Friday, July 29, 2011

Motorcycle Ride along Marine View Drive

We have been out on the motorcycle for the past two days, enjoying the beautiful sights around our neck of the woods.  We left early, so the morning clouds hadn't yet made way to the full sun of the afternoon.  Our first side trip was by Lake Cassidy.  The Centennial Trail goes right past the lake. If you are out riding a bicycle or walking the trail between Lake Stevens and Getchell, you will find a public access area.  We rode the bike to the other side of the lake where there is a parking area and a boat launch.
As you can see, it isn't a well-known or crowded lake.
We followed Marine View Drive from Marysville around through the Tulalip Indian Reservation and into Stanwood.  By the time we got to where we could see the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, the sun was fully out and it was feeling really perfect for a ride.
Along the Pioneer Highway, we saw miles of corn fields.
and picturesque barns.
In Stanwood we stopped at one of our favorite places to dine on the balcony in the sunshine.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday at Swartz Lake

Suddenly summer is upon us!  Time to head to the lake!
The instructions for our new "Relaxation Station" say "inflate slowly".  Believe me when I say, there is no other way to inflate this monster.  Even with a commercial compressor, it took over a half hour.  Well worth the effort, though!
Bart and Dan tried it out first and brought it back for a bit more air.
A side benefit:  it is like having a kiddie pool on the lake.  Kids can play safely on the mesh bottom and still leave plenty of room for adults to lounge.
Sadie in the sandbox
Sadie and Jonah make the car into a double-decker bus.
Moshe and Karen introduced us to a fun new Scrabble game

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Family Reunion July 2011

My nephew, Gabriel and his wife, Wanda, and daughter, Anouk, are visiting from Switzerland, so we had a gathering of the clan at the lake today to give Gabriel a chance to meet some of his US relatives.
He is doing a blog of his trip to the U.S
Gabriel and Wanda 
Amy and Wanda waiting for everyone to show up.
Teri, Gabriel, Mona, Kim, Carla
Kim, Gabriel, Anouk, Wanda, Brittany, Karma
Gabriel's Blog

Monday, July 18, 2011

Visitors from Abroad

My sister has been a resident of Switzerland for over 30 years now and all of her children grew up speaking German.  Although my nephew, Gabriel, speaks excellent English, his wife, Wanda, and daughter, Anouk, speak very little English.  It seems odd to have close family members who speak a different language, and it has been interesting to follow Gabriel's blog as they travel in the U.S.  His impressions of our country are very interesting and insightful.  His blog is

After a pretty bad summer weather wise, he arrived here in Washington on a really pretty afternoon.
That is me swimming in the distance.  Wanda and Anouk went swimming with me even though the lake is pretty cold still.
We all took a soak in the hot tub after our swim.
Wanda, Anouk, and Gabriel

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What do you do with your past blogs?

Today I am cleaning up old files on another rainy day in Washington.  It is hard to imagine most of the country sweltering when we will barely get to 65 degrees today.  I came in from picking strawberries this morning a muddy mess.  

The view from my office window shows a lake pockmarked with raindrops.  Yes, I could deadhead the rhodie, but I am not inspired to do that in a deluge.

So, I sat at my sadly overloaded computer and decided to do something productive.  As I am easily distracted, I started by checking to see how long I have been keeping a blog.  My first post was on September 13, 2009.  I thought it would be a good idea to get rid of the oldest posts to make room in cyberspace.  Then as I looked back through them, I couldn't bear to delete them.

So the question of the day - what to do with older blog posts?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July Birthday Party

July is a big birthday month in our family.  We celebrated three grandkids' birthdays this weekend.  Cupcakes are the in thing these days, so we had cupcakes rather than cake.
Adelyn turns 7
Colt turns 3
Daphne turns 1
Ty and Joseph
A Rubik's cube type puzzle is probably not the best choice for a child turning one, but it did say "Juvenile" on the cover.  Even the older kids were having a hard time figuring it out.  Daphne licked it and thought it was great though. 
A good time was had by all on a perfect day in the Pacific Northwest.  We all swam in the lake but mostly in the hot tub as the lake is still a bit cold for the kids when they have the option of the warm tub.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bike Ride to Snoqualmie Falls

Oh what a beautiful day it was!  We left the house around 10 and headed out Wood Creek Road, along Lake Roesiger, through Monroe and Duvall.  We stopped in Carnation at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Ixtapa for lunch.
Then we continued past the corn fields and flower farms along the Snoqualmie River as it winds between Carnation and Fall City.

At Fall City, we headed up the beautiful winding road to Snoqualmie Falls.   
Some nice engineer designed the parking lot with several motorcycle parking places right near the trail to the overlook.  We shed our coats in Carnation for the perfect riding conditions for the rest of the day.
My daughter, Amy, and her husband, Dan, chose the wonderful lodge that is perched at the top of the falls for their wedding.  The grounds are gorgeous with many picnic areas, a nice snack bar, and of course, the elegant dining room at the lodge.
It was such a fantastic day that we decided to take the long way home.  So took the Snoqualmie Valley Road instead of going back through Duvall.  We weren't entirely sure where we would come out at something we were familiar with, but we continued north and west until we hit Highway 9 just south of Snohomish.

It was a perfect day for a ride on a motorcycle in a perfect place when the weather cooperates.