Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Antique Flowers and Gold

Both of these postcards are from the early 1900's. One is postmarked 1911 and the other 1914. My Granny loved gold and both of these postcards remind me of her and her love of gaudy gold. Her birthday would have been this week. For those of you who are supporting Ryan and me for the WTA hike-a-thon this year, Here is the link to our donation page! Hike-a-thon

Saturday, August 27, 2016

National Parks were FREE this weekend!!

I did 4. 5 miles on the Alki Beach Trail on 8/24 From Me Kwa Mooks Park to Jack Block Park
Weatherwatch Park

The view from Cormorant Cove
Lots of sidewalk street walking, but the little parks keep popping up

Charles Richey Viewpoint just past Constellation Park

Palm Trees on Alki

Seals out on this barge in Eliot Bay

View from Jack Block Park

I went back to Marination Kai to have lunch after my hike!

Unfortunately, it was high tide or I would have walked out to the Alki Lighthouse from the waterside...which is one of my favorite things to do. Ryan does this hike almost every single day that he is in Seattle. He calls it his Alki Walk. You leave from our house and go down to the water and come out close to Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook and then he walks all the way around Alki Beach passing so many little "pocket parks"  Me Kwa Mooks, Weather Watch, Cormorant Cove, Constellation, Charles Richey Viewpoint, until you get to the Alki Beach area from there, you hike on around Duwamish Head and towards the West Seattle Bridge. Just past Salty's on Alki is Jack Block Park. They used to have really neat information signs about the port at this park, but they are gone now. Probably the victims of vandalism. I learned a lot about the Port of Seattle from those signs that are now gone. But the views are still awesome from Jack Block Park. You can see all of the Port and downtown Seattle.

 So far my total mileage for hike-a-thon is 33 miles and we have raised $809 for the WTA

Just click "Sponsor Me" to make a donation. Thank you in advance for your generosity! And for those folks who don't want to send money thru the internet. The old fashioned way of writing a check and putting it in the mail works too.  Just make checks out to WTA and you can send them to me at PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA 98116  Many Thanks to Gretchen who made a donation this week!! September 7th is the LAST Day for contributions!! (Suzi!!)

August 25th thru 28th entrance to National Parks will be Free

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Animals


 Just some random postcards with wildlife on them. Postcards like these can be found all over the country. And they can be found at National Parks all over the USA. This year is the centennial year of the National Park Service! August 25, 2016.

For those of you who are supporting Ryan and me for the WTA hike-a-thon this year, Here is the link to our donation page! Hike-a-thon

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Training for the Camino!

At the end of the summer, I am going to meet Ryan in Portugal and walk with him to Santiago, Spain on the Portuguese Route of the Camino de Santiago.  So I have been "in training" getting used to a new backpack and carrying more weight than I usually carry while hiking.  Luckily, I don't have to carry a lot because we will be staying in albergues (hostels) and we will be walking through towns everyday, so I don't have to carry several weeks worth of food and water. Nor do I need to carry a tent or extensive sleeping bags etc. 

My Portuguese phrase book, Camino Map and my Credential 

Just an oversized day pack really!
On the Green River Trail for Hikeathon

Green River Trail on a Sunny Sunday

So on Sunday, August 14th, I did 4 miles on the Green River Trail wearing my Camino Backpack.

On Monday, August 15th I traveled over to Bellevue to hike around the Mercer Slough Nature Trails. I did the Heritage Trail, The Bellefields Trail and the Lake to Lake Trail for a total of 2 miles of hiking. 
Lots of folks out on the water trail today!!

Flowering shrubs near the boardwalk

Unfortunately, the Blueberry Farm Farmstand is CLOSED on Mondays. So I did not get to pick any blueberries (although I did notice that some folks were just walking in and picking some for themselves anyway) or purchase any produce for my dinner. I had to go to the Safeway Grocery Store instead. Not much fun in that.

August 16th found me at Seward Park in Seattle. I hiked for 2 miles around this park in the city on the loop trail and Sqebeqsed Trail
Seward Park

Gorgeous Afternoon

I wish I could have gone in the water

August 17th Dash Point Park, 2 more miles!!  The backpack is just second nature to me now. I think it will work out splendidly in Portugal.

evidence of logging in Dash Point Park

The Beach at Dash Point Park

Container ship headed for the Port at Tacoma

I've done 28.5 miles so far this month and we have raised $739 dollars!!  Thanks so much to Angele!! They finally credited your donation!

For those of you who are supporting Ryan and me for the WTA hike-a-thon this year, Here is the link to our donation page! Hike-a-thon    Many thanks to  for their donations this week!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Gnomes

This year's postcard theme is that you don't have to travel to find postcards.  But so many of my quirky postcards do come from my travels. I visit bookstores and card shops all over the country. From a Hallmark store in New Jersey to an independent bookstore in Iowa, I am always on the lookout for fun postcards to send to my friends.
For those of you who are supporting Ryan and me for the WTA hike-a-thon this year, Here is the link to our donation page! Hike-a-thon  And I promise to send you a postcard if you give me your address too! Many thanks to Lisa and John S. for their donations this week!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Urban Hiking around Seattle

So glad to be back home in Seattle to get in a few miles on my home turf. My first day back I did one mile at Lincoln Park on the Beach and Bluff Trails. It was an absolutely gorgeous afternoon in West Seattle, as you can see from this photo.
Fauntleroy Ferries coming and going

August 9th found me checking out the new extension of the Des Moines Creek Trail. This trail is always on my hike-a-thon list because it is very close to the airport and easy for me to just hop over and do a mile or two. Unfortunately, there is all sorts of road construction (or is it construction for the Light Rail??) Anyway it was difficult to get to the North End of the Des Moines Creek Trail where I usually park and walk from, so I drove on down to what I consider the new END of the Trail at Des Moines Beach Park and I parked there and hiked back up towards the airport.
The Beach at the End of the Des Moines Creek Trail

The water treatment plant, worst part of Des Moines Creek Trail
The trail used to end here at the water treatment plant, but now you get to go around it and down to the Beach!! Very cool in my opinion. I only did 2 miles on the Des Moines Creek Trail. When I reached the water treatment plant, I turned around and headed back to the Beach. By the way, there were crowds of people wandering around the Beach Park with their cell phones out, so I think it was a big Pokeman Go spot.  Myself and a lone bicyclist were the only ones who left the beach area and headed out on the trail !! LOL

Dragonfly Pavilion

Longfellow Creek

After a few days at work and time spent by the pool in Las Vegas, I came home and did 3 miles on the Longfellow Creek Trail in West Seattle. Another "go to" trail for me. The Longfellow Creek trail is in my "backyard" here in West Seattle and I usually include it for Hike-a-thon every year.

So far I only have 18.5 miles for hike-a-thon, but Ryan and I have raised $599 for Washington Trails! Our goal is $1500,,,,,,so we still have about 900 dollars to go....I just need 900 of you guys reading this to send in one dollar each!! Send us a dollar!! For Washington Trails!!

For those of you who are supporting Ryan and me for the WTA hike-a-thon this year, Here is the link to our donation page! Hike-a-thon    Many thanks to Ray, Gwen, JT and Steve for their donations this week!!

Monday, August 08, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Fishermen

I just love the artwork on these postcards. The artist is Claude Howell from North Carolina and the series is called Mending Nets.  I might frame these one day and put them on my walls, but for now, I will share them with you. For those of you who are supporting Ryan and me for the WTA hike-a-thon this year, Here is the link to our donation page! Hike-a-thon