Phoneography Monday: Black and White 7-15-13

La Casa Sena

iPhone 5 native camera and edited in Snapseed

The view from the courtyard at La Casa Sena in Santa Fe, NM.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly Phoneography challenge:  Black and White

On The Road Again


I am traveling for work this week and while I have a few posts scheduled and ready to publish I know I will fall behind with my reader. Please be patient, I will catch up as I can and will miss you all while I am gone.

A Perfect Day for Paddle Boarding

Last Sunday we filled our backpacks with swim suits, towels and sunscreen and walked down the hill to the Edmonds – Kingston Ferry for a day of fun on the water.  I tried and failed many times to photograph a pod of Orca whales so you will just have to take my word for it that we saw them on our ride to Kingston.  It was such a treat to see the whales jumping through the water with Mt. Baker in the background.

Kingston is a cute little town built around the harbor and is full of restaurants and ice cream/coffee shops catering to the ferry travelers.  We had a great lunch at the Kingston Ale House before paddling and then cooled down with ice cream on the way back to the Ferry.

If anyone in the Puget Sound area is looking for a great way to spend the afternoon I encourage you to check out Kingston Adventures. They rent Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP’S) by the hour as well as Kayak and Mountain Bikes plus they have awesome kids camps and guided trail adventures.  I have to plan my next trip around one of their sunset paddles!

Our return trip to Edmonds shared the water with two huge cruise ships on their way north to Alaska.  Another trip on my “some day” list…  All in all a perfect day in the Pacific Northwest.

*This post is my 100th here at Northwest Frame of Mind and I want to share a heartfelt thank you with all of my readers.  I continue to be surprised by how many of you around the world are interested in this corner of my life  and am so happy you are sharing a few minutes of your day with me.   My first seven months as a new blogger have been a blast and I am looking forward to my next 100 posts!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Nostalgic. Sometimes, we long for the past: for moments we want to remember or recapture. The good times. The golden years. Or perhaps we’re homesick, or longing for something — or someone — that might have been.  Cheri Lucas Rowlands The Daily Post

The Olga Store 1989
The Olga Store 1989
The Olga Store 2002
The Olga Store 2002
Nostalgic 3
The Olga Store 2008


My son and his cousin having ice cream at the same counter we loved as kids.
My son and his cousin having ice cream at the same counter we loved as kids.


The Olga Post Office 1989
The Olga Post Office 1989
The Olga Post Office 2002
The Olga Post Office 2002

I have been in a nostalgic frame of mind this summer, paging through old photo albums and revisiting favorite family vacation spots during my days off.  Watching my son spend his first summer without a structured schedule of camp and daycare is bringing back fond memories of wide open summer days with nothing to do but read a book and play outside.

When we were kids my parents rented an old beach cabin on Orcas Island for our summer vacation get-away.  The six of us spent happy weeks in this little place and then the larger farmhouse up the hill for the next 20 years and I still return to the island as often as I can.

It was such a treat to climb in the back of our VW Bus and travel down the twisty road to the little town of Olga. We always brought our allowance to the General Store for souvenirs and ice cream then walked over to the post office to mail postcards sharing our beach combing adventures with friends and family back home.

Posted as part of The Weekly Photo Challenge:  Nostalgic.

What I Like About Travel

One of the things I enjoy most about travel is the chance to experience a brand new view during very normal moments. I’m sure most of us have been disappointed by a sub-par hotel room with an uninspiring view of the parking lot but I don’t take pictures of those mistakes… I do however take pictures of wide open skies and landscapes in new-to-me colors.

One mile from my home, in any direction, the view is pretty much guaranteed to be dominated by trees.   As my ideas for this post started to come together I stepped outside to take a few photos trying to find the sky through the trees.

Don’t get me wrong, I love trees and the shade they offer but every once in a while I really want to see an open horizon.

John, Ryan and I spent last week away from  home for a long awaited family vacation. Thursday’s forecast was for a very hot day but we woke up early and drove to my Aunt’s house in hopes of a short hike before the heat sent everyone indoors. Our reward was finding ourselves surrounded by new terrain and uninterrupted views of bright blue sky.

Open sky is something I always look for when travelling, what is on your list?

To see more great travel stories and methods take a look at the Daily Prompt: Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

Wordless Wednesday: 6-26-13 Santa Fe Supermoon

Super Moon in Santa Fe

* A few words… the June 2013 Super moon rising in Santa Fe, NM.  We had a wonderful dinner at La Fonda then returned to our hotel to toast what would have been Grandpa Joe’s 89th Birthday from our lounge chairs.  It was a beautiful  evening.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

Mt. Saint Helens

My first few photos from our recent summer trip to Santa Fe are actually of snow-covered Mt. Saint Helens.  This is the view out the airplane window as we broke through the clouds on our way from Seattle, WA to the high desert of northern New Mexico.  For more unique views of the world please see the latest Daily Post:  The World Through Your Eyes.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says…Family Fun

Signs. Funny, poignant, symbolic, incorrect, informative, foreshadowing…there are so many signs in the world. Sara Rosso – The Daily Post

I am unpacking and trying to catch up with my reader after a work trip to Phoenix but couldn’t resist taking a break to answer the latest Weekly Photo Challenge:  The Sign Says.  I decided to take the funny, symbolic and slightly foreshadowing approach mentioned above to show you a few family photos from a trip to Disneyland.

The Sign Says Disneyland

Ryan and his cousin at the entrance to the park.

The Sign Says Halloween Time

We timed our visit to see the Halloween Decorations.

The Sign Says Tower of Terror

I still have nightmares about this ride…

The Sign Says Maximum Load 3 Tons

The Tower of Terror scared the pants off me (a broken elevator in a haunted hotel) but the only picture we have shows me smiling…

The Sign Says R-yan

“R” for Ryan

The Sign Says Grizzly River Run

Grizzly River Run is one of our favorites.

The Sign Says Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain!  Do you think my brother practiced his pose before the ride?


Photographers, show us JOURNEY – The Daily Post

Journey - Spring Break 2012

Spring Break 2012:  Four beach front Island cabins filled with 9 adults, 7 kids and 4 dogs.  Boat access only, no grocery stores , plenty of warm clothes, hiking, exploring and great memories.