IN PHOTOS : A weekend getaway to the Columbia River Gorge

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It was close to sunset when we left our place but made for some beautiful views of Mt Rainier on the way.

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Arriving after dark and Anya’s excitement at staying in a ‘hotel’

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Skamania Lodge on the border of WA and OR states where we were staying. I bought a last minute Groupon for this place and it was a pleasant surprise.

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Next day on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, driving past the Beacon Rock on this chilly day. The rock is a natural formation that was leftover by a volcano.

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On the Historic Columbia River Highway, that has views quite a few waterfalls, we stopped by really quick at the Latourell Falls. It was so cold and icy, specially for this area.

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The beautiful scenic highway

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And the famous Multnomah Falls. I have only seen photos of it in summer and so this semi-frozen version was very different from the image in my head.

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Driving up to the Vista House for some gorgeous views of the area. It was crazy windy here, so we didn’t even get Anya out of the car and slipped out only to take some photos ourselves. Gorgeous though.

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On the way back to the lodge that night, passing by the snow touched mountains and the views of the many frozen waterfalls and the city lights at dusk. I love how moody dusk time photos look.

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Hanging out by the fireplace that night sipping our apple cider and hot cocoa, with Anya inventing her own games with Tumbling Towers and us talking about random things. (Those little bunny slippers my mom bought for her last winters in Pakistan)

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Woke up early the next morning for some me-time with a view.

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Next morning we woke up to some snow and checked out from the lodge as snowflakes fell all around us.

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On the way back there was snow all along until we reached close to our home to Anya’s sadness

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ALSO: REMINISCING OF ROAD TRIP MEMORIES // PHOTO STORIES FROM AROUND SEATTLE // PHOTO STORY OF THIS ROAD TRIP FROM LAST YEAR // PHOTO STORIES FROM AROUND PAKISTAN FROM OUR VARIOUS VISITS

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Around Seattle: Ebey’s Landing in Whidbey’s Island

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Photos from a quick stop at Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island, WA last month.

The first national park to incorporate privately held property, Ebey’s Landing encompasses 17,500 acres of homes, farms, and businesses still operating in stately buildings that date to the mid-1800s. Ebey’s Landing is named for Isaac Ebey, the first European-American to purchase land on Whidbey Island and is a national historical reserve which aims to preserve a rural community which provides a historical record of Pacific Northwest history.

More photo stories from Around Seattle here.

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Around Seattle: Leavenworth, WA

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Photos from one of our trips to a local favorite, Leavenworth, WA. Since the 1960’s when the leaders of their community decided to change Leavenworth’s appearance in a last chance to save it from extinction after an economic collapse, the town has become a pillar of the tourism industry in the Pacific Northwest. Using the beautiful backdrop of the surrounding Alpine hills to their advantage, the town agreed to remodel itself in the form of a Bavarian village,  Today, close to two million tourists come to Leavenworth each year, each visitor finding their own individual love affair with the community. The story is a landmark case of human spirit: The people of Leavenworth not only survived their most critical hour, they endured.

Read more history here. and go here to see what else this town has to offer

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More AROUND SEATTLE photo stories via my previous blog.

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AROUND SEATTLE: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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Photos from our recent visit to the Roozengaarde at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Officially inaugurated in 1984 the Skagit Valley Tulip festival grew from humble beginnings and is now one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest for Spring. It runs through the month of April in Mt Vernon, WA and thousands of people come to enjoy this celebration of spring. The festival is designed like a driving tour with tulip fields scattered all through the valley but a favorite spot is the Roozengarde.

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IN PICTURES: Road Trip to the Bay area

Glimpses from our road trip to the bay area back in February. My husband had some time off before his new job started and we decided to finally make this trip. Here is a glimpse.

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The journey began through some stormy rains.

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to sunbreaks near Portland, OR

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And driving underneath the starriest of skies on I-5 south as the sun went down.

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It was Anya’s birthday and we had a little family celebration when we stopped for the night at Medford, OR. More about her birthday here.

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Enjoying the views of Mount Shasta as we entered the state of California on a beautiful sunshine filled day. Anya spent her time watching her favorite A Bug’s Life as I read The Five Love Languages of Children.

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The rolling hills of Northern California were just beautiful and we entered the bay area with the evening commute as the sun went down.

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Reached our friends’ house where Anya and her girls quickly became the best of friends. My friend makes the most amazing finger licking good food and the menu all three days that we stayed with them was fabulous!

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Driving up to Vista Point the next day for a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge and then walking through the streets of Sausalito as the sun went down before we headed to San Francisco for dinner. Also it was so nostalgic to spend time with my old friend from university. Her family, and the friends we were staying with have become good friends themselves. It really is a small world!

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Anya found a new best friend who she can’t stop talking about even now. They spent hours playing on their own and leaving the house for anywhere was a challenge.

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Trip back home begins.

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Reaching Fort Bragg, CA as we took the longer route to enjoy some of Highway 1.

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Stopping at the various gorgeous beaches north of Fort Bragg, CA. Loved the sign above that read ‘Take only photographs. Leave only footprints.’ that my husband pointed me towards as I collected pieces of driftwood and some seashells.

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The breathtakingly beautiful drive south on Highway 1, as the road came dangerously close to the pacific ocean and then swerved away into the Redwood Forest areas. The golden hour made the drive even more beautiful and photos can’t really do justice. 

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Staying overnight at Eureka, CA. And driving by some of the Victorian houses including the famous Carson Mansion next morning before we started our journey back.

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Stopping by near Crescent City, CA for a quick little bit.

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Driving through the Redwoods again, even though we were not able to take detours for the drive-through trees. Nevertheless it was beautiful! We reached home that same night after driving for almost 10+ hours that day alone.

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