Sunshine in Seattle

We got the heck out of Dodge this past weekend — 4 full days in the Seattle area and if you can believe it, all four days were sunny (occasional clouds beautiful). This after it was just documented that Seattle has had only 78 minutes of summer until that point. What! And people still live there?!

We stayed in Yelm (an hour-and-a-half South of Seattle) for two days visiting Cousin Cathie. She (and her beloved Dandy dog and the shy tree elves) live in the coolest gated community that was once camping grounds. 2500 homes have been built over the years around three lakes and my oh my, it’s a walker’s paradise. It is so beautiful in every way and only 5 minutes from the house … any house because there are connecting paths all over the place. While someone owns every lot, some of the sites have remained camp sites with small cabins or trailers on them for weekend use. I was ready to buy one but decided the commute would be a bit long.

The following photos show the sites from the walking paths — and on the next two in particular — I added 50% Gaussian Blur to make the trees glow. Just a new trick I recently learned. I think I like it. 🙂

We spent an afternoon/evening in Olympia, the capital city of Washington. Spent some time at a Farmer’s Market (where it was great seeing Wade again), walking the peers, relaxing around the Capital Building, eating Root Beer Float ice cream, and visiting a Marina. On the way back to Yelm, Cathie pulled over for me to grab a few photos of Mt. Rainier in all her glory. God created some pretty cool stuff if you ask me.

In Seattle we did the normal touristy stuff — Seattle Space Needle, Pike Street Market, chocolate covered caramel apples (mmmm) and just enjoyed the walking and people watching. We took in the fabulous wedding of Andy and Lauren on Saturday the 23rd which was just wonderful in every way but more on that in my next post.

Thanks for your hospitality Cousin! You make a pretty great “Bed and Breakfast” tour guide. Love you, Mary (and Mike)

See, sometimes I am in a picture -- thanks to Mike.

Aubrey Archuleta - July 30, 2011 - 5:08 PM

Sorry we missed you. We have had beautiful weather & after all those beautiful photos… you can see why we are living here- it’s gorgeous!

Amanda Pfeifer - July 30, 2011 - 8:53 PM

Beautiful shots!

Cathie Alonzo - July 30, 2011 - 9:58 PM

Cousin Mary, you are an artist with a camera. I love all the Clearwood photos so much. The little tree house is magical. And I especially love the photo of you and me! Thanks for posting such lovely pictures. I enjoyed you and Mike so much. Come again! Love Cathie - July 31, 2011 - 7:41 AM

Cathie, Amanda, Aubrey – thank you all for your comments. Yelm definitely is the place to be for sheer beauty cause the sweetest heart I know lives there! A pretty great heart now lives in Seattle too! I hope the sunshine keeps up for you both, and Amanda, good to hear from you on the blog world again. Mary

Laura Higgs - July 31, 2011 - 11:54 PM

wow. Im just catching up with your blog and you continue to amaze me. I hope your business is increasing as you are a true professional. I can’t help but be green when I see the wonderful pictures you take! Keep it up. - August 1, 2011 - 4:55 AM

Laura, thank you! I’ve missed seeing you on the blog world but just learned you’ve been on vacation. Can’t wait to see your new posts as well!. Mary

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