Just 2 more days of voting remains in our Scenic Boy Fan Photo Contest. As of right now, Eric from Canada is in the lead, but not by much! Be sure to get your votes in before midnight on June 26th. We'll announce the winner on Monday, June 27th.
For several big cities across the US, this weekend is GAY PRIDE! Dusty and I will be celebrating in Seattle this year, our first time attending an honest to god Pride Parade in 5 years. This weekend in late June is typically really nice, so we usually can't resist the temptation to ditch the festivities and head for the mountains. This year we're sticking around to spend some time Sunday promoting Scenic Boy Adventures. We've turned 5 of our favorite photos into postcards. We'll be walking around after the Parade handing them out - be looking for us!! :)
I realized I had a bunch more photos from the Taste of the Olympics recon trip a few weekends ago. Here is a little photo essay capturing some of my favorite pics from the trip:
This was a HUGE cedar tree just north of Ruby Beach. It seemed like 12 trees in one that formed this awesome thrown, perfect for Dusty to snag a quick ScenicBoy shot. :)
There was a cute old settlement near Lake Quinault. I loved this rusty old cookie delivery truck.
Ranger Mike played chef for the weekend. He's simply a phenomenal cook! What can't this boy do??
Dinner consisted of 3 delicious courses:
Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto with cream cheese and garlic.
Mashed potatoes with gruyere cheese and rosemary (from Mike's garden)
Sockeye salmon with a mandarin honey glaze dressed in Rainier Beer!
Breakfast the next morning was a TexMex Scramble: Eggs, tortillas, cilantro, black beans, fresh salsa, and avacados.
Dusty found this sand dollar, still alive! The underside was still fuzzy and moving. He tossed it back into the Ocean for good luck.
Here is the view of Kalalock beach from one of the campgrounds we'll be staying at. Washington has such a beautiful coastline!
Ruby Beach from the trail to the parking lot. This place was pretty popular, and for good reason.
Q: Which mosses will we see?
A: (H)all of the Mosses! LOL My best joke from the weekend. Hall of the Mosses is an easy stroll through several different interpetive loops. There's moss growing on everything, especially the Big Leaf Maple trees.
Our view of Lake Crescent from our campsite at Fairholme. Absolutely stunning scenery, the only downside was highway 101 runs along the opposite bank and the traffic noise cuts the peaceful air. It sort of sounded like the ocean after a while, though...
Dusty goes for a quick swim at Crescent Lake. The water was SO COLD, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to take this shot. Way to go, Dusty.
Marymere Falls is another easy trail, this one closer to Port Angeles. The tunnels, handrails and trail improvements are a very nice addition to this fun little hike.
Our last stop before heading back to Seattle was up at Hurricane Ridge. In mid-June there was still about 20 feet of snowpack. Most all of this will have melted by the end of July, just in time for the alpine wildflowers to bloom!