Month: June 2014

Chihuly Museum


On Sunday, Anne took Cathy and me to the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle. It was our Christmas present. (Who doesn’t love Christmas in June?) The weather was gorgeous and we spent a long time lingering over lunch after looking at all of the cool glass.

One of the rooms had a ceiling made of many pieces of different glass. It was cool, but I was much more excited about the abstract colors cast on the wall from the light shining through the glass.


The outside garden was fun too. Here, one Seattle icon reflects another.


Bean Peak & Volcanic Neck

With only one day free for mountain play last weekend, I offered to lead a scramble for the Mountaineers up Bean Peak and Volcanic Neck. What an awesome day to be in the mountains!

It was 38 degrees when we left the TH at 8:40 a.m. Brrr! I expected there to be some snow on the ground, but things had pretty much all melted out. Good thing too, since I’d left my ice ax in the car accidentally! The scramble up VN was surprisingly fun, with a few heart-pounding airy moments. Instead of retracing our steps down Bean Basin, we hiked out via the Hardscrabble Trail, Fourth Creek Trail and Beverly Turnpike Trail to make a nice loop.

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Father’s Day weekend in Leavenworth

I go to Leavenworth a lot, but usually only for dinner after a big day in the mountains. Turns out there’s a whole lot more to do there than just eat! We rented a house on the Wenatchee River with my brother and his family and my parents. We explored Smallwood Farm, took a dip in the hot tub (3x a day), enjoyed big family meals, played games, and chilled.

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Camp Muir & Anvil Rock

On June 7th, I took three of the high school kids and the dad who will be attempting Rainier with me to Camp Muir. On the way up and down, our party ran into nine people we knew. Smiles, hugs, great conversations, and laughter punctuated the day. 

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Colchuck Peak

Catching up on the backlog of photos. Meredith, Ed, Susan, Sean, Bruce, and I climbed Colchuck Peak at the beginning of June. We had a bluebird day – perfect for taking our time and shooting some great photos.

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