Friday, October 23, 2009

Man, I Love WA This Time of Year!

It's been a doozy of a week--3 trips to Lakewood (20 miles from our place), 2 trips to Tacoma (16 miles from our place), 2 trips to Sumner/Bonney Lake (20+ miles from our place). Maybe i should be looking into purchasing carbon credits, eh? :o)

Here are a few highlights of the past couple days.

This is an ad for The Port of Tacoma...i thought it might be interesting for those of you who haven't been to Western WA before. It really is a picturesque area...too bad over developing has taken it's toll. That's Mount Rainier in the background you see, at it's feet are the Cascade Foothills (however it is a mountain range that runs N-S from Canada, through Washington, & Oregon, into Northern CA.) It hosts a plethera of volcanoes; some most famous to us being: Mounts Baker, Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, Hood, and Shasta. See those green splotches just to the left of the river there, almost up against the foothills? (that's the Puyallup River, btw, feeding into Commencement Bay) Hopefully, someday we'll own one of those!

We participated in a train ride on the city's rail line. Got a modest tour of the port.
Since my dad is a train geek of the highest order, he was very happy to hear that Ri was getting a real education that day. :o)
Truth be told, i think she likes trains just as much as him.

Then we visited the port. A bit of activity--more than i had anticipated, however, you can really tell that our economy is not doing so well. Last time we were here (1.5-2 years ago), big freighters like these were delivering a shipment of CATs and tons of foreign cars! While we spent 20 minutes here, we only saw one container loaded onto this ship.

It's never good when you return home from a long days drive to find this on your door....
too bad banana slugs don't need a solicitour's license, cause i could have called him in then.

This is a view of our beloved Mt. R from Bonney Lake.
We went shopping there with my friend, J, yesterday...acquiring crafting items for Christmas projects. I can't believe it's that time of year already!

We also made a quick trip to our favourite pumpkin patch.
Can you believe all these Giant Atlantic Pumpkins???

I was mentioning on my family blog last night that if only the Fairy Godmother had had a snail, maybe she could have turned it into a wrist watch with a timer for poor Cinderella. :o)

And of course, no trip to the patch is complete without a few goes at the pumpkin sling shot!!

This old building...i love this old building. It's in the area we wish to move to (right near the pumpkin patch.) If it wasn't so close to the hwy, i'd live in it! I hope someone comes to it's rescue soon. It has a neighbour in front of it that needs rescuing soon. I would think they would make great store fronts for a farm to market coop/locavore restaurant.

It's always nice to return home and see the amazing colours in town from the front yard too.

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