Mostly Seattle, anyway! This trip was tacked on to the end of the trip to Washington, DC, and was done so for the sole purpose of taking my 80 year old grandma skydiving*. Oh, and it didn’t hurt that Bumbershoot was happening around the same time and had some bands on the lineup that I really wanted to see. (You can see what I thought of that over at juneaurocks.com!)
The first few photos below were taken during the drive to Portland, OR, and ultimately, Molalla, OR, home of Skydive Oregon, and the rest were taken in downtown Seattle. As you can see, it was sunny. It is hard to beat the Pacific Northwest when the sunshine hits and it warms up – these kind of days make up for so many gray, rainy days.
If you ever have the urge to be humbled beyond words, just head to our nation’s capital and take in as many memorials and monuments as you can. The scope and sheer size of them, combined with the deep meaning and everything they symbolize, will really bring into perspective everything that’s been done in our country’s history.
This was my second trip to DC, but the first time I really got to see the sights and have any amount of time to really feel the emotions these monuments command. I need to go back. I have a feeling I could spend a week in DC and not cover everything I want to, which is a good thing because that’s a pretty good excuse to keep going back, as if one is really necessary!
(Also… you’ll notice a photo of a veal chop below. That was taken inside Filomena Ristorante, right in Georgetown. Amazing food, amazing atmosphere, amazing amazing amazing. Did I say amazing?)
I spent Christmas with my parents in Tumtum, Washington. It’s a town of about 200 people located 45 minutes northeast of Spokane, WA. Basically, it’s out in the boonies! There’s a lot of land to explore, but being that it was cold out and I wasn’t in a very adventurous mood, I stuck pretty close to the house. It’s amazing being so far away from city lights just how much more of the night sky you can see – this is evident in some of the night shots below.
The Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite places to vacation – you’ve got mountains, water, beaches… everything!