Favorite Photos ~ Orcas Island, San Juans, Washington

As I was not able to visit one of my favorite places, Orcas Island, this year, thought I’d post some favorite photos from my past journeys.

Your vacation starts when you board the ferry in Anacortes and immediately you are on island time. The views from the ferry are spectacular, as is driving about Orcas Island. Eastsound is a beautiful town to explore with good restaurants, a neat bookstore, local shops beckoning you to browse and a labyrinth to walk. It is magical anytime of the year and I am eagerly looking forward to visiting next year.

Check out the following site to virtually explore events on Orcas in October:

https://www.visitsanjuans.com/savor

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I feel we are all islands – in a common sea ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Your life is an island separated from all other islands and continents. Regardless of how many boats you send to other shores or how many ships arrive upon your shores, you yourself are an island separated by its own pains, secluded in its happiness ~ Khalil Gibran

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep  ~ William James

Photos ~ First Day of Fall, Gig Harbor, WA ~ Sep 2020

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

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

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

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Photos

Today I drove by Point Defiance Park .. unfortunately, it was still closed due to the pandemic rules. I was able to park and take some photos along the waterfront and watch the ferry heading to Vashon Island. I am hoping it will be open soon as it is a beautiful place to walk about, especially among the gardens.

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Enjoy my photos from last year of the beautiful gardens … 

Rose Garden, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Photos

Japanese Garden, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Photos

 

Addendum ~ Photos ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ May 2020 ~ A Beautiful Afternoon

It rained this morning, but cleared in the afternoon. Gig Harbor is beautiful when it’s sunny, even when Mt. Rainier is not visible. Today I walked a different part of the harbor than on the week-end. Very glad for the variety ….

I love photography and think of it as trying to capture a moment or the perfect shot. Photos are a fabulous way to remember people, events and special places.

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Photos ~ Gig Harbor, Washington ~ May 2020

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Photos ~ Gig Harbor, Washington ~ May 2020

This past week-end was beautiful ~ sunny and clear ~ in the 80s. When we have days like this in the Pacific Northwest (known for drizzle, gray skies ~ which we will have most of this week) we take advantage!  There were many of us walking about Gig Harbor, soaking up the sun. Local restaurants were open for take-out and were doing a brisk business, which was great to see. 

I ordered take-out from a favorite restaurant, Devoted Kiss Café. Their Veggie Wrap is terrific and I am eagerly looking forward to their re-opening (no date set yet!) . 

On a clear day, you can see Mt Rainier in the distance ~ always spectacular.

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Photos ~ Gig Harbor, Washington ~ April 2020

Yesterday was a gorgeous, sunny day in Gig Harbor, perfect to walk about. On a clear day, you can see Mt Rainier in the distance ~ always spectacular.

I ordered take-out from a favorite restaurant, Devoted Kiss Café. Their Mediterranean Quiche is fabulous and I am eagerly looking forward to their re-opening. 

Spring is in the air – time for re-awakening.

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Armchair Travel ~ Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington

I wrote the post (see below) 2 years ago … Now, you can visit this fabulous Museum virtually!

Check out museumofflight.org for a virtual tour! Enjoy …..

The Museum of Flight, home to more than 150 historic planes, spacecraft and related artifacts, celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015. It offers an interactive experience for aviation enthusiasts and families at each of its main areas: the Great Gallery, the Tower at Boeing Field, the Red Barn, the Personal Courage Wing, the Space Gallery and the Airpark.

Start your adventure with a 30- or 60-minute guided tour of the Great Gallery. Walk among the reproductions and aircraft, ranging from an 1896 biplane glider to the popular M-21 Blackbird spy plane. Indulge your Red Baron fantasies by climbing into the cockpit of an SR-81 Blackbird or an F/A-18 Hornet.

If feeling adventurous, check out the X-Pilot simulator and take the controls. Fly a jet fighter or a WWII combat plane, engage in a dog fight, doing loops and 360 degree rolls. The 13-seat 4D-X simulator is tamer with 3-D graphics and some motion.

Space Exhibit Area 

In the space exhibit areas, marvel at the advances from Sputnik to the Mars Viking Lander, explore a full size replica of the International Space Station’s Destiny Research Lab, pilot a lunar module and try your hand at space docking, using the Manned Maneuvering Unit.

Visit the Tower to learn about flight and air traffic control and listen to real-time communications at King County International Airport, adjacent to the museum.

The Red Barn houses Boeing’s original manufacturing plant and early aircraft designs plus the beginnings of commercial aviation, including early ads from airlines extolling their new aircraft and on-board services.

Walk among 18 WWI aircraft and 10 WWII fighter aircraft, read stories, watch films and enjoy the interactive exhibits in the Personal Courage Wing.

Take the walkway bridge to The Space Gallery where you can climb onto the full-scale mock-up of the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer, more than 100 feet long and four stories high. The gallery also houses a Russian Soyuz space capsule plus artifacts from recent space flight ventures.

Two of the most popular exhibits are in the Airpark: the first Air Force One (used by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) and a Concorde. Stroll down the aisles, sensing their history, and as throughout the museum, there are docents available to answer your questions.

The web site has information about weekend lectures and special events and exhibits  including the acquisition of a 787.      www.museumofflight.org

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