Friday, April 18, 2008

April SNOW showers bring...Tulips?

We've heard a lot of talk about the tulip fields north of Seattle. They seem to be some sort of rite to Spring out here in the Northwest. So, with the well-wishes and advice of many coworkers, we decided to drive up to Mt. Vernon aka "Tulip-Land" today. It all started out beautiful-- partly sunny skies, no rain. And then, out of nowhere...SNOW. I've been assured by many locals that snow only occurs once or twice during a Seattle winter, yet there we were, driving in 2 inches of snow on the interstate! It was strange...kind of felt like we were back home in PA! :) Apparently, there is a"convergence zone" north of Seattle that encourages rebel weather like this...I'm glad we decided not to live in that zone! Fortunately, once we left that area, the snow ceased and we were left with a gorgeous day for tulip-looking...

The tulips were beautiful..fields and fields of bright colors waving around in the wind. I felt like I was Alice in Wonderland. :)

On the way home, we once again had the "privilege" of driving through the snow again! And this time, it really looked like a good old "Nor'easter!" It was a little surreal to go from Spring tulips to Winter Wonderland in a matter of minutes...
this definitely takes the cake for our weirdest Seattle weather yet. :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Plenty of Sunshine Heading My Way

Although the weather has dropped back to the 50's this week, last Saturday we enjoyed a beautiful, sunny, warm day at the beach, with temp's in the high 70's! More proof that the sun does, occasionally, make an appearance out here. We had a very relaxing afternoon at the beach -- we had plans of getting some reading done, but you'll see below that the "reading through absorption" method soon took over. ;) It was a very welcome time to rest, relax, and enjoy God's beautiful creation (as you can see in the photo above, the Olympic Mtns were out as well. I can't seem to get enough of them!).

In his defense, he did get some reading done :)

We were at the beach during a very low tide--
it only does this a few times a year, and it was really
fun to wade out 500 feet and only get our feet wet!
This picture was taken about 400 feet out,
but it looks like he's right at the shoreline!

These pictures give a little better perspective of
how far out into the water we could walk (without getting soaked,
which would've been bad since that water was freezing cold!).

Wish you were here! :)