Springing Through Spring

It’s been almost 3 months since I’ve posted here so it’s time again to share what I’ve been up to. The warmer and less rainy weather in Spring meant more opportunities to go hiking and enjoy the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Here are some photo highlights of my adventures through spring of 2019.

Lake 22
Not sure where the other 21 lakes are, but Lake 22 in the Cascades is gorgeous, and still had a bit a snow when we visited.

As the weather warms up during the spring, the snow melts off of the mountains which opens up a lot more hiking opportunities. I managed to hit a few of the popular trails around the area, but there are still many more to go. I’m mostly doing the easy to moderate ones, to build myself up before tackling the strenuous trails on the list. Here are some photo highlights:

Annette Lake
Another mountain lake in the Cascades. Weather was a bit dreary on that day, but Annette Lake is still pretty
Deception Pass State Park
View of the sea from Deception Pass State Park. Didn’t now the Washington coast had water with this vibrant color.
Heather Lake
Lake 22’s neighbor Heather Lake is quite pretty as well.
Poo Poo Point
Didn’t encounter any poo on my way up to Poo Poo Point, but did see many paragliders take off the swirl around in the sky.
Rattlesnake Ledge
Rattlesnake Ledge is one of the most popular hiking trails in the area. With these gorgeous views and a relatively short and easy hike, it’s easy to see why.
Seward Park
Took a stroll along Lake Washington in Seward Park.
Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls is apparently one of the most visited scenic sights in the state. It’s a pretty sizable waterfall.
Blake Island Tillicum Village
Company outing to Blake Island, a little island in the Puget Sound. Here is a shot of the marina on the island.

Spring bring is the season for flowers, and I saw some beautiful blossoms as well.

University of Washington cherry blossoms
One of the most popular springtime pastimes of Seattle is viewing the cherry blossoms at the Quad of the University of Washington. Tons of people showed up on the weekend to view the blossoms.
Valley Tulip Festival Roozengaarde
The famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival with its large fields of bright and colorful tulips.

In addition to all the outdoors and hiking, I had fun attending sporting and community events around the Seattle Area.

Seattle Mariners vs Boston Red Sox
Taking myself out to the ballgame and watched the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox in an exciting 10-8 contest.
Seattle Sounders vs LAFC
Seattle Sounders vs LAFC MLS Game. The first MLS game I’ve ever been to. The hometown Sounders held on to a 1-1 draw despite being a man down for most of the game.
Fremont Fair Art Cars
The Fremont Fair marks the start of summer in Seattle. They go some weird Art Cars on display. I am a fan of the Beer Patrol cruiser though.
Columbia Center Sky View Observatory
Views of downtown Seattle from Columbia Center Sky View Observatory, the highest observatory in the city. Views all around as this is the tallest building in the city.

Finally, on a weekend back in the Vancouver area, I visited my alma mater UBC. It’s the first time I’ve stepped foot on the UBC campus since graduating 9 years ago. Time sure flies. There are a few new buildings on campus and the campus bookstore got an upgrade, but the campus largely still looks the way I remembered it.

The main library at UBC and the clock tower look exactly as how I remember them.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Along with visiting UBC, we also went down to the shoreline in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. It’s a long climb down to the shores, and a long climb back up.

That’s all for now. Things have been going pretty well for me in my new life in the Puget Sound. I should probably make a habit of writing these posts a bit more often haha. Until next time.

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