Issaquah - Carnation, Washington
In addition to returning to the Seattle area to see Jeff (my youngest, our number four, son), we want to see a couple highlights from our previous visit. Jeff came to spend Friday night with us so we get to share them with him!
Our first stop is Saturday-busy, but we luck out and grab a parking spot at Snoqualmie Falls on Hwy 18. With all the rain in the last year, we're surprised to see the beautiful 269' falls are as "thin" as they were during the drought two years ago.
It is still a stunning sight.
East of the falls is a mountain that watches over the little town of North Bend. Although named for Josiah "Uncle Si" Merritt, a local homesteader in the 1800's, Mount Si figures in the original stories of the Snoqualmie Tribe, and is sacred to the local people.
Some places really speak to us, and this mountain is one of them. We drive around the base, catching glimpses of it's rock formations from different angles. The homes here are huge, obviously very expensive. I hope they appreciate how blessed they are to live at the foot of this magical mountain.
|Where their "damn fine cup of coffee" is still as bad as it was in the TV show :-)|
|The new version of Twin Peaks is more violent that the original, but the little cafe still has a major role.|
|Just out the front door is that wonderful mountain.|
Sunday we load up and make a short 15 mile relocation to the little town of Carnation, Washington. Fortunately Linda told me about the closed (to vehicles over 6 ton) bridge, because the signs are worthless and our GPS doesn't know about it. We take an alternate route and arrive about noon at Tolt-MacDonald Park.
50 amp and water at large green sites, but getting level in site 15 is challenging. Later we find the single large tree next to us blocks the satellite - oh well, it's five nights.
We are very conscious of campground rules but I didn't remember from our confirmation that the check-in is 3 pm. We're often hours earlier than the official check-in and it's never an issue if our site is vacant. Today all but four sites are vacant so we're sure it isn't a problem.
Wrong. A ranger stops by to tell Bill "in the future don't arrive before 3 pm". Thanks for the nice welcome :-(
|Our view Sunday morning. I-90 on the other side of the single row of trees.|
|Sunday afternoon is much better! More trees on the other side of more trees.|
|Cows are big in a little town named for the Carnation Dairy Company.|
|Daisies just look like summer to me.|
|A unique cross at the old church.|
|This gorgeous fence surrounds the whole house and looks like an art piece.|
|I could never get our Hydrangea to bloom so I'm always envious when I see these huge bushes filled with blooms.|
|2x4s and cold beer at the same stop - gotta love small towns!|
Annapurna has a huge menu of tasty items. Just as good, is easy parking. I miss having a good Indian restaurant nearby. All too soon it's good-bye hugs. More than Indian food, I really, really miss Jeff!
|Seattle on a sunny afternoon - such a pretty city. Too many people, but still pretty.|
|Interesting information on the stats and history of the type of car, as well as the specific car's story.|
|Built in 1903 this oil-fueled locomotive spent most of its life in Idaho before moving to Oregon to pull lumber cars until its retirement in 1965. I love the wood frame, sliding windows.|
|This steam wrecking crane was built in 1908 and was used to clear tracks of train wrecks. The two cylinder steam engine powered two cables for lifting up to 75 tons. It was also capable of rotating 360 degrees.|
|Shay locomotives were known for their tremendous pulling power. Designed by Ephraim Shay in the late 1800's, this one was built in 1904 and retired in 1957.|
|The Shay has cylinders mounted vertically with power transmitted to the wheels through drive shafts and gears. It is a beast of a machine!|
|All the locomotives had "shelves" accessed through narrow (like thin child narrow) wooden doors.|
|Grease drips down the side of a box car.|
|Layers of paint flake on a tanker.|
|Ridges of an end cap on an enclosed auto hauler.|
|Corroded oil tanker.|
Our last day we stay home and enjoy our beautiful site. Although there is a large Girl Scout gathering at the park next door and at one of the campsites, it is quiet and peaceful here. Relaxing with a good book under clear skies is a treat. We watch the sky change, play a game of backgammon (my first) and partake of a few adult beverages.
|Large green space on a sunny afternoon.|
|Don't ride your bike down this path, there's a creepy guy following you!|
|The constantly changing sky puts on a show.|
|A pale sun dog.|
|A final good-night.|