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A lovely day in the neighborhood

on May 27, 2012

We went “exploring in our own backyard” today and found some of the most beautiful sights in the Olympic Mountains. Getting to a few of them was a little tricky in places but so worth it once we got there. It’s interesting how the air is so ‘different’ in the mountains than by the water – very crisp and clear. 

The road up to the mountains also ended up being the road down. We got about 3/4 of the way and came to a fork in the road (isn’t there a poem about this?). Though it really was a nice day, getting eternally lost in the Olympics wasn’t my idea of fun and, besides, the dogs needed to be fed so this just wasn’t an option. As we turned around and were headed back, we ran into a Park Ranger who was nice enough to let us know that one of the roads – the one we were going to take had we gone on – was impassable due to snow. I keep telling Fred that things always happen for a reason.

At one point, as we were driving, a very large hawk flew directly overhead and was racing on ahead of us and Fred wanted to get a closer look and was leaning forward, peering out the front windshield. However, what he didn’t realize was that as he was leaning forward, his foot was pressing on the gas and we were speeding up along the twisting and turning road. At that moment, I had visions of Willy Wonka’s magical boat ride where they’re racing along the chocolate river as Wonka is singing “there’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going.” I started laughing so hard I was crying and couldn’t see straight. I did manage to snap a shot of the elusive hawk, right before it flew off to the left. Fortunately, Fred did not follow….the drop, on the left side of the road, was straight down the mountain.

This couldn’t have been a more perfect day — and I got to spend it with Fred. (Does it get any better than that?). It was sunny and beautiful with just a little breeze…oh, wait. That’s right, living in the Pacific Northwest, we’re not supposed to get nice weather here. Shh. Don’t tell anyone…


2 responses to “A lovely day in the neighborhood

  1. Andrew says:

    1) willy wonka references are great, and we could always use more 2) hawks are awesome

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