I have loved traveling to the Pacific Northwest often since I was a young child, the visits to family, the stunning scenery, and (more recently) the amazing coffee. This trip was especially meaningful, as my family and I honored my grandfather’s life at my aunt’s home in Oregon.
But first, a visit to my great grandmother at the beach: We were surprised with blue skies for our whole trip, and didn’t see a single drop of rain. Lucky for us, not lucky for the continuing drought. These are the remains of a whale that had washed up to shore a few weeks earlier. Even though it was a young whale, I found the size of its bones incredible. How does such a creature float?Grandma’s house in the dunesWe also managed to squeeze in a visit to Lake Quinault in the rainforest, a first for me.We ate at the lodge and hiked in the afternoon. The rainforest was much cooler than the city, but still quite warm (and no rain).Next, on to Portland, the City of RosesAnd finally, a brief stop in Seattle to visit my uncle:Days when the mountain is out are my favorite kinds of daysWe went down to Pike Place Market to exploreMy favorite Mt. Baker lookout