Friday, September 16, 2011

Pacific Northwest Excursion

As mentioned, a few pictures from my trip to the Pacific Northwest.  Not Longmont-related, of course.

Mt. Hood, Oregon.  You probably can't see it in this picture but people are skiing here in late August.  A week later, this view would have been obscured by smoke from forest fires in Central Oregon.
Mt. Hood

Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Olympia, WA was sunny and bright which was unusual for me because I've only ever been there in the rain.  You can see the Washington State Capitol in the background.
Olympia, WA
Pears are getting close to harvest time.  Near Leavenworth, WA

Roslyn, WA has a rich heritage in coal mining and it is also known as the filming site of the 1990's TV show, Northern Exposure.  If you've seen the show, you may recognize some of these scenes which the town still tries to preserve (like the radio station).

Sunset from Port Orchard, WA.  Olympia National Park in the background
Across the water from Port Orchard is the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where an impressive fleet of aircraft carriers are mothballed or being torn down.  That's the USS Kitty Hawk on the left in the picture below.

Bremerton, WA

Approaching Seattle on the Bremerton Ferry

Pike Street Market, Seattle

Made it to Canada on this trip, too.

North Vancouver, BC from Vancouver Sea Bus

It was a treat to see a (I think) Willow Ptarmigan up in Mt. Seymour Provincial Park, north of Vancouver, since they are a far-northern bird.

I've never had a clearer view of Mt. Ranier than this.  One November when I was working temporarily in Seattle for three weeks, I never saw Mt. Ranier at all.  The locals assured me it was out there, hidden by the clouds and rain.

Mt. Ranier from the east

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