a whale.

This may end up on the Favs of 2010 file. I do like it!

My friend’s family calls this tree Twisted Sister. Seems an apt name.

This is hard to see but the big vertical tree and the smaller one to the right are growing on what is called a “nurse log”. It is a fallen tree seeds land on and nurse to full growth.

Middle of no where, though this time I was not alone.

The family calls this one “Big Brother”. He is the worlds largest red cedar,  178 feet tall and 19.4 around. The old boy is workin hard to stay alive.

Another beach a bit farther south…it was considering raining.

The flora in this place does not disappoint.

It just makes me giggle I like it so much.

Well phooey, I don’t have a pic of the top of this tree.  Anywho, it is the largest Spruce at 191 tall and 58.11 around. I am lookin pretty small sitting up there.

Water of all kinds abound including falls.

We found the Elk.

Is this not amazing? Moss,  moss everywhere!

I am thinkin Bilbo and his band of hobbits should live in a place like this.

I have little doubt this one will end on the Favs 2010 file.

I am not sure this translates on film… this green ferny stuff was growing both in an out of  the water…so part of what you are looking at is fern through water.

Holy buckets! I dig this one!

The blue-ish stuff you see is the bottom. Wacky huh?

Remember the nurse log I was talking about? All four of these tree grew on a nurse log.

It was getting dark…. more elks!

Randy,  the bit of a fluff ball who started it all.

Did I mentioned FOOD, FUN, good company and HAT making were the order of  the week? It was good fun, I am will attempt to make a yearly trek to the Olympic Penn.

Next up..the mad dash back to Colorado

This and That, Road Trip 2010 start

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 11:40 pm on Sunday, May 16, 2010

Spring Break was a bit easier this year than last, one less barn and eight inches less of snow.

April was rough..I decided to give up sugar…the stuff is like heroin to me, imagine the withdrawal symptoms. Not only did I have a nasty headache for 10 days but all I really wanted to do was go back to bed..can I please please just go back to bed.

I started seeing an acupuncturist…the gal is a god send, my body understands and appreciates what she can do for me.  I am eating far better and far less than in the past, and no sugar, no carbs…. fruit, veggies and protein. I am not feeling nearly as good as I will but things are improving.

I have friends in Washington who asked me to come visit.  I had a client who needed to get her almost famous mastiff  show dog to Salt lake City.  I hopped in the car the 5th of May, dropped off Cedric- the almost famous and headed north west.

Mind you…I was not dawdling about so many of the road pics are from the car.

From a distance I thought this was a very cool tree on a hill in the middle of no where WY…when it decided to be a buffalo I had  to have a shot.

Wyoming..when there is nothing, there is truly nothing and then suddenly..something.

I was under firm instructions not to open the window far enough so Mr. Almost Famous could get his face out…no getting the show dog bug pelleted in the eye.

Even the almost famous have to sleep.

The more I travel the more I see windmills…yet not so much in my mind.

Seems to me those snow fences are doing their job.

Road construction amunction…shezz! It totally messes with  the timing of a road trip.

His Highness awake. Dude was a barrel of fun!

Wacky white stripes.

I so wanted a shot of only road up and over the hill but the silly trucks were everywhere, stopping was not an option..I was on a schedule, well more of a deadline.

I don’t ever remember being in Park City, Utah. I dropped Cedric off not long after this. I was missing him not 30 minutes later…dude was GREAT company.

Finally, after all the time I have been through Salt Lake, I get a shot which shows…..flat! Mountain!!

Another for the what is in Annette’s Mirror Series.

Where did all the trucks go? Sunset must be dinner time.

I am headed for an Idaho sunset.

Dang, now I am the only one out here.

I stopped and got out of  the car for this one..nearly froze my socks off in the process.  The colors are nice..yes?

Clouds can be cool too.

The eastern part of the Columbia River Gorge.

It was a monster from this distance…when  you get closer….

The river is to the right but I was digging the cliff-ish to the left as well.

Mt. Hood…what a nice day for a photo.

Bad photo but it’s a bit greener cause wait just another few miles,  a whole different world.

And then it was GREEN!!

HorseTail Falls.

I love this one!! Love it!

I arrived in Port Angeles, Washington at about 5pm the day after I left Colorado.

Olympic Peninsula pics up next.

Harvest Trees? Still?

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 11:01 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010

First pic oh the sea….it may have been along the Olympic Penn…I remember always wanting to turn west off the road solely to see the sea.



See the patch work with different ages of trees?




More wacky moss stuff.




Is that green or what?


There was a child and his father picking these, he may have called them Wolf Berries.  I tasted one, not so much as happy with the thing as the kid was.


This happen several times, I was weaving in an out of forest alternated with seashore.

Trees before the Sea

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 10:41 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010

I will have to go back to the Olympic Penn not only to see new found friends but to take more time visiting with the trees. In the mean time I have pics, lots O pics.





They are called Nurse trees cause while they decompose they are feeding the new baby trees growing on top.



One of my Favorite pics from 2009.





I do love filtered light.

Olympic Peninsula…who?

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 10:31 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010

Part of the reason I travel is cause I learn new, it  may be most of the reason,  though I do have an almost pathological need to see what is around the next corner.

I had see many a mountain on this trip. I needed me some sun and sea to play in, the map  suggested the best way to get to the sea was to go by way of highway 20 taking a ferry from the east side to Port Townsend on the west, hmm wonder what they call the bit of water.

Being I don’t plan much of anything I didn’t know,  if you truly wanted a spot on the ferry you were to call the day before, though they do have several spots for drive ups one could be waiting awhile, I was in no hurry and it was still day light.


Look familiar?  I waited in line, was not allowed on the 1st ferry to show was assured I would be on the next one. I got out of the car, wandered around a bit then when back to the car to play with my computer.

I was parked in a line with one other car who didn’t get on the 1st ferry. The two lines of space next to me started to full in, these were people who had reserved space the day before. At some point I saw an older lady with two dogs  walking between the cars. I shut my door so they could pass then saw the dogs, one was a classic Pomeranian, the other one was the size of a Pom but his coat looked more like a baby husky, full of fluff.

As I often do while out and about in the world, I asked the lady what on earth the fluffy dog was. She said with no hesitation, “He is a Pom too.”  She also mentioned she gets alot of attention with him cause he loves everyone has much as everyone loves him.

We chatted for a spell when she suggested I lock up my car and go for a walk with she and the dogs, there was still plenty of time before the ferry came aback and we would be able to see it.

By the time we go back to the cars she had decided she wanted me to meet her family.  “You don’t have any plans, why not come home (Port Angeles, on the Olympic Penn) with me?”

“Yeah, sure why not.”

I followed Ms. Pat home from the ferry and stayed two days with she and her family. We sliced three flats of strawberries, had long chats about nothing, made bread and cinnamon rolls and painted all of my fingernails electric blue. It was truly a delightful few days and a nice rest from the nonstop road.


Cute huh?

I gotta tell ya if ya plan every minute, there is no room for the unexpected.

A few pics from the ferry ride…



Musta found some fishes.


They looked like whirlpools to me, but I know nothing of such things.


Birds, birds and more birds, cool pic though!

Mountains to Coast

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 9:40 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010

Hills and Dales, Hills and Dales full of water. Many a mountain there was to be seen. Lakes of all shapes, sizes and do you believe the color of that water?





Looking back the way I had come.


Cascades, Oh my!

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 6:49 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010

I had no idea when I first saw the far off  mountain I would end up where I did.



I could not believe where the road was going, I just kept getting closer and closer.




Zig zag road.


The valley I drove up.



Amazing colors!



Truly the lakes abound in this place.


and the mountains…


Plenty of mountains.