Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage.....
Lake side, pool side, beach side, river side...or just plain old sidewalk! Nothing beats the Greenwood Classic Car show! Cruise the mile and a half thoroughfare dotted with one vintage beauty after another....
Summer in Seattle sure was nice, but sometimes a girl's gotta hit the road and head south. Run for the border to the Rose City, aka Portlandia aka Portland, OR. June is the time when the flowers are in bloom and the Roses are Free in Peninsula Park. But a summer just isn't a summer without a trip to the beach! Head west to the coast and you'll run into a sweet little beach town called Manzanita. Perfect setting to taste the salty breezes and tickle your toes in the cold Pacific surf.
Those cool rainy winters in Seattle sure can be a drag, but at least we have gorgeous flowers and plants to show for it when Summer comes to town. Speaking of towns, what a better place to see all sorts of flora and fauna than south of Seattle proper in a quirky neighborhood called Georgetown. A little jewel tucked inside of industrial parks, railroads, and airports, you would never know the secret gardens that await you had you not gone on the Georgetown Garden Tour. Petunias, Succulents, Hydrangeas, Roses, and Pictures of Lily(s), could be spotted in hi-definition brilliance.
Oh yes, that birthday.... they say it's my birthday (we're gonna have a good time)....It was a milestone one this year. But a lady never reveals her age. She will just have her cake and eat it too, thank you very much!
It's no secret that sometimes those 'milestone' birthdays cause you to question the meaning of life and where you fit in to the scheme of things. With such pensive thoughts on the brain, another 'get outta dodge' moment was needed in search of my 'sol'. So a short roadtrip and then a ferry ride brought Me Myself and I to Whidbey Island, where I felt like I was miles away from pressures of the city. Time to let loose!
Beaches, blue skies, fresh air, and walks through the woods provided much needed mental clarity and renewal for my birthday'd-out brain. Forget the fountain of youth, the key to anti-aging is a long walk deep in the forest to expand your mind!
Each day brought forth a new experience, a new answer to a question, and one step closer to being in touch with my 'sol', one sunset at a time.
If there was one take away moment I could reflect on this summer, it would be the one time I awoke extra early while at Whidbey Island to 'get up at the bum-crack of dawn to watch the sunrise'. I'm not much of an early riser; I'd rather watch the sunset in mental peace & serenity than try to hustle out the door in the dark with morning grogginess to catch a sunrise. But I wanted a new challenge and a new perspective of watching the sun. Surprisingly, with no coffee in my system, I amazed myself by jumping out of bed, brushing my teeth, and hitting the ground running at 5:30 am for the sunrise!
So I set out on my journey from the cottage at where I was staying. Blankets of fog covered the surrounding fields on each side of my path, and the sky above transitioned from midnight blue to medium blue. I wasn't exactly sure where I wanted to see the sunrise; I just knew I needed to head East. I decided that maybe I'd see the sunrise in a new a location that I had never been to on Whidbey Island and set out towards that point. As I continued driving, the blankets of fog that were once dotting the fields here and there morphed into one thick, nearly blinding white cloud-wall. The voice inside of me said you'll never see the sunrise in this. So with just minutes to spare, I backtracked and decided on a sunrise destination: Langley. I knew the little town well and had even spent time there the day before relaxing on the water bank. It was East and of course I'd see the sunrise there, I thought. So Langley sunrise or bust, I headed in that direction and the sky went from cotton ball white to clear blue. I had finally gotten my bearings and knew my sunrise GPS was up to speed. With just a minute before the actual sunrise time, I parked the car and walked towards the public landing near the water which faced East. Moments after, a bright orange ball slowly rose above the peaked horizon. The ball grew larger and more intense with every second it lifted up in the sky. Wow...what a glorious sight to behold! And amazingly, I was the only person to witness this!! I continued walking around the landing area to get different view points and then I looked up at the street name which I had never noticed until then. Well, whaddya know!? I was on Sunrise Lane, watching one of the most magnificent sunrises!! I chuckled to myself.
What I learned from this experience is that sometimes you just got to go after the 'unknown', trust your instincts, keep your eyes on the prize, and the answer will be obvious, looking you right back in the face. And that makes you Happier than the Morning Sun!
Thanks for taking the time to read about my summer 'sol' search. Looking back on it, it was quite a journey. Pictures say a thousand words, but music is always in my heart, body, mind, and soul. Sprinkled throughout my summer travel recap were some musical clues that I listed in bold. Pick them out and you have the soundtrack of my summer. Press play & enjoy!