Simply the Spring

It’s now July. Half of 2024 is gone and a heat wave is on the way for the PNW. It’s time once again to post some highlights of my activities over the past season. My spring activities this year were mostly local activities, except for one trip for work. Work was busy this season, but I try to do something fun during the weekends and holidays. Here are the photo and video highlights:

One of Seattle’s favorite spring pastimes is viewing the cherry blossoms at the UW Quad
Spring skiing at Crystal Mountain. Going up Chair 6 and coming down a double black at Crystal for the first time.
Final ski day of the 2023-2024 ski season, going down the steep Edelweiss Bowl from the top of Alpental.
The famous Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Really cool glass art ceiling display.
Another spring pastime is going to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Beautiful blooms in Tulip Town
Saw the Northern Lights for the first time in my life. Was visible over much of North America. Of course cameras make the colors look brighter than it really was, but definitely an amazing sight.
Wildflowers hike at Horse Lake Reserve on the east side of the Cascades.
The pretty balsamroot blooms at Horse Lake Preserve
Another east of the Cascades hike at Manastash Ridge
Deep inside the Amazon Jungl… the Amazon Spheres in downtown Seattle. The upper levels are open to the public one weekend per month or something like that.
Had a work trip to the Bay Area, and squeezed in a visit to Muir Woods. Tranquil redwood forest in the mountains not far from San Francisco.
Digging up butter clams at Shine Tidelands
The annual oyster shucking video lol
The middle falls of Little Mashel Falls is not so little at all.

Those are all the highlights of my 2024 spring season. Other than work, I was also busy with moving. I stayed in the same area, but moved from a townhome back into an apartment. My summer plans are the same… mostly just hiking and maybe clamming and crabbing in the surrounding area. I have travel plans later in the year, so no big trips planned for the summer. Hopefully work doesn’t get as crazy as it did during the spring, and my family and I stay healthy. Thanks for reading.

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