Sunday, November 19, 2017

What-What?! Week of November 19th

Not too much going on here in the past week; we've discovered that we have a mouse in the attic, so we're working on getting that taken care of.  As far as we can tell, it has not made it into the house itself yet, so at least that.

The docket for this coming week is pretty much go to work and then enjoy Thanksgiving; this is what our menu is looking like this year:

Main Course:
  • Roast turkey
  • Cornbread stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Homemade cranberry sauce (link to recipe)
  • String beans, sautéed in butter and garlic, topped with crumbled bacon
  • Broccoli for everyone that's not eating string beans (so, anyone not me)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

What-What?! Week of November 12th

Yesterday, we headed out in the rain for a hike at the Saint Edward State Park in Kirkland.  The park borders Lake Washington, with trails leading down to the edge of the lake.  It was way more up and down than I had anticipated, and by the time we had finished hiking back up the hill to get to the car, we were all very worn out.

There were tons of trees with moss and these fern-things on them.

The trees were giant and very gnarly -- the growth in this forest dates back a century, so lots of older growth to look at.

This big mushroom was the only of it's kind that we saw.  All the other ones were little and white/tan or a shelf fungus.

Crazy roots were everywhere.  There were times these made for some slick walking, though.

Normally when you see a tree stump, the center is hollow.  This is the opposite of that.  Pretty interesting.

Saw tons of these mushrooms.

This is a tree that had started growing on top of the trunk of another tree, with the roots going down around it.  The tree itself is actually very tall -- it stretched up a good 20 feet or so.

In this picture, you can see all the roots from the trees -- this is probably the most we saw in one area that were along the surface.

Little stream heading for Lake Washington.

The view across Lake Washington was beautiful, especially with all the trees in different colors on the opposite bank.

Saint Edward State Park borders (or is part of? Not sure) a historic seminary.  This building is still in use by a local university, and was constructed in 1931.

It was nice to get out and see some nature, though by the end the kids were definitely done.