30 Minutes in the Life: September 2016

I have spent the last 9 weeks in recovery and it still goes on.  I can drive but I cannot walk far.  I find I need to get my foot elevated pretty quickly.  I attempted to take some photo’s juggling the crutches yesterday and that just did not work.  So for this month I am just going to continue to share the Seattle Stories.  The Orcas Islands were amazing, on the ferry boat rides we saw such stunning scenery, and the town of Friday Harbor was quaint, pretty and welcoming.  Today we are on the road from the Orcas Islands, heading towards the German town of Leavensworth.  We are heading into the mountains and of course the snow.

The scenery was beautiful and I will confess that my blog was taken over a longer period than 30 minutes.

Driving along the highway it is really hard to capture the scenery. The countryside was beautiful.

Driving along the highway it is really hard to capture the scenery. The countryside was beautiful.

Mountains - that's where we are heading.

Mountains – that’s where we are heading, although a bit deeper in.

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

We saw amazing scenery along the way and sometimes you just need to snap from the car.

On the road

On the road, alongside the train tracks.

I love being in the mountains and seeing the snow. What gorgeous scenery

Our first sighting of a close up of the mountains with snow. Yay…oh boy it’s going to be cold

We stopped at this tiny little side of the road coffee spot. So very quaint and unusual.

We stopped at this tiny little side of the road coffee spot. So very quaint and unusual.

The view from behind the quaint little coffee stop. Majestic mountains.

The view from behind the quaint little coffee stop. Majestic mountains.

There is a sense of excitement when a South Florida girl gets to see snow. It was a spectacular sight.

There is a sense of excitement when a South Florida (African) girl gets to see snow. It’s been a while and it was a spectacular sight.

The road we traveled from the Orca Islands to Seattle meandered along the river. In some places it was flat and in others is was rocky and choppyy.

The road we traveled from the Orca Islands to Seattle meandered along the river. In some places it was flat and in others is was rocky and choppy.

We took a 2 minute freezing cold snow photo op.

We took a 2 minute freezing cold snow photo op at a ski lodge pull off

Richard doing his peace out thing. Has to be a sixties child.

Richard doing his peace out thing. Has to be a hippie era child.

Ski lifts - the last time I went on the ski lifts in Denver, I got horribly sick and so I am avoiding these with a passion. Not that I would have any plans to ski.

Ski lifts – the last time I went on the ski lifts in Denver, I got horribly sick and so I am avoiding these with a passion. Not that I would have any plans to ski. I have two left feet and end up with broken bones.

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

We came around a curve to this beautiful river scene and so I had to pose Richard in the photo.  We don’t take too many people pictures for some reason.

There were some beautiful rivers that we passed. The driver has one mission - get to the town. The back seat driver, keeps telling him to stop

There were some beautiful rivers that we passed. The driver has one mission – get to our destination. The back seat driver, keeps telling him to stop

Richard

Another close up of the driver, Richard. One of my favorite people as I have to be honest, I would not want to drive on roads that may have snow or ice.

The rushing rivers as a result of the snow.

Sometimes the scenery was bleak and gray, hence the black and white image. The rushing rivers as a result of the snow.

Getting out in front of the camera is not my thing but sometimes you just have to do it.

Getting out in front of the camera is not my thing but sometimes you just have to do it to record that you were actually on vacation.

A beautiful lake and view alongside a shop, called The Alps, that we stopped at. Interesting store. I had about a hundred different varieties of taffy.

A beautiful lake and view alongside a shop, called The Alps, that we stopped at. Interesting store. It had about a hundred different varieties of taffy.

Barry and Enid at the shop stop.

Barry and Enid at the shop stop.  Nothing beats spending time with family.  Given that we are spread out across the continents these times are a real treat.

I loved the stillness and peacefulness of this area.

I loved the stillness and peacefulness of this area.

Another stopping point was this bridge across the river. I wish I could have stopped at all the interesting places.

Another stopping point was this bridge across the river. I wish I could have stopped at all the interesting places.

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Last stop before heading into Leavensworth.  Look out for my blog on this tiny German town.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 minutes.    This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my fellow blogger Hayley Hay photography / Lausanne, Switzerland and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

30 Minutes changed their name to Journey to an Artist.  If you want to know more about Journey to an Artist head over to their Facebook page, or to the blog page.  There is new and exciting happenings going on with the group Journey to an Artist that you are sure to want to check it out.

You can find the blogs to the Chihuly Gardens inside and out,  to Pike Street Market,  the Seattle Waterfront and Ferris Wheel, Bainbridge Island,  Seattle LibraryColumbia Building and Chinatown, Seattle City Scenes , the ferry trip to Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor the town, and the ferry trip back to the mainland, by clicking on the highlighted names.

Keep a look out for more of the upcoming blogs, the town of Leavensworth and the Snoqualmie Falls.

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11 Comments on “30 Minutes in the Life: September 2016

  1. These are beautiful, Sharleen! I’m glad you got in front of the camera and I sure didn’t mind seeing more than 30 minutes in this gorgeous place!! Hope you feel better soon. 🙂

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  2. Pingback: Tell me a Story: September 2016 | sharleenstuart

  3. Love your photos. Thank you for showing me another of the world – somewhere so different to anywhere I have ever been. All the best with your recovery.

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