Hawkes Bay NZ Water trail

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Arrow leaf in Winthrop Washington

Oh my goodness! Perhaps I'll rent a mountain bike and ride raged hills for a few hours tomorrow. I don't know how to mountain bike but I figured out how to fake it when I was in New Zealand in 2012.
I guess I didn't realize how amazing the Methow Valley is, in Spring.

Early camp at Early Winters

The North Cascades Highway is already open, easily a month earlier than normal. So that means complimentary camping as no rangers have yet been hired to open for the season. So I've set up my tent and marked my picnic table with a grocery bag I was given at Tesco's in Tongling, when I bought some dumplings. I wish dumplings here were as inexpensive as in China, but it's a matter of tradeoffs. Seattle is set for 3 days of sun and low 70 degree weather over a weekend, so I've driven to Winthrop to welcome the spring, and plan a bike ride up to Independence Pass for later this month.
With luck we're in for an extraordinary long and warm summer in Washington Stste for 2015.
I feel blessed.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A long way from Arizona

Seattle's spring has been gorgeous. These beautiful red bud trees remind me of the natives I saw blooming in the side canyons of the Colorado River in the mid-2000s. I'm not sure when I'll have the chance to return to those special places, but it's April and when I see these blossoms bursting directly from the dark leafless wood, they make me smile. I remember some wonderful hikes I did with a companion who is no longer part of my life. But these memories remain precious and are etched on my heart. Life is hard at times.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Petal showers

A special time of the year

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sat March 21 Vashon Island

Quartermaster Harbor in Burton. Today is a good friend's 60th so I'm riding my bike to a party. The weather has been unsettled, but the rain has swept through and now Vashon is showing her beauty. Such a different world from China. I feel blessed to be able to get to this via bus, ferry and bike. The air is sweet with cherry blossoms and I can hear some bald eagles calling from the evergreens on the right shore.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

My favorite short bike street

33rd Avenue. NW in Seattle. The flowering cherries are at least 2 weeks early this year. I will look for that perfect combo: sunny day and a shower of soft petal when the blossoms hsbe past their peak. I try to cover myself and the bike in petals as I ride circles in the street.
Not today though. They're just staring to!oprn.
This is one of the secret places I've found after riding my bike I this town for the last 15 years.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A magical moment

How wonderful it is to be the teacher who gets to introduce her intensive English students to this.
I am blessed.