Forty Years Ago…….

I once had a conversation with my grandpa who told me he’d recently found himself saying “forty years ago… ” and he remembered back when he was younger how some older folks would also say “forty years ago” and wasn’t it curious that he now found himself saying the same thing and I remember him telling me this little tale in his slow grandpa voice about forty years ago…..

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Two birds and a bridge

You keep to your space and I’ll keep to mine….

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Fort Bragg, CA

Coast Redwoods

Off we go on another road trip down the beautiful West Coast (and best coast) of the USA, headed toward the majestic Coast Redwoods!   We leave Seattle and after three days cross the border into California on Highway 101 enjoying the same awesome ocean views we had grown accustomed to in Oregon.

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But now we move inland to take the scenic parkway through old growth forest gazing upward while we look for the tops of the giant beauties before us, the Coast Redwoods, the tallest living things on earth.

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We hike deep into the woods through giant trees and ferns and moss-covered maples, then move on to the next roadside attraction, The Big Tree.

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This beauty, estimated to be 1500 years old towers 304 feet over us.   Some friendly travelers take our picture with the Tree and we return the favor.

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Coast Redwoods grow in a narrow strip along the Pacific Coast of California and southwestern Oregon. Its cousin, the Giant Sequoia, grows only on the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas. The Coast Redwood is the taller of the two growing up to 380 ft high while the Sequoia is greater in total size growing up to 32 feet in diameter.

We continue to the Avenue of the Giants driving slowly through the majestic trees that dwarf the road below…

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Stopping for an easy loop trail through Founders Grove where we see this beauty….(the tree I mean)

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And continue around fallen ones leading us to ask the question, ‘if this tree fell in the forest and nobody was there to hear it would it make a sound?’  And the answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’

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After two days in the land of the giants we say goodbye and head back to the coast on highway 1 where we are rewarded with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. We are still impressed.

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~ Susanne

Snoqualmie Dreaming

I love living in the Pacific Northwest where we are surrounded by an incredible landscape of mountains, rivers, forests and seas.  Within a couple of hours you can be at Mt Rainier

Mt Rainier
Mt Rainier

or Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

or Columbia River Gorge.

Columbia River
Columbia River

Or you can opt for closer to home and still see some killer scenery in less than an hour.

One favorite local drive is to Tolt-MacDonald Park in the Snoqualmie Valley.  Snoqualmie.  Even the name is beautiful, don’t you think?  The park showcases the river and a 500 ft suspension foot bridge that frames the surrounding views of rolling farmland and the Cascade foothills.

Snoqualmie River
Snoqualmie River

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We visited the park on New Year’s day when it was crisp, cold and clear and perfect for a short drive.  Even the grass was beautiful that day.

Icy grass
Icy grass

And on up the road is famous Snoqualmie Falls which is always worth a stop to view the falls from above

Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls

and to make the short trek to see them from the river below.

Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls

Of course today I am only dreaming of these places, as I look out the window at gray skies, light winds and intermittent rain.  A typical Seattle Memorial Day weekend.  ~ Susanne

Tiger – a new day

Good Morning all. Tiger again.  The first light of day has begun to dawn through the closed blinds and I must needs go out to hunt the small ones who reside in the bush.  I hear them through the walls.  I sense them in my whiskers.

Bob is up and Sue tosses.  She is the one I must wake but though my eyes speak she doesn’t hear.  I must resort to the mew, though she does not appreciate that, I have learned.  But what can I do?  The small ones will escape and I need the chase to release the energy stored up overnight in my limbs.

“Mew,” I say quietly so only she can hear.  She stirs but does not rise.

“Mew,”  I say again a bit louder but still there is nothing.

“Meow!  Meeowww! ” I say again so she has no excuse to pretend she does not hear.  Some movement but still the door remains closed.  I hate when the door remains closed.

I begin to panic as I hear the small ones get away.

“Meow!   Meowwwwww!   Meowwwwww!”

“Oh Tiger!” she says and she is up and finally opens the door.

My day has begun.

Morning Tiger
Morning Tiger

 

Never wake a sleeping Tiger

Okay, so I like to sleep. It’s one of my favorite things.  In fact, I don’t know what I like best, batting around small rodents who dare to cross my kingdom or stretching out on Sue’s bed with the room heated up to a toasty 74 degrees while TV provides the buzz that sends me to kitty lala land. On second thought, that’s the clear winner.  Sleeping.

Sleeping Tiger
Sleeping Tiger
Yep, that's me
Yep, that’s me

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Sleeping –  It’s what I do best.  ~  Tiger

 

Happy Garden Herbs

Is there any plant so cheerful or faithful as the herb?  I stepped outside this evening when the rain was falling lightly and found my herbs all aglow..

Rosemary, lavender, oregano, chives

Rosemary, oregano, chives, and lavender.

 

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