Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why I love the pacific northwest

Tracy had a job he had to look at in Leavenworth, WA. yesterday, so he asked me if I wanted to come along for the ride.  Leavenworth is about 2 hours away across the mountain pass.  Not one of my favorite places but it has it's charm, I guess.
 The stores were all filled with stuff that no one needs, but they were cute and very bavarian.  I did like the pretzel tree...if only they had been fresh and warm!  Hey speaking of pretzels, Tom Douglas makes a wood fired one at his new restaurant, Brave Horse (south Lake Union in Seattle) that is to die for.

 So...leavenworth is NOT the reason I love this region.  It is the woods and scenery that made the whole trip worth it.
 Sophie needed a drink.  this was on the side of the road.

 I swear I saw a little tree elf pop his head out right before I took this shot.  ;)
 someone besides me was very very happy she got to come along.
 a tiny bit of snow leftover up on stevens pass.
 So...the rest of the pictures are from a spot that I got a glimpse of off the side of the road when were cruising home.  It was more of my spidey sense that made me urge tracy to pull off the road right there.  It looked like we could walk down the semi steep hill to the river.  This was the first WOW moment when we stepped over the guard rail and came around the corner and saw this amazing wall of moss.
 2nd WOW moment was when I saw all these big huge stones forming small caves.
 this place STILL makes my heart go pitter patter just looking at the pictures again.  It was truly magical.
 I don't mind graffiti in the city but out here???  come on guys!  Oh well, it didn't hamper my complete and utter AWE moment.
 What a find...who even knew?!

 might be a passageway to another dimension...
 definitely coming back here to swim when the weather gets warmer.


 This is by far, one of the coolest places I have ever seen.


 These rocks almost looked like glaciers...and the water was so blueish-green.


 who doesn't love a pile of sticks?
 Anyway...I just had to share this place because it was so awe inspiring.  If you want to find it yourself, you have to go out through monroe and head towards steven's pass on hwy. 2.  When you see mile marker #38, it is about 1/2 mile past that on your right hand side (going east).  There is a little 2-car pull-off place to the side of the road.  There is no sign, no markings, nothing.  and you really can't see it from the road.

49 comments:

  1. Some of that really looks like the gorges in Ithaca.

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  2. Wow, that is beautiful. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I think I saw Frodo and Bilbo Baggins run into one of those rock doorways. It certainly looks magical. I want to see how you're going to journal this.

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  4. I can see why you love it.....gorgeous!

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  5. I've been there twice and I agree-the scenery is amazing. It's beautiful in the Autumn too when the trees are all changing and the salmon are spawning. I spent CDN Thanksgiving there once and the other time, I was in the parade. Good times!

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  6. I agree tara! That was one of the first things I said to tracy.

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  7. Colleen in NH6:09 PM

    Oh wow oh wow, what a fab find! Those rocks are amazing, I see faces in there. And the water........
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  8. WOW! A really magical place. What great spidey sense.

    Can you go in any of the caves? Did you?

    Cheers

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  9. Those are absolutely amazing shots - thank you so much. I love Washington state too! :-)

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  10. Amazing! Love the pics! Thanks for sharing the magic with us. Jessi xox

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  11. Amazing! Another reason I want to move up that way!!! Nature! I miss being in nature!

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  12. I usually dread going to Leavenworth ... Except for the pretty drive. Last tilme we went it was so crowded we had to park quite far away from the main street area, and stumbled upon a beautiful creek and walking trail. It quickly became an art field trip for me with great photos for later projects :)

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  13. Thanks for sharing...we're on our way there this weekend. Maybe we'll get a chance to stop...or keep it for a future trip. So fun!

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  14. Wow! Amazing! I would have to check out Leavenworth since I just moved to the region. It is quite awful that the beautiful landscape was disrupted by the graffiti. Argh!

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  15. I enjoyed Leavenworth if just because it was different. We had a great lunch. Disappointed in the pastries. We came up from the south so I didn't get to see the mountains you saw. WOW. May have to take another side trip.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  16. It appears all manner of elves and water sprites would inhabit a place like this. it called you! How wonderful is that!

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  17. I was born and raised in the pacific northwest, north of the border, and there are more awe-inspiring places here than almost anywhere else on earth. I'm completely addicted to finding as many of them as I can with dog and camera. Your photos are really great, you've definitely captured some of your awe in them.

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  18. Such an amazing collection of photographs, What a wonderful place and it really is another world.Thanks for the tour!
    JoZarty x

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  19. wow what abeautiful place. great find and gorgeous photos.

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  20. Amazing. I especially loved that moss wall. Is Sophie an Akita?

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  21. Magic in every photo! Thank you for sharing. I'm on the east coast so I would not get to be there any other way except through your photos. That place is a piece of heaven with awe inspiring beauty at every turn!

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  22. Hi teesha
    I am Zubair, a textile designer from Pakistan... I was googling some stuff and came across this amazing blog and loved it like anything.... you style has really inspired me... great work!

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  23. Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, Teesha.

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  24. What stunning scenery...the white rocks look almost like bits of glacier, the wall of moss...yes, like the portal to another, very enchanted, realm. Thanks for sharing your wonderful eye with us.

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  25. Stunning-one of the reasons i fell in love w/the Pacific Northwest-stuff like that. Had to laugh when you said you would go back to swim when warmer-it's nearly 100 here!

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  26. MB Shaw...Sophie is half Norwegian Elk Hound and half Chow ;)

    This place truly is magical. We are going to be exploring and visiting lots more really cool places this summer. I can't wait.

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  27. What a magical place! I want to go!

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  28. I love that you loved and posted a pretzel tree!! Best wishes from germany, tj

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  29. Re: Sophie -- I, too, thought she was at least part Akita. Mine is half Akita and half who knows what but she looks VERY much like Sophie. I loves me some pooches.

    And how fortunate to have such beautiful sights so near. The water is amazing. We are drying up here "somethin' fierce" in Texas.

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  30. Oh I've been to many places...this is absolutely taking my breath away, the moss wall...everything...so jealous!!
    XOXOrly

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  31. What a magical place!

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  32. absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. This is why I miss the pacific northwest so much.

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  33. After going through your post, I definitely see quite a few valid reasons which may compel you to love the Pacific northwest. Even I am thinking about paying a visit out there.

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  34. What amazing photos! So green and lust and full of mystery and nautre's beauty! Thanks for sharing your day out with us!

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  35. Laura7:59 AM

    Can you tell us where this is? Maybe you remember the mile marker? We go there a lot and the pictures look so familiar. It seems to me that it must be near where you come into town but before that first candy shop. I really love the photos!

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  36. WOW! There we a couple photos that it almost looked as if they were man made shelters??!!?? Being square edged and all. Beautiful!
    I agree about graffiti

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  37. Oh how beautiful. I want to go there. Loved seeing Sophie as well.

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  38. lisa Waddle11:35 AM

    Thanks for the mile marker info. I've got to take my daughters there, it does look magical, we will be on the look out for fairies!

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  39. what an amazing place!

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  40. beautiful pictures!! xx

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  41. I really like the article that you mentioned, because it adds another value

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  42. Beautiful pictures! I haven't been out that way in while- you just reminded me a road trip is in order!

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  43. Great pics! We were just in Leavenworth last week, well Sleeping Lady for a couple of days. Beautiful drive from Seattle. Love all the green and nature...so different from this dry desert of Vegas. We stop on Hwy 2 for a coffee at that little green shack where part of the movie Harry & the Henderson's was filmed...too funny...have you seen that espresso shack? :-)

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  44. Beautiful! reminds me of Yosemite National Park. just lovely. i stayed over a night in Leavenworth years ago. wish i had seen more of the behind the scenes then the touristy stuff!

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  45. VynnietheGardener@yahoo.com7:19 PM

    I Love that puppy!!! I'm determined to make friends some day. Just want hug her and rub those big furry ears! Oh yeah, those are some nice nature pics.

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  46. Absolutely BREATHTAKING! However, living here in NJ is a bit too far to explore this wonderful place ,

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  47. What a charming place! Love it! I'd like to see in real time! Unfortunately, this place is to far away for me. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures!

    Greetings from Germany

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  48. amazing nature! only spoil the general appearance of graffiti

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