The Path of Totality

It may be the start of a new weekend, but I want to do a quick scenes from the weekend before it’s obsolete!
Well, we can’t win’em all, so this is our camping/eclipse recap. Check in tomorrow for the most recent weekend recap.

Last weekend at the crack of dawn (9am) we set out on our Seattle to McMinnville expedition to view the total solar eclipse, or as marketed at the local Fred Meyer “The Great American Solar Eclipse”.

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Despite warnings from WSDOT and ODOT, the traffic to Oregon was seemingly better than an average Saturday on I5 South. Any car ride longer than 3 hours feels like eternity and in my eyes requires multiple stops to break up the drive, so once we hit Portland we grabbed lunch and rested. A few hundred dollars and bag full of new clothes later, we drove to the local river, pumped up our inflatable paddleboards and cruised along the Tualatin river.

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After a good hour of slow paddling, we rolled up the boards and finished the drive home only to eat dinner and crash from a long day.

Sunday included winetasting under sunny skies and fighting off yellow jackets with forks. The men in our lives are fearless when it comes to these pests, hand them a fork and the bees won’t stand a chance.

Going into the eclipse I was excited about the event, but felt like I would have been content seeing a 95% eclipse. After experiencing a total eclipse I’d advocate for all to take the time to see a total eclipse if they have the time/resources. The change in temperature, the chirping crickets, and the birds that went silent completed the entire experience and something only those at 100% totality will experience.

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If you missed the eclipse this time around, hopefully you can make the trek to Texas and witness the next event.

In an effort to avoid the eclipse return traffic, we planned to camp for a night in Astoria at Fort Stevens State Park.  This state park offers almost 500 varying campsites ranging from yurt, RV, and tent sites; we managed to secure the last spot at the state park, I think it’s time to buy a lottery ticket- talk about lucky!

We “baked” cinnamon the next morning in an orange rind on our camping stove. Everything tastes better when cooked outside, but these cinnamon rolls would crush the competition at your favorite breakfast spot.

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Check out this glaze!

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We barely explored the sites of the park, but managed to walk the old fort just off the water and drive to the beach to see the old shipwreck. If we ever make it back to this campground we’ll have to bring bikes or borrow a set of cruisers to bike the trails.

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It shaped up to be a full weekend and my only night in a tent this summer! The PNW realistically has 1 full month of summer left, so I’ll need to make an effort for one more weekend of camping.

 

Cheers to a new week!

 

 

 

Weekend Recap

Whoop, there it is!
Last week was one of those weeks that started slow and then Friday hit like a pie in the face.
I started a new role within my company that requires an entirely different set of skills than previously used on my old team, so the Friday afternoon sunshine was welcomed.

Whoop, there it is!

Last week was one of those weeks that started slow and then Friday hit like a pie in the face.

I started a new role within my company that requires an entirely different set of skills than previously used on my old team, so the Friday afternoon sunshine was welcomed.

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Myself and three friends decided to bike part of the Burke-Gilman Trail after work. A 27 mile paved trail that runs from the Ballard’s Golden Garden’s to the eastside ,around Lake Washington and ending at Marymoor Park. It can be biked as a loop, but with limited daylight after a workday we opted to turnaround before sunset. We still managed to hit 23 miles, solid mileage for the flat easy ride.

My favorite part of this ride (aside from the fact it has minimal elevation gain) are the pitstops along the route! Two of us turned around early to beat the sun and take advantage of a taco truck and beer/ciders.

This place was doggo heaven! Doodles, pugs, and pitbulls clearly loved all the attention  they received from all at the brewery. The downfall of these outdoor breweries is the amount of dogs they attract, I always want to walk away with a dog! I’ll settle for playing fetch with strangers pets for now…

We each scarfed down our $2.00(!!) taco and geared up to attempt to outride the sun. My only regret was chugging the last bit of cider before booking it on our bikes, next time we’ll allow for more digestion time…

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We made it just 2.2miles out from our end point when we decided it was necessary to pullover for one last drink at an outdoor fire pit. Over crispy french fries we watched as the sun faded away into the night sky, a perfect way to round out a topsy-turvy week.

I will say, it’s time for some padded bike shorts if I go on any more rides for 20+ miles. Bike butt is a thing. OUCH.

Saturday

I’m excited to share more about the volunteer program i’ll be a part of for the next few months, Solid Ground’s Cooking Matters, but more on this in a later post!

Sunday

Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum rebranded as MoPOP! The name reflects the entire identity of the museum, all pop culture, instead of exclusively curating exhibits to music history.

Rube Goldberg, cartoonist and inventor, was the temporary exhibit we were most excited to experience. If you’ve ever watched Wallace and Gromit or The Three Stooges you’ve been exposed to Goldberg’s work. Think: a bowling ball running down tracks, it shut a door that pulls a lever, and ultimately toasts bread. If you get the chance to view a Goldberg exhibit I highly recommend taking the time to view his work!

The rest of the weekend included catching up on chores, tap class, and needed downtime.

It’s shaping up to be a crazy week, here we go!

How often do you go out on bike rides or are you a serious cyclist?

What do you think about taco trucks, yay or nay?