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

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

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, Washington ~ Photos ~ early April 2022

We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives ~ Gary Zukav



Walk About a Pond ~ Photos ~ Quotes ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ March 2022

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful ~ Alice Walker

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair ~ Khalil Gibran

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better ~ Albert Einstein

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads ~ Henry David Thoreau

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug ~ Helen Keller

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Feb 2022 ~ Photos ~ Quotes

Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous ~ Rumi

All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost: the old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost ~  J.R.R Tolkien

The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination ~ Terri Guillemets

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back ~ Albert Camus

We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives ~ Gary Zukav