Shimmying Through Summer

It’s getting to near the end of August already, which means the summer is almost over. I’ve tried to take advantage of the nice weather we have in the Pacific Northwest and go explore the outdoors during the weekends. Here are some photo highlights of what I’ve been up to in the last 2 months.

Granite Mountain
Views of Mount Rainier and all around from the top of Granite Mountain (click to enlarge)

Hiking is usually my top summer outdoor activity, and I went on some pretty good ones since the last time I posted here:

Granite Lakes
Visited more mountain lakes in the Cascades. This time it was Granite Lakes,
Ebey's Landing Bluff Trail
Hiking along the bluffs of Ebey’s Landing with a view out to Puget Sound
Rosario Head
The rugged Washington coast along Rosario Head in Deception Pass State Park
Mailbox Peak
Mailbox Peak, one of, if not the toughest, hiking trails near Seattle. The Old Trail climbs 4000 vertical feet over a punishing 2.5 miles. I had blisters on both my heels from this hike. The steepest hike I’ve been on so far.

In addition to the mountains, I also did a few things around the city.

Broadway at the Paramount
Went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle. The show was fun, but the seats are a little cramped for a 6 footer.
Seattle Pride Parade
Walked in the annual Seattle Pride Parade. First time I’ve been part of a parade.
Lake Union Happy Hour
Kicking it back during happy hour on the shores of Lake Union
Yelp Party
Another happy hour/party courtesy of everyone’s favorite restaurant review website.
Party cruise
Enjoying the lake views on a company party cruise.
Go Karting
Went go kart-ing for the second time in my life. I actually didn’t do too bad as I wasn’t the slowest in my group.

Finally, I visited the Vancouver area on some weekends. I visited a few places that I haven’t visited in a long time, and explored some new locations as well.

Celebration of Light
It’s been more than a decade since I watched the Celebration of Light fireworks competition in Vancouver. Definitely enjoyed the show.
Deep Cove
Visiting the waterside community of Deep Cove in North Vancouver. Probably haven’t been here since 2010.

Visiting the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. First time here since elementary school. (click to enlarge)

Golden Ears Provincial Park
The beaches of Golden Ears Provincial Park near Maple Ridge, BC

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