Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Weekend Away at Snoqualmie WA

We had an impromptu getaway this weekend. Doug had a three-day weekend & got off work early on Friday, so we packed up our little trailer & went to Snoqualmie, WA, where we stayed at Cascade RV park, just north of I-90 at exit #25. What a delightful spot! The rhododendrons were in full bloom (rhodies are our Washington State Flower), as were azaleas. Weather was forecasted to be "scattered showers" and fortunately, most of the scattering occurred at night. Our days were mostly delightful, with temperatures in the 60's.

Here are a few photos from our getaway. Snoqualmie Falls is always spectacular. But with the melting snowpeaks and "scattered showers" the view was amazing at the Falls. The Inn at the top is the Salish Lodge, just in case you're curious. A lovely place to stay or have brunch.

The town of Snoqualmie reminds me a lot of Skagway, Alaska, but without all the jewelry stores. There is a train that runs from Snoqualmie to North Bend, then down to the Falls & back to Snoqualmie. All together, it was about 75 minutes on the train, & was a most delightful trip.

The lake with all the stumps in it is Rattlesnake Lake, on the Cedar River. The watershed is definitely worth a visit, with its fabulous gardens with drums which are played by raindrops and spouts of water.

Over the weekend, I had a little time to knit, and worked on the Tina shawl, a KAL from our local knitting/spinning/weaving shop, Northwest Handspun Yarns in Bellingham. I made great progress and am now on the beginning of the third chart of lace patterns. The Tina Shawl (Fiddlesticks Knitting) is a wonderful pattern. There is just enough detail to keep the knitting from becoming boring (snore). Some rows are challenging, but many are pretty quick knitting with minimal patterning. The design is simply gorgeous. I'll definitely be making this one again.

As for spinning, well, it just didn't happen. We spent enough of our time going from one spectacular vista to another that we didn't spend all that much time at the trailer. I do look forward to the days when we actually just sit & relax there a bit . . . maybe next time, I'll go buy a book for Doug to read so I can have some spinning time. :-)


Blogger Jiggledy said...

Great pics, Yvonne. Are you guys away this weekend too?


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Blogger Lavendersheep said...

My mom grew up around there. She said that the lodge there (I hope I am remembering this right) was what was used in the old tv series Twin Peaks.

The pics you took are awesome btw!

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