Sunday, December 14, 2008
10:59 AM PST on Sunday, December 14, 2008
By KING5.com Staff and Associated Press
SEATTLE - A blanket of snow and ice covering much of Western Washington is making getting around a challenge - and it could last for several days before the region warms up again.
The National Weather Service says it will likely be the most prolonged streak of sub-freezing weather since December of 1990.
"Expect that when you walk outside it's going to be freezing," KING 5 Meteorologist Chris Warren said "What might end up making this unusual is that we don’t pull out of it very quickly."
The cold air mass is expected to sit over the region for the rest of the week with most all of Western Washington remaining near or below freezing even during the daytime.
The cold stretch could exceed a six-day span of cold that occurred at SeaTac in December of 1990.
Subfreezing temperatures for six whole days?! What will we do in the "bitter" cold?
If only I were back in the toasty Midwest.
Wait . . .
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A Year of CrockPotting
The woman who created the blog made a New Year's resolution at the start of 2008 to use her Crock-Pot every day of this year. And she has posted all of her recipes on the blog, along with her notes and witty side comments. I especially like that her recipes aren't all of the beef-stew variety. Sure, I love beef stew, but it's nice to see that you can get a lot of variety out of a slow cooker!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This autumn I have discovered another interesting fact about Washington: apple trees are everywhere. I don't mean that this is the U.S. capital of apple production (which it is); I mean apple trees are common yard decoration. It seems like every third house has at the very least one tree heavily laden with fruit.
Speaking of fruit, we have a cherry tree in the backyard, but we didn't get to sample any cherries this summer--the raccoons got to them first. (They did the same with the grapevines on the deck.)
Summer also brought me a revelation about blackberry bushes: they're actually a nuisance plant here. They billow over everything, drowning all plants in their path. I think blackberry thorns were responsible for flattening one of the tires on Liam's stroller. But the berries were sure tasty! Our long walks may have yielded a flat tire, but they also yielded some yummy on-the-move snacks.
It seems like apple trees and blackberry bushes grow in Washington yards the way mango trees grow in Hawaii yards, or the way . . . uh . . . the way . . . um . . . never mind. I can't think of anything in Illinois that is a good comparison. Suburbs, maybe? I guess that's fairly accurate; suburbs grow in everyone's backyard there--in Chicagoland, at least.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
No, I'm not referring to New London, nor am I referring to what must be the 300th Ocean City in the nation. I'm not even referring to the town of Aloha. Let's take a closer look:
Friday, September 12, 2008
Apart from that, I'm not really experiencing much of the negative culture shock that's typical when you move somewhere new. The only other bad thing I can think of is the coffee shops and huts in which all of the baristas wear bikinis. But that's really more ridiculous than annoying, and there aren't many of them.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Our bed and breakfast in the Olympia area. The moving truck wasn't going to arrive for another day, so we needed a bed to sleep in. Bummer that it was such a bad location. :)
Jackson is so patient with Liam (though you can tell he's not thrilled that Liam is sitting on him).
Fountain Paint Pot
This is a bison calf on the walkway at Fountain Paint Pot. I did not zoom in; (s)he really was that close to us. Before you write a comment chastising us for putting Liam (and the bison) in danger, let me say that we had absolutely no choice. The bison were surrounding us, and they kept getting closer. There was nowhere to go. (That didn't stop a woman who saw this happen from giving us a good talking-to. I guess she thought we should've used our jet packs to blast up and away.)
This is Old Faithful right at the end of an eruption:
I couldn't help taking this video of the Firehole River. The scenery and the sounds were too beautiful.
Video of the coyote. You can hear Jackson whining in the background. I'm narrating the video, but you probably can't hear me, because I had about 1% of my voice left by this point.
geothermal feature by Fountain Paint Pot:
While we were at Fountain Paint Pot, this herd of bison came strolling up. There was nowhere we could go; they were surrounding us (I'll also post a crazy video).
Friday, June 20, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Butte. Perhaps the less said about Butte, the better. I don’t think we’ll be staying there again. Our hotel, our hotel room, our dinner options . . . Yeah, the less said, the better. :)
Mammoth Hot Spring
Minerva Terrace, currently inactive:
Liberty Cap, a dormant hot spring cone:
detail of running water and mineral deposits at Palette Spring:
Pronghorn are the fastest land mammals in the New World.
Female pronghorn and young high up on the hillside: