One thing I love about Seattle is all the farms. Blueberry farms, pumpkin farms, tulip farms…
They are so beautiful and super tasty! We went quite late in the season, but were still lucky enough to find some gems near the back of the field. Blueberry season is July to mid-September. If you’re in the area and want to try blueberry picking next season try Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm.
I froze the blueberries and eat a handful as a snack. It’s great in the hot weather! I’m thinking I’ll cook some too, but I don’t know any great recipes. Suggestions welcome!
I can’t wait for the next Blueberry season. (Munches on blueberries).
This has taken me so long to put up. These photos are from March, and it is now June, no, July! Is it just me who thinks this year is going way to fast?
The beautiful tulips you are gazing upon are from Roozengaarde Tulip Farm. You know they are the real deal when they have tulips.com as their domain name.
Admission was $5 each. With this you can view the fields and the garden filled with different types of tulips. You can purchase a bouquet of tulips, or order some bulbs for next year.
Food is available, and horridly overpriced.
So, we went on a cloudy day, which is a photographers dream. It was quite warm, but don’t be fooled next year gumboots would have been ideal.
Make sure to check the site so you know when it’s prime tulip viewing. They were a little early with year, so check their site during March.
Will I be going back next year? Yes! It’s definitely worth the drive.
When talking about mountains in Seattle, Mount Rainier definitely takes the cake. For people who grew up here it may be considered another bigger bump on the horizon; but there are those of us who take the moment to glance away from our paper as we commute across 520 or 90 to see if it peaks out from behind the clouds.
Summer is on its way and that’s when it is prime time to get a little closer to our big friend, to discover its trails and to just say “wow, that’s a big mountain.”
Although Rainier seems close when viewed from the Seattle Central area, it is a good two hours drive just to the beginning of the park. From there about another hour or two winding up to the most popular visitor center, Paradise. It is possible to visit Mount Rainier in a day, as long as you are prepared for a long day.
My first visit to Rainier was on a late summer weekend last year. We stayed two nights at Crystal Mountain. The first day we took the gondola to the top of Crystal Mountain, it is worth the ride to the top as the view is breathtaking. I’d highly recommended taking a wind breaker to the top, because even on a warm day it can be windy and cold at the top. Prices for the gondola can be found here: http://crystalmountainresort.com/mt-rainier-gondola/
There is a restaurant and souvenir shop at the top, I’d advise booking ahead if you wish to dine there. You can book here: http://crystalmountainresort.com/services/dining/summit-house-restaurant/
After Crystal Mountain we headed around Mount Rainier, stopping along the way at different parks and trails. If your camera senses a possibility that Mount Rainier might be in the area, it’s impossible to take a bad picture. It’s amazing to see how Mount Rainier changes as you circle the mountain. It really takes on a different look from every angle.
A trail I would definitely recommend would be the Grove of the Patriarchs. It is home to some beautiful 1,000 year old trees, and is a great short walk in the forest. Check out this site for the location: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/grove-of-the-patriarchs
On the way home we spotted this amazing natural hexagon formation by the side of the road. I just loved seeing these, it ended the Mount Rainier trip on a high!
So, I have to admit when I was first told about the troll under the bridge, I was not so enthusiastic. I must say, I may have underestimated the size of the troll… It’s huge! Yes, that happens to be a real Volkswagen buggy in his hand and he does have it’s hub cap for his eye.
If ever there were a good trail four people to walk side by side while chatting, this is the trail. With a heavy incline of 10 feet, this trail is only for the brave athletic member of your family… joking of course! Cedar River Trail is the perfect trail for a stroll and a chat. The trail begins out asphalt and then becomes compressed small rocks. Don’t be fooled by the smooth asphalt part of the trail; a road biker who zoomed past us and then hit the rocks went for a rather bumpy ride! He turned around embarrassed and continued in the opposite direction on the smooth surface of the trail. If you are planning on riding this trail, I advise a dirt bike. Unfortunately for some wildlife, bikers can be life threatening. As slugs make their three-day journey across the wide trail, many do not make it.
These bright flowers are called foxglove and can currently be seen along the trail in this bright colour and also a perfect white.
There are many bridges that you cross which look like the picture below. Some across Cedar River and others over roads. One bridge depicts the infamous salmon!
You cannot talk about Seattle without mentioning the iconic Pike Place Market! Made world famous by its fish throwing (and mostly catching) men, home to the original Starbucks store and a place where fresh produce and trinkets of all kinds can be found. The market bustles to life as men selling fruit yell their prices and ladies selling jewellery tell you of their craftsmanship. News on their upcoming events and their location can be found here: http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/
Their tea shop is a must to visit! The have an entire wall dedicated tea, container after container filled with all the flavours you could imagine.
There is always a lot happening around the market. People performing on musical instruments for tips, and other people pretending to be statues…
My least favourite part of Pike Place is – drum roll – the wall of gum! People from all over the world have chewed and then stuck their gum to this wall. Am I the only one who thinks this is kind of yucky?
If you venture a level below the main market there are shops filled entirely with magic tricks, others with natural gems. Late one day as we were heading out of the market a man who sketched cartoons called us over. He said he would do us a deal and gave us half off a cartoon. Drunk on the vibe of the market, my husband and I sat down for a cartoon portrait. Needless to say the result was hilarious…