Summer in Seattle

Ah, finally summer is here in the Pacific Northwest and we couldn’t be more excited.  Chicago was great for outdoor activities that mainly revolved about street fairs and patios, but Seattle has so much more.  Below is a list of what we enjoyed last year and what we are hoping to explore this year:

  • Kayaking at Green Lake and beyond.  And beyond I mean getting enough courage to venture onto Lake Union or Washington maybe this year.
  • Stepping out at street fairs and festivals.  Did I mention the majority are free?  Unlike Chicago where you can expect to pay a “suggested donation” of at least $10 every time.
  • We can’t wait to go to Bumbershoot again in August; great way to spend his birthday weekend.

Too Much Time…

Too much time has passed since I’ve updated!  Below is a little recap of Seattle life and what’s new on the West Coast.

  • Youth in Focus is going wonderful!  I can’t believe it’s been almost three months since I’ve started here.  I love my work, my co-workers, the students…just about everything!
  • I am still writing a monthly column, The Senior Dog Files, for Seattle Dog Spot.  Here is my most recent post about choosing boarding or a dog walker for your senior pooch.
  • Alex has a new co-woker that moved to Seattle from Illinois too with his girlfriend and two dogs.  We’ve enjoyed getting to know them and swapping dog stories!
  • Summer is HERE and we are so excited to hit the hiking trials, taking long dog walks, picnics ad everything in between!  Lets hope it just keeps getting better!

Well, that’s just a short recap of life these days.  I will be back to regularly updating with new pictures and posts starting this week.  I need to get back in the writing-blog habit!


Shopping and More Shopping

This week was great at the new job.  I am falling into my position rather nicely and am grabbing it by the horns.  However, I definitely needed some new attire for the office so today was all about shopping and improving my closet.  The weather here has been a bit wacky so we’re still wearing tees and summery-stuff, but everyone keeps warning us that this isn’t normal and that the grey and cooler temps will be starting.  We are taking full advantage though of this unusual weather though!

We could only shop for so long though and after getting some much-needed items, we call it a day.  Since the weather was so nice out this afternoon and is supposed to be again tomorrow, we agree to not spend it indoors, but rather get outside for a while.  There’s still so much we haven’t explored yet!

Tiger Mountain

Today was the perfect day for another hike.  Last week, Alex got some hiking boots (mine don’t get here until Monday) so he wanted to get out and give them a try.  The West Tiger #3 Summit at Tiger Mountain sounded like a good bet as it wasn’t as easy as Discovery Park but not as difficult as Mt. Si.  So we made the 30 minute drive and found ourselves at the bottom and made our way up.  It was a bit more difficult that we had anticipated with a steady, upward climb pretty much the entire way.  However, we kept at it through rocky pathways only wide enough for one or two people to larger walkways more steep than rocky.  When we reached the top, it was somewhat of a letdown as the views were obstructed by great pine trees all around.  Nevertheless though, we were excited that we made it to the top and took a little break before heading back down.  It was only about two hours up and a little less going down, so definitely not as long of a trip as Mt. Si (we estimate that it will be about six or seven hours round trip for that one when we do it again in a couple of weeks).  We love getting out and doing these hikes on the weekends.  They are a great way to see more the state and to get in some exercise at the same time.  Can’t wait for more!