January, 2011 Archives

I hadn’t been apple picking since high school, and Darek had never been, so apple picking was a major priority on our trip. We went to Lyman Orchards, just like in the old days when my family lived in Connecticut. The weather was amazing and the apples were like magic.

For the past several years I’ve been wanting to take a road trip up to New England in the Fall to see the foliage and visit all of our amazingly wonderful friends that still live up there. I spent the first 7 years of my life in Massachusetts and lived in Connecticut for most of my high school years and I hadn’t seen a New England Autumn since 1996. Since fall is a busy time for my photography business, I just haven’t been able to make the trip even though I desperately wanted to. But this year we said “screw it; we’re going.”

And we did.

It was a whirlwind trip because Darek ended up starting a new job right before our trip and he couldn’t take off as much time as we had planned. So instead of driving, we flew, which I hate, and we only had a couple of days up there. But, we did go, and it was totally awesome.

We visited my friend Jaime and her son Michael in Connecticut first. One thing I really wanted to do was go apple picking, so we all went to Lyman Orchards, where we used to go when I was in high school. But first we went through the corn maze there.

Proof that we bought tickets:

CORN! Just to warn you, I may have gotten a little carried away with photos of the corn…

But it looked so cool!

Jaime & Michael:

Close up!

Darek loves to have his photo taken. Just don’t get your hopes up for a “normal” smile or anything:

A rare photo of the two of us:

Jaime and Slouchy Stacie…geez:

Corn with foliage in the background! And check out that blue sky:

Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the corn…groan, how corny is that? HA HA HA:

Yes, I’m a city girl. I find corn exciting:

And strangely beautiful:

We tried to explain this to Michael, but no one really knew where to begin:

Trying to find our way out of the maze:

We did it!

We survived the maze:

Darek takes a minute to mourn those who did not:

In the pumpkin patch:

Seriously, life just doesn’t get much more exciting that corn mazes, amiright?

Even after all the times I’ve been up to the Seattle area, I can’t get over how beautiful it is.

The first few photos were taken at Discovery Park:

The rest are from the Botanic Gardens, which I love:

On our last day in Washington, Crispy had to do some all-day school thing so Kathleen and I scoured the internet to find something cool to do. Luckily it’s super easy to find cool things to do up there. Our main activity of the day was checking out the Ballard Locks (officially named the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks). The Puget Sound is salt water and the lakes are freshwater, and the Locks give boats a way to go between them.

This boat is coming from a lake to the Sound and sits in a little holding area type of thing:

Here’s the “before:”

And the “after:”

The photos aren’t great, but you can see how the boat went from high to low as they let the water out. This way the level of the water can be controlled and boats can go from salt to fresh water and back again safely.

Then we checked out the fish ladder. Love this sign:

Some reading information for you (it’s actually very interesting):

This is where the fishies come out (we didn’t see any the day we were there):

This is the ladder that the salmon eventually swim up. The guys said that they had only gotten one that day, and we didn’t actually get to see any fish using the ladder. Still cool though:

The observation area below the ladder where you can see the salmon swimming against the current:

Fish eggs! Ew…

They look so determined don’t they:

We spent awhile trying to get photos of the fish jumping up out of the water. We saw quite a few but this was the best photo I got:

It really was entertaining for quite a long time. Much longer than most people would have spent there.


Really liked this boat:

If you’re ever up in the Seattle area, I’d highly recommend checking out the Locks. It was educational, informative, and interesting. There were also some gardens around that we didn’t have time to really check out, but it looked like a great place to bring a picnic and spend a day or an afternoon.

There are some photos that are hard to categorize. They mainly fall into the “hanging out” category and may or may not have been taken at the same time as others posted. So I decided to make them a group.

This is the view of the sunset from my sister Lera’s balcony in Kirkland one night:

And here’s AJ throwing Lera around:

Crispy’s mean cat, Emma (can’t  you just see the I-want-to-kill-you Look in her eyes?):

Crispy made this really good Thai chicken pizza for dinner one night. YUM:

We were waiting for Crispy to finish a phone call so I took pictures of Kathleen:

Mmmm martini bar….

From one of those super fancy cupcake stores:

There are apparently only 2 no-no’s at this swimming area, and the second one is almost funny but probably isn’t:

Baby ducks!

I almost made the news that night, because a couple of kids were throwing rocks at the baby ducks and I almost turned and threw rocks at the kids. WHAT is wrong with parents????

But I restrained myself.