My sister sent these two photos, documenting apple picking time, from Washington, where she is visiting our brother.
The Northern Cascades- Guest Blog
“A .5-mile paved loop takes you atop rocky outcroppings that overlook the valley floor far below and give you prime views of the jagged peaks opposite you. It’s one of those dramatic pictuesque scenes you come to love from the North Cascades.”
I’ve been on that winding road and what I remember quite vividly is there are no guard rails but yes, the view is spectacular.
Mt. Rainier Above the Clouds – Guest Blog
Today’s guest blogger is 8 years old, starting Third grade in the fall. Wow! Look at this photo she took from her flight’s window.
Thanks Ellie, for allowing me to share your shot of Mt. Rainier, Washington. If you hit the link on the name you’ll see it’s also known as Tahoma or Tacoma, I looked up the elevation and it’s 14,411 feet (4,392 meters)
Have a wonderful vacation and thanks for sharing your photo today. Your grandma has been a blog follower and good comment writer for years.
Out of this world gallery inspired by Ben Huberman at WordPress
Roads Taken from Okanogan WA
The Road Taken- Washington Roads
A gallery of roads from trips to the Northwest, visiting our brother.
Irrigation of fruit orchard
Wildfire damage below
Our crazy rental Lincoln Continental. We need a car with room in it for David’s leg which was healing.
Gallery of water in Washington for the H2O challenge
The first photo is Dry Falls you can barely see the kayakers, ant size.
Chief Joseph Dam near Bridgeport WA
Irrigation of apple orchard in Eastern Washington, Brewster.
My sister- in-law at wet waterfalls (will have to ask her the name )
Fort Okanogan Interpretive Center
We drove in and parked. Through the exhibits and a video we learned a lot about the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Hunting, fishing, artifacts, fur trading industry, There was an exhibit about the 2014 wildfires in the area We were welcomed at the front desk and shown around by the Museum Coordinator- Kristen Heidenthal
Anthropology & Museum Studies majors as undergrad and a Master’s in Archives and Administration
Dugout Canoe belonged to Long Jim a chief of the Chelan Tribe
Twenty Hour Journey
First leg of our journey complete.
Mary and I made it to Okanogan via Seattle and Wenatchee Washington to be with our brother David and his wife Carolee.
It’s a long way from New York City. We got diverted to Minneapolis for a couple of hours but we were fortunate to make our connections. A little more excitement than we needed.
Here’s the article about what happened on our way to Seattle. Alaska Air couldn’t have been nicer to us.
Morning view in Okanogan
Seattle Airport- The Olympic Mountain range in the distance
Orchards from the Bombarier 400Q plane
Ready for the winter, firewood pile
Where we sleep in the Yoga Studio
Washington Parting Shot
Mary suggested this one. The cherry with a tiny leaf still attached on it. Farewell Washington. We live so far apart and it isn’t an easy trip to make often. We miss David but feel fortunate to had such a loving and happy relaxed time together. When you tell someone you are just back from Washington they ask if you made it to the exhibit at the Corcoran and then you have to explain it is Washington STATE. Washington head silhouettes on all the road signs. I will have to research the history of how the state got named.
Before They Get to the Store
Huge nets to keep HoneyCrisp safe from birds who like to peck the sweet flesh. Rolls and rolls of Mylar to help the organic Gala apples turn red all over. Planting. Elaborate irrigation. Grafting. Fertilization. Some sprayed with calcium. Insecticide. The organic ones sprayed with fish oil. Thinning- to space the apples out so they get a certain size. After the harvest,they go to the packing sheds. They are sorted. Machines with light sensors separate them by color for different grades. The apples need to be put into trays. packed following International Rules for Sanitation. Boxed Cold storage. Shipped to the store. We buy them . Eat them. 3 images of apples.