Friday, October 9, 2009

Rainier in the Fall

The Paradise Inn from the Guides Trail.

Red Huckleberry along the trail.

The mountain framed from below.

Looking down to the Nisqually Bridge.

If you look carefully through the clouds, Rainier is peaking out.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Trip to Makah Bay

I drove to Salt Creek for my first evening on the Olympic Peninsula.

I woke early to a pink sunrise, but too tired to get up, I contentedly went back to sleep. To make up for it, Ci Ci and I walked Crescent Beach - a magical place no matter what the weather or swell.

In the morning I ran into a kayak friend at the Joyce store - he had a prototype carbon fiber touring kayak with a planing hull.

I drove to Neah Bay and bought a pound of smoked salmon from the famous shop that was featured in the New York Times.

Thus prepared, I went out for a warm-up paddle in the surf in my EzG, now wishing I had stayed out longer! The weather was perfect - sunny, glassy waves with a nice period - only to by followed by lesser quality swells and fog (still fun, but).

One of my goals was to try out my new Impex Mystic in the surf. Granted we had from two to four feet over the weekend - but I still had a chance to play around with it!

The next two days were a blast, and too soon I had to head for the ferry.

Friday, July 3, 2009

First iPhone 3G Movie

First day with my iPhone 3G - just had to play with the video while leading a Rainier tour. Here we are at the Nisqually River. Needs a bit of editing; maybe I should dive into Final Cut Express...

I later shot footage of Sunbeam Creek - love the sound of the river:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Instructor certification course for coastal kayaking

Alki Beach provides a lot of distraction during this inner-city workshop!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Puget Sound Sea Kayak Symposium

Heading to Tacoma today for the spring symposium. Great time to run into friends and kick off the season! I'll be teaching Tides and Currents, Basic Strokes and Refining the forward Stroke.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

First Mount Rainier Tours of 2009!

Introducing people to Mount Rainier, our third national park is a wonderful experience. Plus I get to meet interesting people from around the world.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sunny Seattle Tour

Had fun with my Nikon and the 18mm lense while leading a tour - had to be quick...

Glass gallery in Pioneer Square

The Smith Tower "lined up" with the Columbia Towers

Young man posing at the Seattle Troll
(wish it still had the California plates)

Memorial to lost fisherman

Daffodils and poppies at the Ballard locks

Is this the Adventuress sailing in?
Reminds me of the first tall ship that sailed around Alki Point (in the distance)

Finally got a shot I wanted of Mount Rainier
behind Harbor Island and the West Seattle Bridge (from Magnolia)

...and of course the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier from Kerry Park

Friday, January 9, 2009


Here is Ci Ci unhappily posing next to the river.

We certainly have seen extremes in weather lately. From wondering when the snow in the cascades was going to come (so we could start skiing) to the deep chill with several feet of snow in the lowlands, and now the flooding! What excitement will the Northwest see next?

I drove to town (Fall City) to get gas and this is the picture I took while the tank was filling. The Snoqualamie seems to have crested it's hundred-year flood level.

Ci Ci's Ruffwear Sunshower jacket comes in handy!