29 August 2015
24 August 2015
On the weekend, we made an afternoon of it and set out for a hike in Carkeek Park . . . from home. We packed a lunch and headed for the park, making a scavenger hunt of it . . . looking for all manner of cat-related statues, signs, and real pets along our way. After powering up with iced coffees at Swanson's Seasons Cafe (15 minutes in), we picked up the pace and headed down 13th Street to Woodbine Way at which point we saw yet another cat-related land mark -- a sure sign the trail head was close.
The air quality wasn't great with all the wildfire smoke and haze that has been hovering over Seattle. But despite the haze, the day was hot with little wind. No views of the mountains or the blue sky for us, unfortunately. After lunch and some wandering around the park, we headed home on a different route -- the South Bluff Trail. This trail climbs more steeply and has a lot of stairs. We walked right along the Western bluff of the park, high above the train track, resting often so Wyatt could make it under his own power. The peekaboo views through the trees were nice, and we saw lots of floating seagulls and boats, even if we couldn't spot much else.
We made it back up to Woodbine Way and headed west, weaving back home by way of neighborhood streets in the Blue Ridge neighborhood. Overall, we hiked for about three and a half hours, and covered a bit over five miles. I'm proud to say Wyatt hiked all but about a half mile, himself.
20 August 2015
Around here, June and July were super full of new schedules, new camps, and new work opportunities for all of us. With all the happenings, I haven't found time to post about it here yet.
June gave us an opportunity to celebrate Grandpa Herman's 91st birthday, which we did with a small party in the newly finished front yard patio. Neighbors on our street were invited for Byron's homemade vanilla ice cream and strawberries (mostly from our own garden).