I’ve Been To the Mountain Top

Good thing we hit the road early. We were able to avoid the higher temperatures and the added people who came out to venture up Park Butte. The trip was extra fun because Lori had gone about 3/4 of the way up the trail last year.

A Walk in the Garden

Not quite sure how the addage goes, but it pays to ask the right question to the wrong person. I made a stop a Joe’s Garden in a quest to take photos of their beautiful floors. Being a responsible photographer I went to the cashier and asked permission. Said cashier said, “no problem”. Off I went. After about an hour, and literally about 5 feet from being all done, a different staff person came up and asked me to step out of the rows of flowers. Apparently they can not let people in the flowers due to FDA regulations. Okay. Well, I got my photos and hopefully didn’t contaminate any edible dahlias. I have to laugh. I understand the rules. About 5 or 6 rows away from where I was, on the other side of TALL sunflowers, are rows and rows of vegetables. Guess I got lucky with my timing and asking the “right” person.

Stimpson Nature Reserve

For years we lived out in Sudden Valley and made many a trip into town along Lake Louise Road. Now along the road is a pleasant like hike through Stimpson Nature Reserve. The reserve was dedicated in 2003. The trail through the reserve consists of one main loop, which we did on this trip, of about 2.8 miles round trip. Took us just over an hour, including a couple stops for photos and to soak in the scenery. There is a loop off the main loop small town and a view.

Alaska Ferry Sighting

Some day we might just hop onboard the Alaska Ferry from Bellingham to Ketchikan, AK and beyond, but today we were just spectators. It’s a 36-hour cruise from Bellingham to Ketchikan, and 3.5 days to Skagway before the ferry turns around and heads back to be in port again next Friday.