Monthly Archives: May 2017

Vashon, May 17

Memorial Day weekend came up, and it appears to be the harbinger of summer time in the Puget Sound. So after we realized that we had not made any plans for the long weekend, we made it out to our local island hang out of Vashon.

As usual, we did a bit too much walking around. On the plus side, we got to do a cider tasting and we saw a nesting bald eagle pair! We love the hiking and the walking, but maybe next time we will keep the walking down to under 20 miles.

You can just see the eagles at the top of the picture

You can just see the eagles at the top of the picture.

I love the use of tree stumps as walking paths. Good in the rain I'm sure.

I love the use of tree stumps as walking paths. Good in the rain, I’m sure.

The river was quite cold, but this made it all the more delightful after walking around in the hot day.

The river was quite cold, but this made it all the more delightful after walking around during the hot day.

It is now water weather!

It is now water weather!

The downside of hills is walking up and down all of them. The upside is the pretty views!

The downside of hills is walking up and down all of them. The upside is the pretty views!

Knit Wrap Jacket

About a year ago, I was idly looking through knitting patterns and came across this. When I showed it to Lloyd, he said it definitely looked like something I would wear so I added it to my knitting queue. Between moving and finishing school, knitting got a bit delayed. But I have finally started – and finished – this wrap jacket and am really happy with the way it turned out.

The front view. This will be nice for chilly Seattle evenings.

This will be nice for chilly Seattle evenings.

I had a lot of fun with the texture.

I had a lot of fun with the texture in this jacket. I like knitting texture a lot more than color work.

I even learned a new technique: welts. I think it makes the pockets look so much more finished.

I even learned a new technique: welts. I think it makes the pockets look so much more finished.

Of course I needed bespoke buttons for my new jacket. Thank you, Lloyd!

Of course, I needed bespoke buttons for my new jacket. Thank you, Lloyd!

Vancouver, BC

We decided to take a trip and spend the weekend up in Canada, eh? Vancouver is only a 3 hour drive from here, so we went for it and rented an apartment downtown where we did our standard walk everywhere around the new city. Vancouver has some very good coffee shops, restaurants, and bicycling everywhere. Our walk was slightly curtailed by a entirely rainy Saturday, so we only did 35 km rather than our normal 50 km. Yes, we are just that crazy.

We enjoyed all of the random tourist locales in the city. Specifically, the Granville Island Public Market and Stanley Park were our favorites. Plus, on the way home we stopped at a couple of wineries, so no complaints from me on the weekend.

The first day we got in way beautiful, crisp and warm.

The first day we got in was beautiful, crisp, and warm.

Second day, not so bright and sunny. But this is the most stereotypical Vancouver picture we saw in the weekend.

Second day, not so bright and sunny. But this is the most stereotypical Vancouver picture we took over the weekend.

Usually we find the cement factory, and it is a running joke with us, but this time there was a kids open house at the cement factory which was awesome!

Usually we find the cement factory and it is a running joke with us, but this time there was a kids’ open house at the cement factory which was awesome!

Vancouver is all about the public art, with a fair bit of First Nations focus.

Vancouver is all about the public art, with a fair bit of First Nations focus.

Plus we got a corvid friend.

Plus, we got a corvid friend.

And the apple orchard at the winery had some blooming apple trees.

And the apple orchard at the winery had some blooming apple trees.

Soos Creek South

We changed it up and went for a hike from the south end of Soos Creek rather than our normal hike from the north end.  I have to say, it is really the same as the hike from the north and, indeed, we overlapped the walk in the middle so it was actually the same! Overall, I give Soos Creek a B+: would keep going back again.

The hike starts at lake young, which is a nice little park for fishing, with way too many powerboats for its size.

The hike starts at Lake Young, which is a nice little park for fishing with way too many powerboats for its size.

Standard creek views! Now with waterfalls.

Standard creek views! Now with waterfalls.

I like cedar trees.

I like cedar trees.