Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Trip...Washington/Oregon

To say that Washington and Oregon are beautiful states would be a gross understatement. If you live there, you are lucky! What stunning scenery, all of the time. Here are a few pics from my last business trip there:
The road from Spokane to Seattle. Ok, so not all of Washington is full of trees.

Soon the scenery turned into this:

I was driving through the Cascade Mountains and came upon the coolest little village in the mountains called Leavenworth. It was well worth the drive to Seattle. The whole place looks like an old Bavarian town. It was amazing. The Hat Shop was my favorite. It was filled with thousand of hats and everyone was wildly trying them on and taking pictures and laughing. I need to own a place like this that brings so much joy to people.

It was getting late so I had to head out to Seattle and finish my drive through Steven's Pass in the Cascade Mountains. Wouldn't you know just as I was laughing about the fact it was going to snow back home, I ran into a snow storm of my own rolling through the canyons. I was the nut pulling off the road every twenty feet to get an even better picture. Sorry Washington drivers! (BTW- you are not very friendly drivers I might add) :)

Me at the Public Market Center (duh) in Seattle. Everyone was buying flowers because they are so cheap. I bought some too even though I had nowhere to put them but in the car. Oh well! And the famous Pike's Fish Market where they literally throw fish from one worker to the next. It was awesome. So glad PETA wasn't there that day :)

Jimi Hendrix grave/memorial in Renton, WA. I didn't really follow the dude's music but the concierge at the hotel said it was a must. Sorry dude in the back for posting you on my blog. I waited ten minutes for you to even flinch and you didn't so you are on the blog now mate.

I also got to see the sites of the filiming of Goonies (Astoria, Cannon Beach OR) and the Roloff Farm from Big People Little World in Hillsboro, OR. The mom was even outside at the farm. No pun intended but does life get much bigger than this? HA. As soon as I download the pics I will post them.


Mandi said...

I'm so happy that you made it up to our little (snicker) part of the world! I can understand you loving Leavenworth and the Hat Shop, when we visit my in-laws there we make a point to always go to the Cheese Monger's, they know us by name. What I wouldn't have given to run into you there! I have lived in the Seattle area for 20 years and I'm proud that you appreciated this part of the country. (and I agree about the drivers)

Anonymous said...


I can't wait to see pictures from your Goonies stop! I love love love that movie and have always wanted to go there!

I bet you have enjoyed the traveling but miss your familia! Please continue to post Sophieisms...they make my day!

Thanks for sharing when you can.

ClistyB said...

Always wanted to buy a punkin at the Roloff Farm!

Cindy Major said...

Always fun reading about what's going on with you. :) I agree that Oregon is a beautiful place. We took the scenic road there when we drove from BC to California (actually, we drove from Quebec to BC to California back to Quebec, but that's another story for another time...) and the forest is gorgeous there. And so is the view of the ocean below!

I hope you had a good time on your trip!

Cindy :)

Linda Lou said...

It's a wonder you didn't run into some other 'staff' members in your travels!

Miss you sooo much. We've got to get together soon. Lots of catching up to do!

Anonymous said...

You are missed but I'm happy you found something that makes you happy.
Blessings to you and your family and keep us posted on your life.

Simmy Ogg said...

What a fun trip. My sister lives in Seaside so you probably passed by her in between Cannon Beach and Astoria. All those little beach towns are stinkin' cute :-). Did you get pics of the Roloff Farm ?? I have been wanting to go there so bad. I adore the mom. She reminds me of my sister ... always busy and never stopping !!!

Patty Zeitler said...

you were in Seattle and didn't even look me up??? I could have met you and we could have caught up!! Sounds like your trip was very successful! Yes Levensworth is gorgeous...cute little shops huh? maybe next time you are up we can get together.

A.R. said...

This really looks beautiful. Hope things are going well - whenever I'm out there next, lets go to Cafe Rio!

Lisa said...

Wow fun pics. I love Seattle. Pikes Place is so fun. Good Times.

Messy Stamper said...

Figures that guy wouldn't move! Isn't that how it goes?!? Was just wondering if you went on the Underground Tour??? Best part of my Seattle trip -- you go UNDER SEATTLE to the original city (well, what's left of it)...pretty neat!


Shannon said...

Did The Hat Shop have a haberdashery of hats in it? hahahahaha

Anonymous said...

OMG we were in WA/OR the same time! Weren't the colors just absolutely breath taking. The people we talked to said it was the best some had ever seen. Oh and Leavenworth, what a find!!! We stayed at the best B&B and loved all the cute stores, how about that Nutcracker Museum! 5,000 of them...Would have loved to have seen you again, last time was SU convention 08.
Jane from CA