Archive for the ‘Washington’ Category

San Francisco Waterfront

March 17, 2017

Exciting news on the San Francisco waterfront.  Pier 29 has received the OK for the development of retail shops and hopefully a recreational area as well.  This pier has been vacant and unused for years and is a another step in the revitalization and beautification of the San Francisco waterfront area.  There will be shops – most selling homemade San Francisco goods – a wine bar, a coffee roastery, and a craft beer brewery.  We are looking forward to a wonderful addition to this exciting and beautiful area.

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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

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

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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FABULOUS FORREST LODGE

June 2, 2014

On the highway leading to Mt. Hood and nestled on acres of tall trees near Rhododendron, Oregon, sits Forrest Lodge.  What a find and what an absolutely fabulous spot to get away and relax and enjoy!  Nearby you will find skiing and winter sports in the winter and swimming, boating, wind surfing and all different water sports on the nearby Columbia River in summer.  Hiking Trails abound and golf is not far.  There are wineries for wine tasting and spectacular sightseeing along the magnificent scenic Columbia Gorge.  Take in Multnomah Falls or the Bonneville Lock and Dam and Fish Ladder. Or just relax among the trees and wander the Wildflower or Forrest Trails.  You will love Forrest Lodge!  powerhiking@gmail.com for contact information.Trees Forrest LodgeForrest LodgeForrest Trail Forrest LodgeWildflower Trail Forrest LodgeTotem Forrest Lodge

TIBURON CELEBRATES!

May 31, 2014

ParadiseAk Row50MainStreetNestled on the edge of San Francisco Bay, the quaint and scenic town of Tiburon is celebrating its 50th birthday.  Originally a railroad town, the downtown waterfront is the old railroad yard and the Railroad Museum is open tonight.  The trains came down from the north and individual cars were loaded onto ferries to take them to San Francisco.  No longer functional, the railroad yard has been converted to a beautiful waterfront park.  This, as well as Main Street, is the location of tonight’s celebration.  There are bands playing to celebrate the 50th birthday and food trucks as well as games for the children.  Nestled on the edge of the bay, the waterfront is the perfect spot to view the celebritory fireworks. What a wonderful evening for the town of Tiburon – now 50 years old!

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