Monday, September 17, 2012

The Route of the Hiawatha

 To celebrate Labor Day, Jason and I, along with some of our Spokane friends went and rode bikes down The Route of the Hiawatha. 

Holy Moly. What an experience! 

I've heard from a few different sources that this bike trail is a must if living or visiting the inland northwest. I am so glad we did it! It was hands down, one of the most beautiful places I've seen while living in this region. The trail is 15 miles long and is a gentle down hill ride the whole time. You go through 11 tunnels (one of which is 1.66 miles long!) and over 9 high trestles.
The entire terrain seems like something out of a movie. It was unreal.
Trees beyond trees beyond trees.
All your surrounds are so green!
Gorgeous waterfalls just a few feet off the trail. 

Here's how it works-

You'll need:
 -bikes (road bikes not recommended) 
-A helmet
-A headlamp
-A jacket (some of the long tunnels get pretty chilly!)
*If you don't own any of the above, you can rent it from Lookout pass.

You purchase a trail pass, a bus pass and any needed rental gear from Lookout pass. Then you drive about 5 miles down the highway and park your car at the top of the trail. Next, hop on those bikes and ride leisurely for 2.5 hours or so. Bring a lunch and a camera. I promise you'll be stopping multiple times just to enjoy and take in the scenery. When you get to the bottom you load your bikes up on a bus and it takes you right back up to the top!

Easy peasy.

This experience is right there on the top of my list of  Spokane memories. I can't tell you how glad I am we did this. If you ever come this way for a visit, add this to your to-do list.
It'll definitely be something you'll never forget!

Visit this website for info and reservations.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Tacoma Museum of Glass

While living on the west side of the state this summer, we tried to see and do as much as possible that we couldn't do in Spokane. On our summer bucket list was to visit the Tacoma Museum of Glass. 

Have you ever seen anyone do glass blowing?

It was so cool! The way they maneuvered and stretched the hot molten glass was awesome. It almost looked like salt water taffy. 

Pulling. Expanding. Lengthening, all in one continual motion. 

I seriously could sit and watch it for hours. It was so calming. Almost therapeutic in a way.

I've gained a great appreciation for glass art. There are no two pieces alike. Each one has individual characteristics that makes it unique and unlike another. 

If you ever get a chance to visit a glass museum you must go!
That was my first visit and definitely not my last. 

Pictures taken by my personal photographer.