18 November 2013

On a Cool, Somewhat Showery, Autumn Day

This past weekend,
 we received a text from my DIL that our granddaughters were wanting to see us.
Being normal grandparents,
that was all it took to get us in our car and headed their way to pick them up for a trip to the mountains and the sea. 
The forecast that day called for showers,
but since three of us are native born Pacific NW'ers,
and the last one nearly so,
that didn't phase us one bit--
after all, people don't melt from a little rain, do they? LOL
Fortunately though, we ran into VERY little rain--
which was even better!
Our first stop was at a bakery where we devoured some very yummy
cinnamon snails, a mini gallette and more.
Mmm. You probably already know that it is very important to consume carbos
when you're going to be outdoors in the cold and,
as a good grandmother, I made sure the young ones (and I) had an adequate amount.
Such a good grandma I am--LOL
When we got to the mountains, we found them nicely 'decked' out for us--
in fact, they were wearing my favorite outfit,
which I like to call 'mist on the mountain'.
Very, very beautiful!
I understand, on very good authority,
that it's made especially for them by my favorite Designer--
perhaps you know and admire His work too:)
I can hardly wait till He clothes them SOON in some shining white snow
 as I am especially fond of His 'snow on mountain'  designer look!
A stop along the river,
a short walk in the woods,
a climb by three of us (not I) to the top of the fire tower;
lots of time inside looking at the exhibits.
I could live in this place...
this gorgeous, gorgeous forest.
Well I can't because it isn't allowed,
but I would LOVE to!

As you can see, the river level is higher now then it was awhile back
and the current is much more swift.
Some of the places we hiked to this summer are under the water now
and soon the river will be even higher.
More rain=higher river.
More rain=prettier waterfalls.
More rain is a good thing
(even though I do find myself complaining of it often).

In the PNW, we LOVE our moss.
And why you ask do we love it?
Well, for several reasons-
first off, it's green,
and in the midst of winter we crave colors other then gray and brown.
Secondly, it's everywhere--
on the trees, on the ground, on garden art, in the grass, in cracks on walks, on roofs and more.
Yep, we love our moss.

Down the trail view...
MUCH. much  prettier in person:)

In the PNW we also LOVE our ferns
and I think this golden one is quite pretty!
For more golden views
(actually for a lot of amazing forest and mountain photos,
see Linda's blog here.)
You got to LOVE the world of bloggers--
they take you where you are too scared to go--
like to the top of cliffs and mountains :)
Yikes! It is really late and I have tasks to do...
so with that I will say adieu for today with this photo of Tillamook Bay.
Have a wonderful day:)


Linda W. said...

Lovely post! Great that you got to spend some time with your grandkids. Yes, I too love the rain, because it fills rivers, gives us gushing waterfalls, and hopefully will bring MORE SNOW to our mountains!

P.S. Thanks for the blog mention. I'm blushing! :)

aimee said...

Thank you. We had a great time with the young ones and fortunately they like doing outdoor things as much as us. I am SO hoping for snow there too!!! I even heard something about them opening up:)
You are SO very welcome! You have an awesome blog and I really LOVE your photos!

Sam said...

Hi Aimee, thanks for taking us along. As you know, we're up the street a little ways but we love the colors and variety of the vegetation out here as well. But it's late and we're kind of hungry...ah what's for dinner :)?

Betsy said...

Such a gorgeous post today Aimee. You are so blessed to live close to your grandchildren. All of ours will be here next week for Thanksgiving. Yippee!
I Love His handiwork too.

Teresa Kasner said...

What a good grandma you are! I think we need to get out on the open road with our little guys soon. Sometimes I just "need" to get to the ocean.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

aimee said...

You are SO welcome! I wish you truly had been there because my granddaughters, especially the youngest, adores ALL dogs--but I know she would be especially fond of you!
As for dinner--our furry ones dined on their yummy dog food with (most likely if I know my DH a doggie treat too). And the humans? Well we ate turkey cutlets, potatoes au gratin, beets, pudding and (people) cookies. You, as our very honored guest, would be welcome to have either canine or human food--except for the chocolate chip cookies of course:)

Thanks! We have to travel awhile to get to them, but at least they're closer than our grandsons which live in the mountain states.
That is awesome about your grandkids--have a GREAT time together:)
Yep, He is the great ARTIST!

Ah...I think you are a fabulous grandma and know the boys have a great time with you! However, being a lover of the ocean and it's 'magic' (and knowing about the 'need' to visit it), I would always encourage time there.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Beautiful photos, Aimee. I love the beach and coastal range all year long. A little damp weather is no deterrent to enjoying our spectacular coastline.

aimee said...

Totally agree! Thanks so much for answering my question the other day. I will try to swing by one of your suggested stores soon--it sounds yummy:)

SallyO said...

Beautiful! Brings back happy memories of the short time we lived in Oregon when I was growing up! What a fun time for you and your grandchildren.

aimee said...

Good Morning Sally!
Hope things are well with you and your family! So happy to hear you enjoyed the photos and that they brought back some happy memories for you:)

Terri Buster said...

Thanks for taking us along with you on your wonderful day with the grands. Have a great weekend!

aimee said...

You're welcome Terri-thank you for coming along:) Wishing you a blessed weekend also--it's going to be very, very cold here, but sunny.
Blessings, Aimee

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Always love coming here for the reminder of the beautiful PNW. The misty mountain is beautiful. And time with your grandkids is precious in every and any season!!

aimee said...

Thank you so much--I really enjoy sharing scenes from our lovely little part of the world:)
Yep, I am a little in love with my grandkiddos!
Have a great Thanksgiving!

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