Yesterday I returned home from several weeks in Seattle. I had my nose glued to the window, as usual. It is so easy to take for granted that we have the luxury of being able to view our planet from the vantage point of the angels.
A front was moving in from the east, bringing a late dump of snow in the Cascades. This is a shot of it moving in over Southcenter, looking east.
The cloud deck must have been about 15000 ft. Mount Rainier was buried in clouds. Can you find it? This shot is looking east, flying south. If you look closely in the bottom left of the frame, you can see another jet flying below us.
Then we turned east, flying below Mount Rainier. Little Tahoma peak stuck its head out, right of the summit.The mighty Columbia River brings life to eastern Washington. Irrigation circles dot the landscape near Paterson.Cotton ball clouds somewhere over Texas.
I’m gonna give it a whirl – saying “no,” I mean. Not to everything. Just to a few well chosen requests made of me. See how it goes. If I turn out to be really good at it, there may be no stopping me! :)
No reason for this shot across Hood Canal as the sun heads for the horizon other than that it is calm and serene. That’s what I’m going for.
We headed to the lake Saturday for a sail and to anchor out overnight with Camelot. It was a gorgeous day! Winds 10-15. High in the low 70s.
After a lovely sail past Starnes Island and back, Camelot radioed that their engine would not start. Roh roh. Change of plans. We sailed back to the marina ahead of them. The winds were much lighter now and straight out of the cove, which made it possible for Camelot to sail slowly up to a side tie on the end of the far dock – where they could then just loose the sheets. We met them at the end of the dock to push them off and grab their dock lines. Exciting, but well planned and executed. Camelot will remain there to get worked on next week.
We ended up just spending the night in the slip. But a very lovely night it was.
I know that my friends in the Northeast have been hit by a snowstorm today. But what a BEAUTIFUL day here in Austin! The Butler hike and bike trail around Town Lake (oops, i mean Ladybird Lake) is always a nice destination, with loops of varying distances depending on which bridges you choose. Last year the boardwalk on the southeast side of the lake was completed. I set out today to walk the Mopac / I35 loop. The Butler Hike and Bike Trail maps say that loop is 6.9 miles, but I must have dilly-dallied, because I logged a bit more.
It was a simply lovely day. I leave you with a few pics from my lap:
Start/finish at Zilker.
A view from the new Boardwalk.
Congress Avenue bridge.
Looking south towards the Zach Theater from the Pfluger bridge.
A rower making way.
A peek inside one of the boathouses on the north side of the lake.
I would love to be able to come down here every day.
I took another trip to St Edwards Park the other day to explore some of the trails I didn’t get to on my last visit. It was the MLK holiday, and a beautiful January Austin day – and everyone else had the same idea. The parking lot was PACKED.
It’s nice to see a bit of water in the creek. It is supposed to rain again tomorrow, thankfully.
Looking upstream from a point along the red trail north of the park.
Standing in the middle of the creek bed on dry rocks – not a good place to be after a rain!
Winter creek-scape looking upstream, taken from the concrete wall/dam on the southside of the park.
A view of concrete wall/dam taken from the south bank.
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.
I’m very thrilled to see the weather forecast for the next few days. FINALLY some not-rainy days!
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.
And in the middle of my hike I came upon this tranquil view. Very pretty.
Rain is in the forecast for the entire week here. I timed my walk today for what I hoped to be a break in showers. As it turned out, l made it back home after an hour or so with barely a drop on me.
I was listening to Pandora, and as I crested a hill on my way home I turned up the volume when I heard one of my faves through my earbuds – Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole’s cover of Somewhere over the Rainbow. As I was listening, I turned my head and coincidentally saw a faint rainbow lit up during a brief sunbreak – making the song even a little more enjoyable than usual. Nice.
Last week I began a short break from the rat race, taking a couple months off from work.
Soooo….I went shopping on Monday; golfing on Tuesday; sailing on Wednesday; woke up at anchor Thursday morning; back to the lake Friday for two nights on the boat; rafted up with Kurt & Kevin on Dancer, and Marty & Sue (yay!!) on Caribbean Hug Saturday night; made it back home Sunday night to watch my Seahawks and make pizza; and then headed to Seattle for a visit this past Monday.