Yet another year has flown by in a flash. It seems like way more than a year ago that we were snowshoeing atop Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park on New Year’s Eve day with Joe’s cousin Nikki. We also spent some time in the port towns of Port Townsend, Port Gamble, Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island.
June marked the beginning of summer where we spent an outdoor weekend at Verlot campground and hiked to Lake 22 and Old Robe Canyon.
We spent a rainy weekend in August in Juneau, Alaska with Howards & Wrights thanks to Dave’s airline benefits. We kayaked beneath soaring bald eagles in waters fed by Mendenhall Glacier 7 miles away.
Over Labor Day, Jackie’s Mom, Dad and brother Andy came to visit where they got a great taste of the Pacific Northwest: a ferry boat ride, the Hoh rainforest, Kalaloch Lodge, Pacific Ocean sea stacks at Kalaloch Beach, Second Beach & Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Lake Crescent, Hurricane Ridge, Seattle Underground Tour, Lake Union houseboats, seaplanes and plenty of quality family time.
Joe visited Boston. In October Jackie and friend Britton drove the entire Cascade Loop in search of the perfect landscape to photograph Fall colors.
We took a subsequent trip back to the rustic Lake Wenatchee cabin in October with Jorge to replenish the firewood supply and enjoy Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest. Jackie caught up with a childhood Wisconsin friend Tracy after 20 years apart.
Halloween was a highlight at Jackie’s work. She made a fox costume and danced to ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ song.
This year we instituted a new family tradition for the Holidays. We got a $10 permit from the ranger’s station to cut down our own Christmas tree in the National Forest. We have some good lessons learned for our endeavor next year.
Although these yearly highlights make us sound like such busy-bodies, we have barely scratched the surface of exploring everything we want to here. We have absolutely adored our past 3 years in the Pacific Northwest. There really isn’t a better place to live for us! There is plenty of water to kayak, trails to hike, mountains to climb and beers to taste.
We keep a blog of all our explorations if you would ever like to know or see photos of more: jackieandjoe.blogspot.com
May your heart and home be filled with the true spirit of Christmas.
All Our Love, Joe, Jackie & Chance Liang