Grove of the Patriarchs

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IMG_8687Some of my family came to town at the beginning of August. We spent a lot of time exploring Seattle, and also took a day to go to Mt. Rainier National Park.

After spending the morning hiking around Paradise, we visited the Grove of the Patriarchs near the Ohanapecosh Visitor’s Center. It’s about an hour to drive to get there from the Paradise Visitor’s Center, but the drive is beautiful, so it is well worth the time to explore the park more.

The trees in the Grove of the Patriarchs are 1,000 years old and the biggest I’ve ever seen. It’s impossible to capture their size on camera, but of course I tried :)

IMG_8662^See my dad there? He’s over 6 ft. tall and looks tiny compared to the trees.

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Awhile ago Ben and I started putting together an itinerary for a Pacific Northwest roadtrip that includes the Redwoods, and visiting the Grove of the Patriarchs made me excited for whenever we get around to that trip. There is something magical about being in the presence of ancient trees like these.

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Mount Ellinor Hike

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It’s 63 degrees and pouring rain in Seattle on this mid-August day, and it made me think of a hike Ben and I took to Mt. Ellinor on the Olympic Peninsula last month, when we were greeted with fog and chill rather than sweeping views and mountain goats. If you are like me, losing the view on a hike can be a disappointment, but the FOG is what my dreams are made of.

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This hike was a rocky uphill climb. We took our dog Kai, and he did great but it was slow going at times as all of us navigated the rocks. The trail was fairly crowded even on a less-than-ideal weather day, so I’m glad we got an early start.

I am working on a piece of felt based on the scenery from this hike that I’m pretty excited about. It’s the biggest wall-hanging I’ve made yet. I love taking a day away to explore the Pacific Northwest and soak up inspiration for new artwork!

If you’d like more scoop about this hike, check out the details on the Washington Trails Association website. We started at the lower trailhead, and didn’t see a single mountain goat, which I gather is unusual.

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A Quick Weekend in Rose City

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As I’ve mentioned before here on the blog, Ben and I always love exploring Portland. We spent a rainy Friday night and Saturday there this past weekend, and brought our dog Kai along for the fun. Our list of things-to-do in Portland keeps getting longer and so we keep going back!

We started our Saturday with coffee at Coava Coffee Roasters, where we sat outside with Kai. Then we had brunch in the rain on the porch at Interurban. We got there just before they opened at 10 AM, got a table right away, and had the porch to ourselves (thanks to Kai!)–we had just enough shelter to keep us dry while we ate and the food was great.

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After brunch we browsed a couple of shops along N. Mississippi like Animal Traffic, Annex Footwear, Salty’s Pet Store, and Worn Path.

Then we visited Renegade PDX in the rain.

Next we got lunch at the Alberta 15 food cart pod, I popped in for a quick browse of Modern Domestic, and we got another dose of caffeine to fuel our drive home at dog-friendly Case Study Coffee Roasters.

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IMG_3732^I had to pull out my camera for the perfect “raindrops on roses” shot.^

See you again soon, Portland.

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Whale-Watching in the San Juans

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On Saturday (June 27) Ben and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. We spent the day whale watching in the San Juan Islands on the Victoria Clipper whale watching boat. It was a breathtaking day to be on the water–and we saw lots of orca whales.

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My favorite thing about the trip was the way the whales shimmered in the sun, gliding in and out of the water. They are so graceful and majestic.

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Fiber Art at Fresh Flours

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Hey friends, if you’re in Seattle, I hope you’ll stop by Fresh Flours bakery in Ballard soon (5313 Ballard Ave. NW) I encourage you to go for a sweet treat and because my art work is hanging up for the months of June + July. Double good, right?

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I love how the artwork looks in this space, especially on the brick wall. (Don’t we all love a good brick wall.

If you’re not in Seattle, I hope you enjoy the photos! :)

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Fiber Art Show at Sassafras Boutique

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Hey friends. I’m so excited to have a collection of original fiber art on display at Sassafras boutique (2307 1st Ave.) in Belltown! It will be up during the Belltown Art Walk this Friday night, June 12, from 6-9pm, or you can stop by the shop Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 10am-6pm.

Sassafras stocks a well-curated selection of locally designed clothing and accessories. I loved this shop the moment I first walked in a few years ago and am so honored to have my work on display there.

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Jose Rizal Bridge

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Last weekend Ben and I drove to Jose Rizal Park in Beacon Hill (South Seattle). We explored the park a little…Kai liked the off-leash dog area a lot…grass and dog friends!

The Jose Rizal Bridge is just near the park, and the views of Seattle are pretty awesome.


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^my super quick video from the bridge^

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Flower Market

The Seattle Wholesale Growers’ Market is open to the public on Fridays from 10am-noon. The market is in Georgetown, a neighborhood in South Seattle.  I went over there yesterday to check it out. The wholesale prices aren’t available to the public, so shopping at the flower market didn’t necessarily save me money, but it was fun to walk around and see all the different flower options from local growers. I bought a few bunches to make a bouquet for my kitchen.



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Waterfront Bike Ride (Victoria, BC: Part 2)

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My favorite part about our weekend in Victoria, British Columbia, was the bike ride we did along the waterfront. The Hotel Grand Pacific, where we stayed, offers complimentary bikes to guests, so with some good advice and a map from the front desk we took a late afternoon bike ride along the waterfront to Dallas Road. We didn’t bring a picnic with us, but there were some parks that would’ve been perfect for that! Isn’t it beautiful?

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Riding around on a bike is such a fun way of exploring a new place. 

“It is splendid to feel the wind blowing in my face. . . . The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulse dance and my heart sing.” -Helen Keller, on riding a bike.

See more about our Victoria trip here.

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Victoria, B.C. (Part 1)

IMG_0023^Scottish Highlands Parade in front of the British Parliament Building^

Last weekend Ben and I went to Victoria, British Columbia via the Victoria Clipper. It’s a trip we’ve been meaning to take since we moved to Seattle, and then I won a trip last fall (!!!) through the Clipper’s Fall Photo contest on Instagram (@clippervacations), so it was clearly meant to be ;)

We crammed in plenty of good eating, walking around town, a bike ride along the waterfront, a self-guided tour of the British Columbia Parliament building (free guided tours are available too, we just didn’t time it quite right for that), and the famous Butchart Gardens.

I’ll share more about our bike ride and the gardens later, but for now here are some of my photos from the Parliament Building and wandering around town.

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As far as restaurants go, our two favorite spots were Red Fish Blue Fish (1006 Wharf St.) and Brasserie L’ecole (1715 Government St.)

We also enjoyed checking out The Dutch Bakery (718 Fort St.), Little Jumbo (506 Fort St.), North 48 (1005 Langley St.), Murchie’s Tea & Coffee, (1110 Government St.), Veneto in the Rialto Hotel (1450 Douglas St.) and Ferris Oyster Bar (536 Yates St.) If that sounds like a lot of meals, it is!–we ran around to a bunch of different places snacking and ordering small plates and it was such a fun way to try a lot of spots in a short time.

We had more restaurants on our list that we didn’t make it to, so maybe next time, Victoria…

IMG_0022^The Fairmont Empress Hotel^

IMG_0029^Canada’s Oldest Chinatown^

IMG_6940^Victoria’s Inner Harbour^

IMG_6944^Parliament Building at Night^

Here are a few resources I found to help us plan our weekend:

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More about Victoria to come!

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