Decorating Wintry Things.

We set up our tree, put up lights outside, and celebrated by making ravioli. Seems like a pretty successful holiday season in our new house. Everything seems to take just a little longer than we thought it would. We are getting it done and loving it.

Quick Trip to Kona.

We took a quick 4 day trip to Kona to visit my dad. Day one was mostly travel, but we got a beautiful sunset even from the plane. The moon could even be seen in the top left corner. We took this to be a good sign for the upcoming trip.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.28.24 AM.pngAs soon as we arrived, we had to play with the dogs. My dad has the kind of relationship with his dogs like we have with ours.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.30.32 AM.png

The  weather may have been a little wet, but the temperature was a bit higher than it was in Anchorage. The trip also included a lot of fruit. Papayas from the yard or lilikoi mimosas, fruit was a major part!Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.30.41 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.32.13 AM.png

We threw in a quick stop at End of the World for some cliff jumping.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.32.58 AMScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.33.08 AM

What is a trip to Kona without Scandinavian shave ice? Ice cream, yes, azuki, no thanks.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.34.17 AM.pngStandard Kua Bay Instagram picture? No problem:Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.35.31 AM.png

More fruit please. Sure let’s just grab mangoes from the yard. Complete with post beach sunburn.

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One day we headed to Kamuela on the way to Waipio. We needed roping and history lessons.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.37.02 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.37.54 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.38.29 AM.pngNot enough beach time? Thinking that Alaska is chilly? Might as well get to Hapuna while it isn’t raining!Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.39.15 AM.pngThe last day, Dad dropped us off at the airport and we had another killer sunset all the way home.

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A hui hou.

Mason Lake – Ira Spring trail

A few future nurses headed out to explore on our spring break. We were fresh from school and recently completed an ACLS course. Feeling like being outside, I took the dogs (Obi’s first hike), and we met at the trailhead. It starts off easily enough through the trees.Mason Lake TrailNot long after that, the views really expand and the hiking gets a little more strenuous. It was nice to be sweating in the sunshine when we should be knee deep in snow. It was still March after all.Ira Spring PanoramaIra Spring Memorial TrailWhen we first arrived at the lake, it was mesmerizing. I love the alpine lakes. The water was calm, clear and looked good for fishing (which is always on the back of my mind). We were amazed that there was no snow to be seen. It wouldn’t have been surprising if the lake had ice on it this time of year.Mason LakeI couldn’t stop taking pictures. Panoramas were almost as popular as selfies this day.Mason Lake, Washington.

I am not afraid to admit that I was given a selfie stick and I used it. The BSB (blue shirt boys) were in full effect on this hike.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 5.45.48 PMThanks as always to my hiking companions that show up and don’t complain. Also, if you hike in Washington State, you probably know about WTA, but if not, check them out as they have more information than you will know what to do with. Become a member.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 5.49.07 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 5.48.35 PM

Lime Kiln Trail.

We had a few spare hours one day and headed out for a hike. We found the Lime Kiln Trail on WTA. The Robe Canyon are is absolutely amazing to me. Building a railway, next to what was deemed a “trout stream” made sense to people that don’t understand the amount of water that falls here every year. Read about the history of Robe Canyon and the area, here.I guess I am just not adventurous enough to want to live out here in the late 1800s. I suppose the fishing would have been much better. We did our own adventure and were very thankful for the trail builders that put in all of the time and effort that makes these hikes possible.

imagejpeg_0It rained a little. Not surprisingly.Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.58 AMThe whole hike was beautiful. Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.32 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.20 AMThe lime kiln was also amazing to me. Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.44 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.52 AMSalmon berries are almost ready to be harvested. Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.08.49 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.02 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.08.32 AM

Bertha in Seattle.

Boston had its “Big Dig”. Cost were overrun by 190% and it took 15 years to complete. It included a 3.5 mile tunnel. Here in Seattle, we are digging a small 1.9 mile tunnel. We have purchased the world’s largest boring (bore means making a hole) machine. It has a name (Bertha) and its own Twitter account. Here is her official website. I am a huge fan of this engineering feat. I am not a fan of the tunnel itself. I think that it is a waste of money and resources. I would rather see the money spent on buses, rail, and bike infrastructure.

When this project is complete, I may never drive on the completed road as it will be tolled and I try my hardest not to pay tolls. I would rather have the gas tax increased to pay for roads.

We started digging this summer and we are 5 months into construction. Unfortunately, we are now 3 months behind schedule. Something has been blocking the world’s largest tunneling machine and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) couldn’t figure out what it was. Turns out, it was a metal pipe that WSDOT left in the ground in 2002.

This might be a long project.