in a perfect world of yancies: July 2011

31 July 2011

A Paradise So Nice, I Had To See It Twice

No disrespect to Leonard Nimoy, but this is clearly the cutest Spock ever:
Spock Lives!

Just loved the Hello Earth live performance of This Side of Paradise, from the first season of the original Star Trek series.

They recently released a great poster and video teaser:

Just two more shows! Saturday August 6th at 7:00, and Sunday the 7th at 2:00. I've seen it two times already, but who knows—you may even find me there again next weekend :)

26 July 2011

Summer at 5,400 Feet

Emily, Yancy, Mom D. at Louise Lake no.2
We went expecting wildflowers and hikes in the sun; we found the coldest July and latest melt-out in the history of Mt. Rainier National Park.

But, if I do say so myself, we managed to do all right anyway! Good weather for waterfalls, that's for sure.

Christine Falls:
At Christine Falls

Emily and Christine at Christine Falls

And perfect weather for enjoying the historic charm of the Paradise Inn:
Inside Paradise Inn

Fortunately, things a little lower on the mountain were dry and (mostly) warm. Did a bit of hiking around the Nisqually River:
Hiking the Nisqually River

Maybe you recall the recent (pure coincidence!) New York Times story about the river? Sure, some of their photos are better, but did they cross this exciting bridge?
Crossing the Nisqually River

Emily got some great photos that day, like this one:
(Click any photo to open in Flickr, where you can do things like see larger versions or download.)

Emily, Yancy, Boulder

We made it to Carter Falls! Huzzah!
Carter Falls
Couldn't really find an angle to get the falls in the shot, but the sign proves something, right?

Next day, surprise of surprises, we actually saw the top of the mountain!
Hey, the Mountain's Out! no.2

Was out for, oh, maybe 20 minutes. But hey, better than nothing :)
Hey, the Mountain's Out!

Had the best hiking luck in the Ohanapecosh area.

Saw some great old trees in the Grove of the Patriarchs:
Twin Douglas Firs

Hiked up to Silver Falls from above. Very cool.
Ohanapecosh River

Not very easy to photograph, but a highly recommended hike.
Mom Dominick at Silver Falls

Pretty impressed with some of the photos my mom took with her new camera. Paradise Inn exterior:

Back inside the Inn:
Clock at Paradise Inn

May not look like summer, even on the supposedly dry, Sunrise side of the mountain, but it seemed like a great time to me.
Yancy and Emily at Sunrise Point

11 July 2011

Summer Brilliance

Is it Monday already? And mid-July? Yikes... Good start to the month, though.

Spent the 4th on The Joker, a boat that our friends booked for a combination birthday and Independence Day party.
On the Joker
Love that silly flag on the front of the boat :)

Emily with Nick, the birthday boy:
Happy Birthday Nick!

Amazing to see the fireworks from the lake.
Happy 4th
Nick & Ben

Next morning we left for Spokane. Emily had some work to do there, and we'd heard great things about Highway 2. Great drive, and part of the Cascade Loop, a scenic byway through western Washington.

Much better than the Interstate, but still a tiring drive by the end. Fortunately, Spokane has a number of nice outdoor pools, including the Comstock Aquatic Center, our first stop once we were in town:

For the rest of the week, I read about Aristotle while Emily finished some projects in the Spokane branch of the archive—she even put together an exhibit of historic medical artifacts:
Medical Case

But don't worry, there was also time for relaxation, including a nice dinner in Coeur d'Alene, followed by a sunset hike around Tubb's Hill.

Took Highway 2 again back home, and found a nice picnic spot on the Wenatchee River:
Wenatchee River Picnic
Yummy lunch from the The Gingerbread Factory. Tasty "Cool Hand Cuke" sandwich; and of course the cookie was good too!

Speaking of sweets, did you know that Liberty Orchards, makers of Aplets & Cotlets, is in Cashmere, on Highway 2? The factory was closed when we stopped by, but thankfully the store was open... and they have free samples!

Before getting back to the city, we enjoyed the short trail at Deception Falls, not far from Stevens Pass:
Deception Falls

Deception Falls