Friday, July 20, 2018

2018-07-09 Washington State Trip - Day 3

Jack and Amy's Trip to Washington State
Day 3 - Monday, July 9th, 2018
North Cascades National Park, Gorge Overlook Trail,
Gorge Creek Falls, Diablo Lake Overlook, East Bank Trail,
Ross Lake, and the Jack Mountain Trail 

View from Jack Mountain 
North Cascades National Park

Since this was a business trip for Amy, I would be on my own during the day Monday through Friday.  For Monday, I decided to make the 2 hour drive (each way) into the North Cascades National Park.

Entering North Cascades National Park

My first stop would be a short loop hike of a little less than a mile on the Gorge Overlook Trail.  A nice little warm up hike.  Gorge Creek Falls is much more impressive in person.


View from the Gorge Overlook Trail

Gorge Creek Falls (much more impressive in person!)

I continued up the North Cascade Scenic Highway stopping at a few overlooks, my favorite being the Diablo Lake Overlook.

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

 Diablo Lake Panorama (click on photo for full size view)


For my main hike of the day, I just couldn't pass on the Jack Mountain Trail.  I also included a section of the East Bank Trail as part of my hike.

 My main hikes for the day

The East Bank Trail follows a fairly constant elevation making for an easy hike to a nice area on the shores of the Ruby Arm of Ross Lake.

View of Ross Lake from the end of the East Bank Trail

View of Ross Lake from the end of the East Bank Trail

view of Ross Lake from the end of the East Bank Trail

From there, I backtracked a bit and then hit the Jack Mountain Trail.  There was nothing easy about this trail!  Over the next 4.5 miles I gained almost 4,200 feet in elevation!

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Fortunately there were some awesome views and an impressive display of wildflowers to make the climb worth while!  Here are some photos from my hike up Jack Mountain!

View from the Jack Mountain Trail

 View from the Jack Mountain Trail

 Wildflowers along the Jack Mountain Trail

 view from the Jack Mountain Trail

 View from the Jack Mountain Trail

 Jack Mountain Panorama (click on photo for full size view)

 View from the Jack Mountain Trail

 view from the Jack Mountain Trail

 Jack Mountain Panorama (click on photo for full size view)

view from the Jack Mountain Trail

I had an awesome day hiking in the North Cascades National Park!

Later that evening after I returned back to the hotel, Amy and I had a nice evening together.  We went up to the rooftop lounge for sunset, but it was a bit too cloudy, so instead we just enjoyed each others company!

 Amy and Jack Selfie on the Majestic Inn Rooftop Lounge

view from the Majestic Inn Rooftop Lounge

My complete set of photos from Day 3 is posted here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8146392@N05/albums/72157696091413292

Thursday, July 19, 2018

2018-07-08 Washington State Trip - Day 2

Jack and Amy's Trip to Washington State
Day 2 - Sunday, July 8th, 2018
Port Angeles and Sequim Lavender Farms
Ferry Ride from Port Townsend to Fort Casey
Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Arriving in Anacortes,
The Majestic Inn, and Cap Sante Park

Amy and Me at the George Washington Inn Lavender Farm

While looking through some Washington State travel guides, I saw some photos of Lavender fields in bloom.  I thought, that is something Amy would love to see!  It just so happens that our trip fell during peak Lavender bloom, so I planned Day 2 of our trip so we could check out some of the Lavender Farms.

 Inside our Tiny House
Yes, it is July and I am wearing Long Pants and a Jacket!


 Amy inside our Tiny House

So we got a nice early start and left the Tiny House we rented to head off towards the Sequim/Port Angeles area.

 The Port Angeles Inn below the Olympic Mountains

 Amy at the Oak Table Cafe in Sequim (our breakfast spot for the morning)
Roadside view from a Winery between Sequim and Port Angeles

The Port Angeles / Sequim area of Washington State contains dozens of Lavender Farms.  I believe we hit six of them!

The George Washington Inn Lavender Farm

 I really like this photo that Amy took at the George Washington Inn Lavender Farm

 At the George Washington Inn Lavender Farm

 Me and Amy at the George Washington Inn Lavender Farm

 At Victor's Lavender Farm

 At the Martha Lane Lavender Farm

 Amy at the Martha Lane Lavender Farm

 At the B and B Family Lavender Farm

At the B and B Family Lavender Farm

At the B and B Family Lavender Farm

At the Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm

At the Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm 

 At the Purple Haze Lavender Farm

A Wedding at the Purple Haze Lavender Farm

Me at the Purple Haze Lavender Farm

After our fill of Lavender Farms we headed back to Port Townsend to take the Ferry across to Whidbey Island.  It was a beautiful day for a ferry ride!

View of the Olympic Mountains from the Ferry

 Me on the Ferry

View of Mount Rainer from the Ferry

 Amy on the Ferry

 View of the Point Wilson Lighthouse from the Ferry

view of Mount Baker from the Ferry

Once we arrived on Whidbey Island we made a quick visit to Fort Casey State Park to check out the Admiralty Head Lighthouse.

The Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park

 Amy climbing the Lighthouse stairs


We stopped for a late lunch/early dinner in Oak Harbor before continuing on to our final destination of Anacortes, WA on Fidalgo Island.


Once we checked into the Majestic Inn and unpacked, Amy was ready for a nap.  So I went for a walk.  I quickly realized that the forested areas of the island are full of extremely friendly Deer!

This one followed me up the road

 Another Friendly Deer


 First time I ever had to wipe Deer snot off my camera lens!
 

Cap Sante Park is about a 25 minute walk from the Hotel.  It offers up an awesome overlook of downtown Anacortes to the west and also views of Mount Baker to the East.

 view of downtown Anacortes from Cap Sante Park

 view of Mount Baker from Cap Sante Park

A very friendly Deer

 Mount Baker

Lavender Blooms in front of a pretty view

Later that evening Amy and I went up to the hotel's rooftop lounge for sunset.


 Amy enjoying the sunset from the Rooftop Lounge

Sunset from the Majestic Inn Rooftop Lounge

The sunset was nice, but what was really spectactular was the after sunset evening twilight.  I took a quick drive back up to Cap Sante Park to capture that before calling it a night!

Beautiful Evening Twilight from Cap Sante Park

 Evening Twilight over Anacortes from Cap Sante Park

 Evening Twilight over Mount Baker from Cap Sante Park


The complete set of photos from Day 2 of our trip is posted here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8146392@N05/albums/72157693397269630