Autumn Road Trip [1]

Skagit River

As September closed, Liddy and I left June at a three-day quilting workshop in Bellevue, taking a road trip over the North Cascades Highway. Washington State Route 20 is the official name, but North Cascades is so much more appropriate.

We drove north, up Interstate 5 to Burlington where we crossed the Skagit, turning east onto SR20. This view of the river is several miles past the small town of Sedro-Woolley.

About the Image

Nothing special here. It is an HDR. As it was close to noon, and the light was what it was. I find HDR works well in these situations.

Ginger Julep

Ginger JulepOur good friends Paul & Kathy Cooper came down from Vancouver, BC, this past weekend. We went up to University Village in Seattle to wander about and have lunch.

There is a lot of  renovation and change happening at U Village. Some of the shops and restaurants we enjoyed are gone to be replaced by new ones. We chose a pleasant patio table at Piatti’s.

Piatti offers an Italian menu and our waiter suggested the Crispy Risotto Fritters. A pile of doughnut holes that were just… well lets just say Tim Bits don’t hold a candle to them.

My ill spent youth and genetics are catching up with me. The body is rejecting those alcoholic beverages that are so delightful Confused smile – I have decided that if I can only have a drink in a day, then I’m going to choose my poison carefully.

So, what to do? A Shirley Temple or a Roy Rogers, they just don’t show up on todays drink menus. Can’t imagine why.

This beverage was a delightful Ginger Julep. Probably way too much sugar, but that is easier to deal with. Going to have to find a recipe for this.

Oh and because of my restraint, I was able to enjoy an excellent Barbera from Jacuzzi Family Vineyards with dinner. A souvenir from our California trip earlier this year.

Great moments with Paul and Kathy.

Boise Creek

Boise Creek Revisited

Back in July, Liddy and I found this awesome cascade just 30 minutes from home. I posted about it here, Old Mill Falls.

Sunday afternoon, we packed up the full kit, and went back.

I Think This is Private Property

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Liddy was trying to be helpful and point out the notices about Private Property.
Hancock Timber wants everybody to know you are entering private land.

Did you get the permit

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Yes Liddy, I did get the permit. Hancock only charges $8.00 for a day pass if you want to walk or ride (non motorized) in. We didn’t know this back in July – well we did after we saw the signs.

Boise Creek Falls

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In addition to learning the name of the creek, I also happened upon a website which is an index of Northwest Waterfalls. The Northwest Waterfall Survey
This site claims the falls are 60 feet tall. One of my pet peeves about sites is the lack of dates. This page claims that Weyerhaeuser sold the property to Hancock in 2003 and then cut off public access. This may have been true 10 years ago, but as I have found, Hancock has a very good plan for recreational use of its timber lands. $8.00 is cheaper than a day pass to the Washington State Parks.

Bryan Swan at waterfallsnorthwest is probably run right off his feet trying to maintain this site. I was just reading his latest blog post and find that there is a site update in the works.

Boise Creek Cascade

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One of the things that I appreciate about the way Hancock is managing this land is the restriction on shooting and hunting. I feel a bit safer walking the woods here because of this. In some areas near our home, (less than a mile from major subdivisions) it is not uncommon to bump into hunters. There have been times when Liddy and I have decided to return to the car rather than risk walking into someones target practice session. Kinda scary really.

Oh well, just another moment here in the Northwest.

Strong Stuff

Where did August Go?

August was just nuts. Made it through the month and only picked up the camera to put it down again. Frustrating.

June’s leg is healing nicely thank you, and after some physiotherapy, she should be right as rain. You can see her walking cast in the group photos below.

Strong Family Gather – 2016 edition

So this is our annual Strong Family Gathering.


Our family, on my mother’s side – the Strongs – get together pretty much every year. Barb and Donny Smith do a fabulous job hosting this motley crew for dinner and playtime.

Give Us a Wave Then


Somebody said wave, so we did.

Family gone nuts


Somebody said show your good side…

Eileen Brooks – July 26, 1927 / August 12, 2016

Sadly, before the month was out, we came together again. This time to celebrate the life of Aunt Eileen Brooks. My cousins put on an excellent Irish Wake to send her on her way.


She will be missed.

Where did August Go?

So, in answer to the question I posed at the beginning of this article; August went on tour, up and down I5 between Bonney Lake and Abbotsford.

A Happy Dog

A Happy Dog

Liddy is always a joy to watch. Especially when I let her run in the meadows at the park. She always has a smile, and a fascination for things around her.