Talus Loop 1/14/18

I love hiking, but sometimes I just don’t love the getting ready, getting up early, heading out in the car etc. This sometimes means that although we plan to hike at the weekend, it can take a long time moving and therefore we lose the light especially in winter, or we need to find a shorter hike to do.

Talus Loop is one of those hikes. It is short, around 4 miles long; it is nearby, less than an hour; and it gives beautiful views!

We headed out to arrive at the trail around 11am, as we drove past the parking lots for Little Si and the overflow lot, I noticed the number of people walking along the road – this is not a good sign! It means the lots are busy and full, which in turn means the trail will be busy. We turned into the parking lot for Mount Si and it was a disaster zone. Cars were parked in any way they could, thankfully no one blocked others in! Mount Si is a well used trail, it is about 8 miles long, but with a lot of elevation. The Talus Loop is a right turn loop off of Mount Si.  We drove around the lot twice, and thankfully found a spot! We weren’t entirely sure what to do if we hadn’t!

The trail is well used, and therefore in good condition. It has been raining lately, are we surprised it is January in the Pacific Northwest?! The path was muddy, at times water was running on it. It was not slippery, nor was it off-putting. The weather was beautiful and I wore too many layers, so near the beginning I took some off, realising later on that I didn’t have my woolly hat 😦

 

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Just before a mile, a sign post appears letting you know which direction you want to take, we veered to the right which takes you through trees which are so green at the moment. This trail is less travelled, most choosing to stay on the main Mount Si trail. We passed about 6 people for the entire time we were on it. This path gently slopes upwards, and is easy to follow. We came to a split in the trail, with a sign post saying “Roaring Creek Trail”. I have a GPS tracker on my phone, so we had a look to see where this goes, how long it is, and if we can get back to where our car is. On the tracker it was labelled as Lower Teneriffe Connector, and we could see that it loops back onto the Talus Loop and just at the right point to hit the views!

Walking this new path, which neither of us have done before we discovered a bridge which goes over a small river coming out of a waterfall.

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We realised that we had been walking down hill since we joined this path, and that only means one thing! We had to head back upwards. This was not a problem though, the upwards was actually easy.

We re-joined the Talus Loop, unfortunately we didn’t miss the switchbacks 🙂 Heading up those I began to get excited. It was a warm, clear, beautiful day so the views would be amazing. Plus we could eat some food!

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Stopping to look at the views is the mid-way point, after that it is the way back down. We discovered the tree roots which I love, and then walked back along the trail until we joined back to the Mount Si trail.

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We found my missing hat!! Someone had kindly picked it up and placed it on a rock.

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We had a beautiful hike, and were now looking forward to heading to the airport to pick up my friends who were arriving from the UK, but they had been in New York and Toronto before heading to Seattle.

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Week 3 of Project 365

Week 3 is here 🙂 The weekend involved getting my hair cut and coloured – no more blue but we’ve added red! A fun hike with the Hubster up a trail we often do when short of time, or feeling lazy. This time we extended it slightly down the Roaring Creek Trail which re-joins the Talus Loop we were on. Then on Sunday one of my closest friends from the UK visited with her Hubby. They ended their honeymoon with us, after spending time in New York and Toronto. Seattle was as usual wet and damp this time of year, but it was lovely to spend time with them with no set plans!

Monday was a day off for us as it was Martin Luther King day, Tuesday I went around the stores including the craft ones so my friend could pick up some yarn to take home. I’m on a “NO SPEND JANUARY” so this was really hard but I succeeded. Wednesday through Friday were work days, but I was able to pop out for a quick lunch so I could see my friends before Hubster drove them to the airport.

13th Jan – Hairdressers 🙂

14th Jan – Little waterfall on Roaring Creek Trial off Talus Loop. More photos are here.

15th Jan – Marie Cat looking cute as pie ❤

16th Jan – Our neighbour gave us this plant for Christmas which has bloomed now. Apparently it should be a red flower!

17th Jan – Lasagne made by my friends, it was amazing and lovely and really needed after a long day at work!

18th Jan – Crochet hat, quick and easy project and such a stash buster!

19th Jan – Long day again at work, but I found time to relax and play some piano.


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Week 2 of Project 365

Here we are in week two, and this has been an exciting week! We have NEW WINDOWS!! This makes me so very happy, no more breeze coming through our back door, no more windows moving in the wind, no more water getting in between the panes and no more heat escaping!

6th Jan – I’ve been trying to utilize our space room/study room/craft room space better. Trying it with my desk facing the wall instead of overlooking the balcony so I can also use the top of the bookcase.

7th Jan – I have a poster to track my running for this year, I’m giving it a tick everytime I run…even if it’s a walky run 😀 I’m trying to get back into running, even though the weather is awfully wet!

8th Jan – Crochet! I have a separate site and Instagram for my crafts to keep them together but this is the only photo I took today. I receive a monthly crochet box from Little Box of Crochet. I am a little behind making them, so this is the Blue Sky Hug Scarf.

9th Jan – I’m almost there with making my desk space cosy and personal.

10th Jan – One of our windows on the back wall, and we opted to have it open a little bit on the ground, partly so we don’t have to have the back door open to give air flow but also so we can try and build a catio on the deck from here for Max and Marie. Here is Marie already giving it a good sniff!

11th Jan  – The window people had been in so the house hadn’t had time to heat up so I hid in the bedroom! Max decided to be a silent non-scary hunter and I did not know he was above me until his tail swooshed my face!

12th Jan – I saw a friend for lunch near to my main work place, it’s a wonderful chocolate and coffee shop which overlooks part of Mercer Slough. In warmer months there are kayakers on the water along with the wildlife!

Happy week to everyone, this is a blog hop linky. Check everyone else out too!

 
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Poo Poo Point 01/01/2018

What a wonderful start to the year, a hike up a mountain. Tiger Mountain to be precise.

I’ve never been up any of the hikes on Tiger Mountain, I know that Hubster has and this was lovely. So lovely in fact that I forgot to take any photographs except when we reach the two points we stopped off at!

We met with one of my friends who I used to regularly hike with, when I started working early morning babysitting during the week it meant I wasn’t able to go hiking as we often started at 7am. I’m trying to work out how best to get my weekly hikes back in – initially me and Hubster said we would hike one weekend day this year, but to be honest we are exhausted!

Back to this hike….

We reached Poo Poo Point via the Chirico Trailhead, which is about 30 minutes drive away from where we live. It had a decent sized car park, we arrived before dawn and there were a fair few cars already in the lot. The hike up was comfortable, I’ve not been out in a while so I had the usual annoyances of being unfit, struggling with the steep sections but other than that it is a nice walk up. Lovely views through the trees every now and then, including this one!

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After dawn broke we started to see and meet people on their way down who had watched the New Year in from the top.

The Chirico Trailhead comes to wide open area, with a view, porta-potty and some benches. Here is a little video of this view along with “HAPPY NEW YEARS” which are very cute ❤

 

We continued from this point for 5 ish minutes to Poo Poo Point, we were the only people there. This is also where the paragliders take off from! This is also the same area in which McDreamy built his house in Grey’s Anatomy 🙂 See here for a reminder or if you aren’t a Grey’s Fan 😀

The sun was shining beautifully through the trees as we made our way back down the trail. My camera does not do this justice at all.

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All in all this was an amazing start to the year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018

 

Week 1 of 365

So this is the first week, days 1-5. I am choosing to write mine Saturday to Friday as I know I will not have time to do any typing up on a weekend.

1st Jan – Early morning New Years Day hike to Poo Poo Point, WA

2nd Jan – Max finally fitted himself in this tiny box

3rd Jan – Family time watching a movie

4th Jan – Work day

5th Jan – Night on the town to the movies with my best friend here in the States, Downtown Seattle is a really beautiful. Pike Market on one side and a view of the Space Needle on the other. I highly recommend seeing Ladybird if its on somewhere near to you!

This is a blog hop, but I missed the deadline :/ Next week!!

2018 is here…

Welcome to 2018 🙂 This is the year I give this a proper go. I enjoyed writing the few posts I did up until April 2017 and then life took over so much of my time and I just did not have anytime to write, hike, take photo’s etc or so I tell myself. Maybe I just didn’t know what to write, or who was reading. Hi Mum-in-Law! Therefore I lost the umph.

This year my main resolution I would like to focus on is ME. I want to find the time to do the things I love – hiking, music, crafts – whilst still working! I am currently working 3 jobs, all which I love but it does cut into my time by quite a lot.

Friends are so important to me, and I miss them all so very much. In the last couple of months I’ve discovered the app Marco Polo and it has been a life saver! I love seeing my friends and their children’s faces almost daily! My best friend here in Seattle brought me the most beautiful note cards for Christmas so I am looking forward to sending snail mail throughout the year to my nearest and dearest!

I’m aiming to walk and run the year 2018, 2,018 miles in one year. This works out to around 5.5miles or 11,000 steps per day. I’ve got a couple of posters which I can fill in as I go, plus an online tracker to see what I do daily. Thank you Fitbit! I have gone back to tracking my steps. I’ve got a lovely personal trainer who is going to help me get back into running in an healthy way, good running form but also good nutrition. Through this I hope to get back into climbing. That is a really good date night, plus used to end with getting a pizza slice or two 😀

I love my crochet and knitting projects – anyone need a baby blanket or nice newborn set?! I have a few couple – and my planners and paper crafts so I am trying to find time to fit those in as well. All in moderation I think.

I’m trying Project 365 again this year. One year I’ll complete it I’m sure! In January I am going to simply take a photo a day, but then from February I think I’ll have a look at photo prompts.

I liked the idea I had of tracking my hikes last year on a map, taken from Pedalling to Patagonia, and I’m going to do that again. New map will be up soon because we started our new year with a hike up to Poo Poo Point which is where a certain McDreamy had his house *swoon*

Without further ado, the year has started, Hubster is at his piano lesson and I’m listening to 2 cats wailing for food even though their bowls are full, therefore I’ll sign off and tidy up the blog to restart.

xxx

Project 365 Week 13 & 14

Let’s take a backwards trip by two weeks! It took a while for me to find some missing photos from my real camera, and the weeks seem so far away. Less rambling from me and onwards to the photographs for these two weeks.

Week 13

Day 85 – I love a flowering tea.

Day 86 – Neighbourhood cats decided to come sit on our deck and tease our two indoor cats.

Day 87 – Marie Cat sunbathing on the bed

Day 88 – Again, Marie cat having a stretch out!

Day 89 – Flowers on the bushes at my work place

Day 90 – Mount Si wandering on a Friday with two lovely ladies. We had some interesting conversations surrounding gun ownership, and carrying on the trail. This came from the recent shooting in London, and me being asked why the British public don’t fight for our police to open carry.

Day 91 – I hadn’t taken a photo all day, so here is my lava lamp and treble clef.

Week 14

Day 92 – It was the WAAAlk in Kirkland. Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy walk in Kirkland, we often go for a wander at the weekend so we went and looked at the stalls, I saw one of my parents at her stall as she opened a school for children with autism. I love that she did this, but also sad that in our area it is necessary for a parent to do this because the school districts are underfunded and cannot provide adequate support. We ate Sushi afterwards and it was really good 🙂

Day 93 – Max Cat! He’s grown in so much confidence and now really likes the tunnel

Day 94 – Daffodiles in our garden, a splash of colour 🙂

Day 95 – Bad news from home so no photo. My granddad died today. I now have the funeral date, and will be going back to the UK on the 24th April.

Day 96 – Crochet and Marie cat.

Day 97 – Snuggles with Max cat in bed.

Day 98 – Tacos for dinner at a little restaurant in Redmond, after we saw Ghost in a Shell at the iPIC.

Happy wanderings to all those doing Project 365 🙂

Tulip Town and Clayton Beach 04/16/17

Sometimes it is easier to insert a map to show where we visit, especially as no one lives here with us! We drove up, towards the Canadian boarder over Easter. It was a sunny day *yay :)* and this place has been raved about since we moved here. I am really pleased we left so early, and I’m also really pleased we missed our turning as it meant we were not stuck in traffic on the I-5, and we were able to see some stunning views on the back way into the venue.

It cost us $7 each to enter and see many different varieties of tulips, and some pop up stores which sold paintings, seeds, bulbs and kites. We wandered the fields, looked at the planned enclosed gardens and ate some ice-cream!

Tulip Town is owned by the De Goede family who were originally from Holland, and they open it for the month of April for people to come and see the tulips and bulbs. Click here if you want to find out more. There was also some placard information that the tulip bulbs were originally distributed from Canada as a sign of peace. Some also go to Washington DC. During the war, Canada took in the Royal Family from Holland and the Princess was born in Ottawa, who in turn raised the Dutch Flag so her heritage remained intact. As a sign of Thanks Holland sends tulips each year. Read more here!

I still have not got the hang of writing, and I know I tend to read blog posts with photos! So here are my photos from our day around the Tulip Town!

We weren’t ready to make the 1.5 hour journey home again after wandering the Tulips so decided to go for another little drive further north and along Chuckanut Drive which Hubster had previously been told would be a nice place to visit and drive his fast car along. We were in my jeep so there was no fast driving! It was a really scenic drive, which usually would take 20ish minutes but today took 50minutes! We stopped at Larrabee State Park and searched for the trail down to the beach 😀

The walk started in trees after we had crossed the busy main road, and was easy to follow until we came to a clearing and there was a train track with the following sign on…do we cross or not? Is this a used line? We saw a family come from the otherside and cross so we did too.

On our back to the car we crossed this, and then a little car on the tracks came past. The family in front of us told their children that it was keeping the track clear for the Amtrax train up to Canada….so yes, we discovered that this is actually a train track which is used.

Lots of dogs at the beach having fun in the sun. We sat and watched the massive sea gulls flying, and secretly hoped we would see some Orca Whales. No such luck, but maybe one day.

We went back to the car, and drove down towards home, stopping at a Panera Bread. It is like a Pret. I giggle everytime we buy some lunch there though, as they offer “baguette, apple or chips (crisps)” with any of the sandwiches, soups, lunch stuff. I ordered a BBQ flat bread, and apple on the side. Hubster did a great job of ordering a baguette sandwich with side of baguette!! Why offer baguette with a baguette?! Makes me giggle every single time. Why do people think they want basically one filled sandwich and one plain one!? I digress….

This is a map to show just how close to Canada we were! 30 minutes in medium traffic!

Project 365 Week 15 & 16

So I am a little out of order, I am missing some photos from the previous two weeks – they are on my actual camera rather than my phone so I need to find that before I can write up. Plus I am a whole month behind! Not only my own post writing, but also visiting everyone else involved in this project. I’m having a computer afternoon and evening today so I will not only catch up on writing but also visiting! In order to catch up lets go straight into photos!

Week 15

Day 99 – We were out gardening and suddenly saw that Max had gotten himself up on the upper window! This is really high, we have floor to ceiling windows. Later on this week he walked all the way to the end and got himself stuck which meant I had to stand on a chair and coach him to jump into my arms! Daft thing.

Day 100 – Marie cat being her usual pretty self.

Day 101 – My backpacking tent arrived from REI….I cannot wait for August when I use this with two hiking ladies 😀 hoping to use it before then but depends if we can all find dates to work! Of course I had to set up indoors.

Day 102 – Pansy! We planted this over a year a go to see how quickly they would grow in glass jars as possible table favours at our wedding. Pleased we didn’t just hope as it’s only just bloomed!

Day 103 – I love to see this view when I pull up after work. They are the talk of our section of the complex, seems they spend most of their days staring out the bedroom window!

Day 104 – Pub. Silly, uppity, snobby pub food. This is Mac & Cheese, granted it tasted really good and it was happy hour, but we then left the pub and went to the club house on our complex for “dinner” because I was starving! I would pay more money to have a decent sized plate of food which fills me up, rather than $6 for 5 mouthfuls of food!! *rant is over*

Day 105 – The weather has turned really nice, so we went for a wander around our complex. We have a couple of lakes where we live, this is the main lake which has two swans (plus fish/ducks/geese etc). This sign is well needed – that swan swam really fast towards where we were walking along the path, we moved pretty sharpish up the slope and away from the lake! Once on the other side of the lake we went back to the lower path, and this swan made a beeline for us again! We think they either have mated and there is a nest nearby, or they are trying to mate but…..we were also told they are gay and actually two males. So maybe they are just grumpy!

Week 16

Day 106 – Tulip Town – read more here – there is a town which has tulips! It was a beautiful day, the sun was out and the drive was ok! We live 60 miles from Tulip Town in Skagit, and this place is only 70 miles away from the Canadian border. Later on this year we will be visiting Canada 😀

Day 107 – Instead of sitting on top of the bookcase where there is a lot of space, I found Max in the cubby hole, squashed and surrounded by our piano music. Daft!

Day 108 – Last winter I planted our spring bulbs, and now my tulips are nearly out! I was really pleased with the crocus, then the daffs and now with the tulips! 😀 I have my fingers crossed for all my summer bulbs which are finally planted!

Day 109 – Yup the sun is here – not due to stay – and the cats are loving it! Sometimes I feel we should let them out, but they are not top of the food chain here. Too many lost cat posters up, there are multiple things which eat cats in this area.

Day 110 – Blossom. Outside my other real life job, there is this beautiful big blossom tree. Makes me smile, and I love seeing the children’s faces when they walk or are carried underneath it.

Day 111 – Friday night drinkies out in Kirkland. We found a voucher for Anthony’s Homeport which we were given for joining the dental practice we go to, so we decided as it was such a beautiful evening to catch the bus — yes we have public transport, it is limited and not reliable but there is a bus — wander the marina, and eat out. They do seasonal cocktails and it is rhubarb season in Puyallup so Anthony’s had a Rhubarb Drop cocktail. Vodka I think!

Day 112 – Saturday morning wander for coffee and a doughnut and these big pink blooms looked too inviting to not photograph. It was either this or a photo of my bookcase which I reordered!

 

I have had a busy, challenging 4 weeks. I have a last minute flight booked back to the UK leaving this coming Monday for my Grandad’s funeral. He went into hospital in March and sadly passed on the 5th April, hence why I am so far behind my posts. Me and Hubster spent a long time trying to decide whether we could afford for me to go back and see him whilst in the hospice, or wait a little as he had been given months. Unfortunately it was weeks instead and the decision was made for me! This has been the most challenging aspect of living so far away from my family. I’ve been sad to miss friends weddings, and jealous of all the snuggles friends have with newborn babies in my friendships, but not being there to say goodbye to a family member before they die has been heart-breaking. The emotions I’ve gone through have been a roller-coaster : from grief, to guilt, to envy and jealously and back to grief. But it is hard to grieve when you are so far away from those who know and remember that person.

I hope everyone else has had a great month, and I look forward to reading and seeing what everyone is up to. 🙂

Olallie Lake via Pratt Lake Trail

Oh wow to this hike! We went with Sausage and Igloo today, which is lovely to share hiking with them.

Firstly we were all a little surprised at how much snow was at the start of this trail, I expected snow but not until a little further up. We started with our chains on our feet to from the very beginning and kept them on the whole way. I kinda wished I had my snowshoes for the end of the hike as it would have made it easier than the pot holing we ended up doing. But I made it to the lake!! 😀

I need to take my photos off my camera, so will do that tomorrow – currently I’m sat in front of the T.V at 9:30pm with The Vampire Diaries on! I’m watching from the beginning as I missed the last 2 seasons. Any way I digress — I’ll update this post tomorrow. In the meantime have some photos from my phone of Olallie Lake ❤