Sunday, April 17, 2016

Seattle, "der Lenz ist da!"

Ever since we moved to Seattle, everyone we met has been telling us how everyone here lives for the Spring and Summer. It's supposed to be exceptionally beautiful.

Well, Spring has finally arrived, and it's glorious! I can't help skip a bit every time we step outside when the sun is beaming, and the cheer in this 1930's German song really reflects how awesome this time of year is (yes, I'm aware of the sexual innuendo in the song but it doesn't negate the joy of the season)!

"Veronika, der Lenz ist da" by the Comedian Harmonists

The moment it got warm enough to think about heading to higher ground, we headed out to Twin Falls in North Bend just beyond Snoqualmie east of Seattle. We are a bit out of shape so the trail was just challenging enough to make it seem like we're getting a workout without completely discouraging us. I want to work towards doing longer and more challenging trails at Mount Rainier by the end of the summer.

Really cool plant along the trail

Twin Falls

On the way back towards Seattle, we stopped by Snoqualmie Falls, which has become a major tourist attraction, but it's well worth battling the crowds when the falls are at its fullest.

Snoqualmie Falls

Getting photobombed by our friend

We took advantage of another beautiful weekend to check out the Washington State Fair in Puyallup southeast of Seattle. State fairs are kind of the same from state to state with the requisite fried foods, rickety rides that you pray won't break while you're on it, and farm animals. But it was still worth soaking up some vitamin D while hanging out with friends!

Favorite food from the fair - warm scone with raspberry jam

The thing that did us in at the fair and had us calling it a day was me accidentally winning the ring toss. Poor Mike had to endure the humiliation of carrying the monstrous stuffed animal to the hero!

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