My aunt is a wonderful person and was recently featured in the Cedar Rapids’ Mercy Hospital Newsletter.
This week we find ourselves no longer owners of a Tesla and Nissan Quest as both were sold as we purchased a new Ford Expedition Max. While we feel guilty about the move away from green energy after selling the Tesla, we were really finding ourselves in need of the larger vehicle in order to transport kids and two Great Danes. The Expedition Max fit the bill perfectly for us.
Spent a long weekend in Denver in search of some much needed relaxation. We met some friends there and enjoyed downtown Denver and also enjoyed the mountain landscape from Boulder. We stayed at The Crawford Hotel which is located inside the renuvated Denver Union Station. It was magnificent!
We just returned from a week long vacation to Maine again! Love that state! This time we took the three younger kids and quickly learned that despite all the natural beauty surrounding them, their preference was for spending as much time at the various hotel swimming pools. We flew to Portland and spent additional time at Old Orchard Beach, Rockland, Rockport, Camden, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park before heading to Bangor for our flight home. Every time we visit we can’t wait to return and are looking forward to our next adventure within the central part of the state next time. We foresee a high likelihood of someday spending much more time in coastal Maine and are starting to seriously plan for relocation there in about 8 more years. Fingers crossed everything goes as planned.
We made a decision, many months ago, to brave the warmer weather and open waters with three children this year and it turned out to be a great time! We flew to Orlando on June 29th for the week long vaation and it was a complete surprise for the kids until the morning we boarded the ship on June 30th. Prior to the cruise we even had time to check out The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. We were able to to visit The Bahamas, St. Thomas USVI and Sint Maarten during the cruise and even had time to swim with some pigs on an island and go on a snorkeling cruise on a catamaran while visiting St. Thomas.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to find the time to write more with our continuing transition into Sheboygan and listing property for sale. Unfortunately, the maintenence of Steinthal still keeps me there on a fairly regular basis and I am still feeling the pressure of taking care of too many “things”. Luckily, I have been able to find some time to travel and relax and the latest destination was Seattle and then we ended up at Salish Lodge at Snoqualamie Falls. We left on June 13 and returned on June 19th.
Snoqualamie was absolutely stunning despite the rainy weather we had while there.
Snoqualmie Falls is a 268-foot (82 m) waterfall in the northwest United States, located east of Seattle on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall City, Washington. It is one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions, but is perhaps best known internationally for its appearance in the cult television series Twin Peaks. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year, where there is a two-acre (0.8 ha) park, an observation deck, and a gift shop.
Most of the river is diverted into the power plants, but at times the river is high enough to flow across the entire precipice, which creates an almost blinding spray. High water occurs following a period of heavy rains or snow followed by warm rainy weather. This can occur during the rainy season which lasts from November through March. During high water, the falls take on a curtain form.
For the Snoqualmie People, who have lived for centuries in the Snoqualmie Valley in western Washington, Snoqualmie Falls is central to their culture, beliefs, and spirituality. A traditional burial site, to the Snoqualmie, the falls are “the place where First Woman and First Man were created by Moon the Transformer” and “where prayers were carried up to the Creator by great mists that rise from the powerful flow.”The mists rising from the base of the waterfall are said to serve to connect Heaven and Earth.
The falls were first nominated for the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 as a Traditional Cultural Property for its association with the beliefs of the Snoqualmie people. However, the property owner, Puget Sound Energy, objected to the listing. The falls were subsequently determined eligible for listing in the National Register. The owners rescinded their objection and on September 2, 2009, the falls were formally listed in the National Register.
Zed and Willow are relaxing this afternoon after a day long inside play session. We are still with snow and waiting very patiently to get outside and have some fun!