Archive for the ‘Puget Sound’ Category

SEMIAHMOO

August 13, 2016

Semiahmoo.  What an unusual name.  Not in the Northwest!  About two hours north of Seattle and a half an hour south of Vancouver is Semiahmoo.  Nestled on a peninsula between Semiahmoo Bay on the Samish Sea to the west and Drayton Bay on the east, Semiahmoo is tranquil, quiet and beautiful. The water is cold and the beach is a restful place to walk or read or just meditate and admire the beauty. There is golf, swimming, tennis, trails for hiking and walking – just about whatever activity you want.  Walk next to the water along the Coast Millennium Trail, with views of both bays. And there is fishing! With views galore, siting on one of the large sea logs on the beaches is the perfect spot.  Too chilly?  Sit by the roaring fire or roast s’mores in the outdoor fire pit.  This area was originally inhabited by the Semiahmoo Indians.  It was visited by the Spanish and British explorers and the United States Navy in the early 1800s, but it was not until the Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858 that settlers came to the area. In 1870 the nearby town of Blaine was founded and became known for its canneries.  The word semiahmoo means half moon or water all around and that is exactly what Semiahmoo looks like.     http://www.powerhiking.comIMG_9735IMG_9710IMG_9717IMG_9688

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MEMORIAL DAY

May 30, 2016

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THE BIRDS ARE BACK IN TOWN

January 15, 2016

The herring are running in San Francisco Bay and somehow the birds know.  Nature is amazing! On this beautiful winter day, hundreds and hundreds of birds are circling the water and feeding.  There are flocks of ducks of all different variety and color, flocks of geese, pelicans so full they can barely sit upright or fly, and sea gulls.  They are everywhere – in the air, sunning themselves on the rocks and shoreline, floating in the gentle waves – but always eating.  And frolicking among the birds are the many seals and sea lions -eating, gliding and barking happily.  What a wonderful sight!                                                                www.powerhiking.comBirds 1:15Birds 3 1:15Birds 2 1:15

WOW! NEW YORK CITY

November 21, 2015

What an amazing sight – the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center!  Yes, the holidays are coming and New York City is getting ready.  A tradition for years is the Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony.  It is a world wide symbol of the holiday season and people come to see it from all over the world.  Once lit, it holds court above the ice rink and draws thousands to see it and ice skate.  This year the tree will be lit on December 2nd  and there will be live entertainment above the ice rink and by the tree from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  What a fun and festive way to spend the evening!  Photo is waiting for the tree……                                                  www.powerhiking.comRockefeller Center-1

BEAUTIFUL DAY!

November 16, 2015

Crisp, cool and clear, the sky is a dazzling blue and the Bay sparkles.  What a beautiful day in San Francisco.  Wind and rain has cleaned the air and the views are amazing.  Schools of fish are running and flocks of birds frolick happily on the water trying to get them.  What a day to enjoy!                          www.powerhiking.combirds

GEESE IN TIBURON???

October 17, 2015

Geese visited Tiburon for their morning feast.  Stooping traffic while crossing the street they enjoyed a feast by the water.  What a sight!  www.powerhiking.comGeese 2

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PUMPKINS AT HALF MOON BAY

October 3, 2015

Nestled along some of the most scenic beaches on the magnificent California coastline, is the tranquil city of Half Moon Bay.  Scenic and peaceful, walkers, runners and bikers enjoy the coastal trail.  Sunsets are awe inspiring. Sightseers wander the shops of historic Main Street visiting the cafes and restaurants. In a few days thousands of visitors will descend on this peaceful location for the world famous annual Pumpkin Festival – food, fun, arts and crafts and pumpkins. There are pumpkin patches everywhere and visitors are in search of the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkins decorate the streets, shops and cafes. Even the historic hotel on Main Street is painted orange!

The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival – a fun event to enjoy.

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PILGRIMAGE TO MAVERICKS

September 30, 2015

Home to monster off shore waves and world class surfing contests, there is a draw to visit Mavericks for surfers as well as beach wanderers.  The world’s best surfers come at a moment’s notice to surf Mavericks when the waves are right, but today it is enjoyed only by a flock of pelicans.  www.powerhiking.comMAVERICKS

VIVA WIMBLEDON!

June 30, 2014

The soccer world is watching Brazil.  The tennis world is watching England.  While the excitement of the games and matches continues, television shows us the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro – Copacabana and Ipanema.  We take the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain and we view the magnificent giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Carcovado Mountain.  In England we visit the  quaint village of Wimbledon as well as views back in London of Big Ben, The River Thames and the amazing London Eye.  Does it make you want to travel?  It sure does!

SUNSET IN SEATTLE

June 4, 2014

There are few things more dramatic and more beautiful than the sun setting over Puget Sound and the sky ablaze with glorious color. Seattle is the place to be this summer.  SEAFAIR is the first part of August and it is the perfect time to experience the traditional spirit of the Northwest.  Enjoy the sun, music and water as the Blue Angels soar in the skies and hydroplanes dash across Lake Washington.  The fleet comes in and everyone takes to their boat or a local ferry. You can visit the beautiful Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island or wander Azalea Trail or Rhododendron Glen in the Washington Arboretum.  Visit the Japanese Tea Garden, Pioneer Square, the Chittenden Lochs, or relax on a ferry boat tour of the lakes.  Do not miss Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum or the top of the Space Needle.  There is so much to see, do and enjoy in Seattle!  Let PowerHiking Seattle help you plan your trip. http://www.powerhiking.com

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