Gig Harbor, WA ~ Waning Days of Fall ~ Photos ~Quotes

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~ Unknown

 “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~ Emily Brontë

 “Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 “If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” ~ Victoria Erickson

 “A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.” ~ Unknown

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” ~ Shira Tamir

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale”—Lauren DeStefano

“November is the pearl-grey month, the changeling between warm crimson October and cold white December, the month when the leaves fall in slow drifting whirls, and the shapes of the trees are revealed, when the earth imperceptibly wakes, and stretches her bare limbs and displays her stubborn unconquerable strength before she settles uneasily into winter. November is secret and silent”—Alison Uttley

Travel ~ Quotes ~ Photos

Below are some favorite travel quotes and photos. I love photography as it is an excellent format to recall your journeys and the special people, places, cuisine, sights, etc, that you encountered. 

Savor your journeys …  

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. Lao Tzu

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. Ernest Hemingway

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”  Anita Desai

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”  Robert Louis Stevenson

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”  Ursula K. Le Guin

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”  Marcel Proust

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” anaïs nin

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”  Judith Thurman

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”  Pascal Mercier

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beautiful Fall Day, Bainbridge Island, WA ~ Photos

Visiting Bainbridge Island is a terrific way to experience “island time” any time of the year. Walk along Winslow Way, browse the shops, and enjoy coffee and pastry (check out Pegasus) or lunch.

Favorite places for lunch include Restaurant Marche (marvelous French cuisine, with the best French Onion Soup) and Doc’s Marina Grill (great fish ‘n’ chips).

Let me add a new find: J’aime Les Crepes. It’s a small place, close to Restaurant Marche with fabulous crepes, savory or sweet. I had the exquisite Norwegian Crepe: wild sockeye salmon, creme fraiche, green onions, lemon juice and capers. Also, very good coffee. Keep it in mind as you walk about and explore.

Fall is a beautiful time to stroll about the back streets and enjoy the magnificence of the foliage.

Savor your journeys, near or far, real or imagined, fleeting or lengthy. 

To Capture a Moment ~ Photos

Photography is the art of capturing something fleeting; holding something which cannot be held; time made still.

Savor your journeys … treasure the moments … enjoy the memories. 

Coeur d’Alene, Riverstone Park, Idaho

Riverstone Park, adjacent to the Centennial Trail, is a lovely place to walk about and enjoy the surroundings. There are restaurants on the opposite side of the pond, a nearby Main Street with cute shops, restaurants and a favorite book store.

Savor Your Journeys …. near and far.

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Addendum: The Well~Read Moose Bookshop, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

A Fabulous Shop, Bainbridge Island, WA

A friend (who had never visited Bainbridge Island) and I went to Bainbridge Island for lunch (Doc’s Marina a favorite) and to walk about. Thanks to her, we visited several shops that I had not visited in a while.

A must visit is Millstream, a marvelous shop on Winslow Way, specializing in “Gifts from the Pacific Northwest.” We spent time looking at all of the beautiful displays: jewelry, clothing, cards, pottery, pillows, coasters, books about the area and gifts. All are beautifully displayed. The shop is conducive to have visitors browse all of the many treasures. I bought two coasters which will remind me of a beautiful day and we will definitely return.

What is always so important when browsing in a store is the customer service and the knowledge of the staff. Millstream get high marks with both. We spoke with Diana about the shop and also Bainbridge (how it has remained such a fabulous place, not getting built up and so crowded like so much of western Washington).

On your next visit to Seattle, I highly recommend Bainbridge Island and Millstream. Check out their marvelous website: http://www.Millstreamseattle.com

Savor Your Journeys… and always be open to explore new places.

 

Gorgeous Summer Day, Bainbridge Island, WA ~ Photos

Gorgeous Summer Day, Bainbridge Island, WA ~ Photos

Take the short ferry ride from Seattle. Experience “island time” with lovely walks along the Waterfront Trail and nearby parks. Relish the slower pace.

Explore the unique shops, restaurants, coffee houses (check out Pegasus) and the very popular Mora Iced Creamery. My favorite restaurants include Restaurant Marche (terrific French cuisine) and Doc’s Marina Grill. Both have outdoor seating which is marvelous on a beautiful sunny day.

Bainbridge Island is perfect for a quick getaway from Seattle as a walk-on ferry passenger. Or you can drive onto the ferry, spend a day or weekend exploring Bainbridge Island and continue westward to the Viking town of Poulsbo and from there continue to the Olympic Peninsula.

On each visit, I always find a unique place to explore. My next blog post will be about an enchanting shop that a friend and I discovered for the first time.

Savor your journeys, near or far, real or imagined.

Bloedel Reserve ~ Bainbridge Island, Washington

A Favorite Bookstore ~ Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA

Photos ~ Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine ~ Pacific Palisades, CA

One of my favorite places to visit in the LA area is the Lake Shrine. Located on Sunset Blvd, near the Pacific Ocean, it is a world apart. The quiet is a marvelous contrast to most of the LA area. It is a splendid place to walk about, sit and meditate amidst its serene beauty and explore the Visitor Center, gift shop and museum. 

A friend told me several years ago that this was a favorite place of Elvis Presley and he made frequent visits to this beautiful sanctuary. 

Savor your journeys and discover your own oasis.