December Weekend: Whisky Tasting and Hiking

Ashley with the future addition to the family, Hamilton.  He was terrified we will see how he does on Thursday.  (We are not buying him at Petsmart, just a convenient meeting place.  Calm down PETA.)IMG_2330

Since Morgan ditched me this weekend it was a weekend solo with the girls.  At least I convinced them to go Whisky tastingIMG_2351

Sea Urchin at the market, acting like tourists.IMG_2333


Whisky tasting at Westland Distilling in SODO.  Go if you haven’t been and are in Seattle, one of the few places putting out a peated product thats good.IMG_2341



Vladimir Lenin in FremontIMG_2349

Skee Ball at King’s in Ballard IMG_2350

Big Four Ice Caves on Mountain Loop HighwayIMG_2408





WABDR section from Ellensburg to Cashmere WA


Paved roads head north from Ellensburg toward Table Mountain and Lion Rock Lookout in Wenatchee National Forest. High elevation and twisty dirt roads with views of the Central Cascade Mountains make this a very enjoyable section. From Lion Rock to Beehive Reservoir the route is stunning, rugged and remote. The path at 6,000 feet along Table Mountain provides views to the west.  From there the road traverses a ridgeline with spectacular views of Devil’s Gulch and the Columbia River to the North. The route passes nearby Beehive Reservoir before descending the Mission Creek Valley to the town of Cashmere.  Tracks and more information can be found at the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route website at

Evening at the Marina

Some photos taken last night at the marina around dusk.

Sun setting over the boathouses.

Golden glow over the boat houses


Derelict boat lift

Boat lift


Ready to hit the crabbing grounds in the morning

Crab Pots Ready


Convergence of lines.

Converging lines


Scraps left from the seagulls

Seagull food


The party on the guest dock on Saturday night.


J Dock


Water like glass

Guest Dock J


Hat island in the distance

Calm at the guest dock


Reflection over Inn at Port Gardner


Moon reflection


Before the Farmers market on Sunday morning

Before the market


Something about it that draws you in

Sun setting over the south docks