washington state

Chuckanut Drive

Seattle almost tops the list of cloudiest large cities in the United States. The number of sunny days are limited to less than a 100 in an year. And when we have one of those precious sunny day falling on a weekend we would not miss a chance to head outdoors.

So on a beautiful sunny Saturday in early May we decided to take this drive. Chuckanut Drive is about 75 miles north of Seattle. It is a 21 miles scenic route with views of farmlands, lakes, mountains and beaches.

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We started our journey and drove through the lush farmlands, in and out of the towns of Allen & Bow. The views were pleasing and the surroundings looked gorgeous.

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The views of the farmlands and the mountains behind were adding a charm to the place.

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The drive then continued on the rock shoulder of the Chuckanut Mountains. We spotted many water gliders in the Samish Bay. They were enjoying their sunny day.

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There were railway tracks close to the Samish Bay enhancing the impression of it being an old time scenic highway.

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There were many pullouts along the drive and we enjoyed the views of the Samish Bay.

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In the distant we could overlook the breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands.

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We enjoyed the views on the way and reached Larrabee State Park. This park features freshwater lakes, coves and tidelands. It provides camping facilities and all the camp sites were booked that weekend.

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There are few hikes around the area and we went on to hike Fragrance Lake. It was about 5 miles round feet and 1100 feet elevation gain. The lake was small and beautiful and there were people actually swimming in the lake.

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We spent our afternoon at the beach access area of Larrabee State Park.

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We had packed our picnic lunch and we enjoyed it there. People were relaxing on the small beach and kids were playing around.

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The drive continued all the way to the 1880’s brick town of Fairhaven.

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The town still has many old and historic buildings providing a unique setting to the place.

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Built during the second boom era of Fairhaven, the Nelson Block, trimmed with Chuckanut sandstone, served as a bank for over 30 years until the second Depression forced it out of business.

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We strolled through the town and witnessed a beautiful sunset at the Marine Park.

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Another shot captured with a long exposure.

We had our dinner at a cozy Thai restaurant in the area with live music. We headed home with images of a lovely day. It was a nice relaxing drive and we enjoyed the beautiful water views of the Pacific Northwest.

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Perspective

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On our recent visit to Lake Sammamish State Park this tap drew our attention. We enjoyed the beautiful flowers surrounding it and the dry leaves beneath it.
These captures are shared here for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

Sharing again for Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

 

Tacoma Art Museum

Today I would like to share the art galleries at Tacoma Art Museum. We visited this museum last fall. Though I am not an art lover we still decided to visit this museum. It was a rainy weekend and we had to do some activity and head outdoors.

We drove to Tacoma and pulled in at the parking lot at the base of the museum. There are different galleries in the museum and we bought our tickets and started to explore. They allow photography without using flash.

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As we walked towards the galleries this bison painting on the wall attracted my attention. There is a saddle next to it to sit and click pictures with the bison. I got one mine too.

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There are huge glass balls at one side of the passage.

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This huge dog is placed at the entrance of one of the galleries. It is made out of cardboard and some kind of nails.

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Art at display

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This painting is titled as ‘Spanish Couple.’ More details about the art and artist is shared.

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Another art creation

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Stone Lithography; cut paper sculpture by artist ‘Tyna Ontko’.

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Woodcut print on paper with graphite, ink, chalk and collaged cut paper by artist ‘Bryan Putnam.’

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The museum had few impressive pieces of jewellery. Seed beads and pewter by artist ‘Joyce J. Scott

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The museum also holds Dale Chihuly’s exhibit as he hails from Tacoma. Chihuly is well known here for his unique art with blown glass.

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Carmine and White Flower Set by artist Dale Chihuly.

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His art is featured in their permanent collection.

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More of Chihuly’s art.

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This was perhaps the best gallery at the museum.

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We moved towards the modern art gallery.

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The museum has a cafe and a store. The view from the top floor is beautiful. As this is located in Tacoma downtown we could have a glance of the Union Station from the glass window.

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The rain had stopped and the Museum of Glass and Mt. Rainier was visible in the distant. Overall it is a nice museum with wide array of art.

Tulip Festival

Last weekend we visited the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. This is a spring Tulip Festival near Mt. Vernon and is held annually, April 1 to April 30. This festival claims to be Washington’s largest, with over one million visitors each year.

We drove for about 1.5 hours to the festival venue to catch a glimpse of the wonderful tulips. There are many fields in the area and we visited RoozenGaarde. The place gets crowded later in the afternoon so we reached there early. The day was cloudy and slightly windy.

There were many wonderful colors of tulips with beautiful color combinations. We clicked lots of pictures and I found it difficult to select which ones to post as the tulips looked lovely in all. Hope you enjoy the virtual tour presented here.

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This is a 3.5 acre display garden featuring authentic Dutch windmill.

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Beautiful place to click pictures with family.

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Fileds of Daffodils

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Fields of tulips with variety of colors.

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Seems like a painting of a beautiful scenery.

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Loved taking this shot.

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Walking around the rows of different colors of tulips.

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Endless fields of tulips.

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Yellow tulips were yet to be on their full bloom.

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The show garden displayed the specialty tulips and different varieties.

The show garden displayed the specialty tulips and different varieties.

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Fiery little tulips

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Charming statue of the little girl among the flowers.

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Morning dew on the fresh tulips.

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Tulips shaped windmill outside the gift shop.

The fields were colorful and we thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the different varieties of tulips. Let me know your favorite picture here.

This post also marks the 100th post on my blog and it feels awesome. I would like to thank all of you wonderful people who have motivated me along this journey. Cheers to All! 🙂