Summer Hiking

Summer Hiking
Mt. Constitution

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Kristen and Jeffrey's wedding

Kristen and Jeff chose Storybook Farm in Redmond, WA, for their wedding celebration.  Blue skies and warm sunshine greeted the guests for the late afternoon wedding.  

 Guests listened attentively to the readings and recitation of the vows.

 The Kopczynski's take the opportunity for pictures whenever we are all gathered together for an event.
 Connie and Julia Esser
 Three generations - daughter Karen and granddaughter, Bradleigh
 Karen Stubbs and her god-daughter, Kammryn

 Grandma Theresa and Colin, now the same height!

Anne and Bradleigh; Jason and Jennifer

Brad and Kyra's sweet baby girl, Mackenzie, had more pictures taken than did the bride and groom.

 Tai Kopczynski, Kristen's sister in law, made all the home made treats!
We pray that their troubles be less
And their blessings be more
And all us, their loved ones, are here to say
God bless this couple who marry today!
Hold them close to you, Our Lord of Love
Bless this marriage with tenderness and mutual respect.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Lake Quinault

Karen and I stayed in a delightful little town near Lake Quinault on the last night and day of our adventure in the Olympic National Park.  Once again the scenery, the people, and God's creation caused us to pause and be grateful.

More big trees - this the largest Spruce Tree in the park. 

 After viewing the large Spruce tree, we took a short walk around the lake.
 A cozy, old fashioned motel with "thin" towels was our rest stop for the night.  I asked about a refrigerator and the hotel clerk said, "we don't have refrigerators...just trying to save money."  So, no refrigerator or microwave or big screen TV.  But look at the view:
Karen and I sat in the plastic chairs and watched a most glorious sunset.

The next morning we drove to the grand, old Lake Quinault Lodge and had a cup of overpriced coffee, just so we could enjoy the dining room.  I considered booking a room, but it was $452/night and not cancellable.  It was there that a woman kept staring at us and she finally came up to us and told Karen that she loved her hair!  No need to make excuses for going natural any more.  
The back side of the old lodge.

We enjoyed a 4 mile loop hike through another forest and along the lake.  Lots of 'sidewalks! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Forks, WA and the HOH Rain Forest

I booked a small cabin on the Huckleberry Lodge property in Forks, WA, for our second night in the Park.  This place exceeded all our expectations.  We were greeted by the famous Mick Dodge of Nat-Geo fame who encouraged us to use the hot tub and light the prepared camp fire.  

Studying the book and places to eat!

Kitty, the owner, generously prepared salmon for us.  She said someone gave it to her yesterday and she decided to share it with her guests.  We met a mom and daughter from Phoenix, a single guy from San Deigo, and two young college students from Minnesota.  The morning around the campfire was a highlight of the trip for me and that's what I love about Airbnb - the opportunity to meet and visit with people in a home-like setting.  
 The goat became a pet after Kitti and her family fell in love with him.  
 Karen enjoyed visiting with Mick Dodge about yoga, walking barefoot, and loving the earth

 Later we found this T-Shirt and poster at a coffee shop near the entrance to the Hoh Rain Forest entrance.

I did not know how famous this dude is until John told me when I got back home.  John loves to watch Nat-Geo and said "Mick is my hero."

 We loved this hike through the rain forest.  I think it's where we met a man named Loren who had his camera set up on a tripod.  He told us he'd been watching an elk through the trees and when he got ready to shoot the pictures several teenagers walked by, talking and laughing, and the elk ran away.  Loren hopes his photography provides a second career for him.  He's a police officer in New York City and plans to retire in five months.  He comes to Washington State every year on the anniversary of 9/11.  Most of his fellow first responders have since passed away from cancer, probably as a result of the clean-up and rescue.  So far, he said he's lucky, but spots could show up on his lungs any time.

We saw several nurse logs and other seemingly dead trees where new growth sprouted up.  The trees are enormous and plentiful in the rain forest.  The orange lichens showed a glorious spot of color!

I called this three-leaf clover, but it's really Oregon Oxalis, a gorgeous green color.
Maple trees in a special section of the Rain Forest, some just barely starting to turn color.
Not to be outdone by Mick Dodge, Karen hiked the last half-mile or so barefoot!