A great day.

Today Mom and I headed to Seattle Center to see the amazing Chihuly Garden and Glass museum.  Fran, Aaron and Colleen joined us.  It was an amazingly clear, sunny day.  We also went up in the Space Needle to see the 360 degree view.   I took too many pictures to share here, but will leave you with a few.

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Thank you, Veterans.

Neverwas so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill

I visited several of the haunting and beautiful war monuments on my recent trip to Washington, D.C.

This is for Ross:

From the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

From the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

And this is for my Dad:

From the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

From the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to all who have served, both in peace and in war.  Because we have so much to lose.

From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.

From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Factoid of the day.

Because I’m wont to do such things when bored, I googled some mushroom terminology on the web. You know…inquiring minds, and all….
And so now I know that this is a troop of mushroom clusters. :)

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Bonus factoid: After writing the text above, I wondered if the correct term was “inquiring minds” or “enquiring minds.” So, I googled that too. Apparently, there may be a difference in some British texts; but I think I’m ok. You get the idea. :) :)

100% chance of woo hoo!

I’m very thrilled to see the weather forecast for the next few days.  FINALLY some not-rainy days!

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I’m looking forward to spending some time outside!  This morning I got an early start… went for a long hike in the woods.   This shot shows the just risen sun peeking through the tree trunks at the horizon.

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And in the middle of my hike I came upon this tranquil view.  Very pretty.

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A Saturday break in the rain.

I went for a walk this morning… down to another bay on the sound.  This pod of orcas live here year round.  I was hoping to find the real ones, but these will have to do.   You can get a glimpse of the fall color that is popping on this first Saturday in November.

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Fran and I also managed to get away for a round of golf this afternoon.  I’m glad I brought my clubs this trip.  Definitely worth it.

Also, I see that wordpress has added a widget and some links to help get out the vote.  I sent my absentee ballot in this week.   Get your vote counted on Tuesday…

Maize maze.

After the Seahawks pulled out an ugly victory from the jaws of defeat, we headed out to a nearby farm’s corn maze. I’ve never seen one before. It was huge – a whole field of full grown corn with several miles of trails cut through, forming a maze. Big and small kids were walking in all directions inside, trying to make their way through, while finding all the checkpoints. Fun!
A view from inside:

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A view from outside:

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And the route we logged going through the maze, from my mapmyrun app: :)

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A view from the penumbra.

Crazy weather here. It rained and poured this morning. Then we had an hour or two of sunny blue sky, which afforded a glimpse of the partial solar eclipse through a hastily-made pinhole camera.

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Then the cloud bank rolled in again with rain. I’m glad mom had a chance to watch it, if only for a half hour or so.
Pretty cool.
The next solar eclipse will be on August 21, 2017. Mark your calendar!