Beautiful Fall Day ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ November 2022

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring ~ Truman Capote

Autumn is springtime in reverse ~  Terri Guillemets

And the sunsets of Autumn ~ are they not gorgeous beyond description? More so than the brightest dreams of poetry? ~ Charles Lanman

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

The coming and going of the seasons give us more than the springtimes, summers, autumns, and winters of our lives. It reflects the coming and going of the circumstances of our lives like the glassy surface of a pond that shows our faces radiant with joy or contorted with pain ~ Gary Zukav

The smell of pine needles, spruce and the smell of a Christmas tree – those to me, are the scents of the holidays ~ Blake Lively

More Favorite Cat Quotes ~ Photos ~ November 2022

Time spent with cats is never wasted ~ Sigmund Freud 

Like clever people, cats know instantly who likes or dislikes them ~ unlike people, they don’t care much ~ Anonymous 

When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I am with her ~ Michel De Montaigne

In order to keep check on your own importance, get a dog who will worship you and a cat who will ignore you ~ Anonymous 

The cat lives alone, has no need of neighbors, obeys only if it pleases her, feigns slumber so she can keep an eye on you, and shreds everything on which she lays a paw ~ Francois Chateaubriand 

Beware of people who dislike cats ~ Irish Proverb 

Bobber Forest Park, Gig Harbor, WA ~ Quotes

And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul ~ John Muir

Forests are like churches, hallowed places. There’s a stillness about them, a sort of reverence ~ Sabrina Elkins

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

The trees will tell their secrets to those that tune in ~ Steven Magee

Trees are always a relief, after people ~ David Mitchell

Every forest branch moves differently in the breeze, but as they sway they connect at the roots ~ Rumi

Beautiful Autumn Day ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Quotes

And all at once, summer collapsed into fall ~ Oscar Wilde 

I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it ~ Lee Maynard 

Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence ~ Yoko Ono 

Autumn colors remind us we are all one dancing in the wind ~ Lorin Morgan-Richards 

Nothing is more fleeting than external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn ~ Umberto Eco 

It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it ~ Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

Autumn Colors ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Quotes ~ October 2022

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face ~ John Donne

Every leaf speaks bliss to me ~ Fluttering from the autumn tree ~ Emily Bronte

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all ~ Stanley Horowitz

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

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns ~ George Eliot

I am struck by the simplicity of light in the atmosphere in the autumn, as if the earth absorbed none, and out of this profusion of dazzling light came the autumnal tints ~ Henry David Thoreau

Beautiful Fall Day ~ Leavenworth, WA ~ Photos

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page ~ St. Augustine

Nestled in the Cascades is the beautiful “German Bavarian” town of Leavenworth. German Bavarian is in quotes because the town is modeled on a Bavarian village as part of a civic initiative begun in the 1960s.

About a 2.5 hour drive from western Washington, Leavenworth has become a year round destination with festivals and numerous events, including the annual Oktoberfest celebration and the December Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The hotels all have many maps of the town to make it easy as you browse the many fascinating shops or decide where to eat.

When traveling this time of year, you have to be aware of any fires in the area. There was one in the Skykomish area, about 50 miles North West of Leavenworth. While there was some haze and slight smell of smoke, it did not affect travel.

On previous visits, I’ve enjoyed dining at several German restaurants (Mozart very good) but this time I decided to try something different and am very glad I did.

Favorite Restaurant:

Visconti’s Italian Restaurant ~ Terrific customer service; very good wine list and menu, including marvelous appetizers and cheese boards. The lasagna was marvelous. Highly recommend. As an aside, I asked if they made their own (delicious) bread and was told it’s from New Jersey! They said it’s frozen for them. I laughed and said, of course, the water! (Which is why NY pizza is the best!)

Savor your journeys, near or far, real or imagined

Fall Begins ~ Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Sep 2022

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

September tries its best to have us forget summer ~ Bernard Williams

September is the month of wonderful weather ~ Anonymous

Nostalgia ~ that’s autumn, dreaming through September. Just a million lovely things I will always remember ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

September ~ where fall and summer meet ~ Will Wallace Harney

There is a time in late September when the leaves are still green, and the days are still warm, but somehow you know that it is all about to end as if summer was holding its breath, and when it let it out again, it would be autumn ~ Sharyn McCrumb

Armchair Traveler ~ Two Favorite Books ~ Photos ~ September 2022

Two of my favorite books to peruse when being an armchair traveler are “Culture Trails” (Lonely Planet, 2017) and “Secret Journeys of a Lifetime” (National Geographic, 2011). Each book has beautiful photos plus marvelous descriptions of specific areas. The books easily evoke wanderlust dreams.

It’s great fun to browse and look at the many photos and descriptions or just open one of the books to any page and if I really like it, start looking on the web for more information. Because both of the books are several years old, there will be changes and when looking at the web, it can become an adventure as one spot invariably leads to another.

To me, it’s a good way to either relive great memories or start planning my next adventure. Find what you want to use to be an armchair traveler — photo books, fiction works or dvd/movies set in nearby or exotic locales, restaurants with ethnic cuisine … you get the idea. Use your imagination and start exploring.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

A Favorite Poem ~ The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost