Memorial Day-They gave their Last Full Measure of Devotion

Memorial Day-They gave their Last Full Measure of Devotion

This Memorial Day Weekend, do not lose sight of the reason behind the holiday.  We remember our fallen members of the US Military, who gave their lives so we might live in Liberty, Peace, and Prosperity.  These brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen died in service to you, the American People, and it is incumbent upon us to remember them all year round, not just on this Memorial Day.

VietNam Memorial

We visited Washington DC in 2012, and I found myself in tears, standing before the incredibly moving VietNam Memorial.  Such a simple monument, black granite inscribed with the names of all who perished in that benighted conflict.  Many returning soldiers found themselves scorned, shunned, and even spit-upon by ungrateful citizens.  Even the politicians who supposedly represented us slandered them before Congress.

This weekend, please remember all those who died fighting for YOUR liberty, and thank the next military member or veteran you meet.

Weekly Photo Challenge:(Missing) Face

This lady is around 500 years old, and it is unknown how she lost her face.  She is carved in two pieces, and you can see the depression where the peg that held her head and face went.  She represents Agriculture, and she was harvesting grain from her family’s fields, to feed her family, and perhaps sell to the local brewer to make ale.

Agriculture, pew carving, Blytheborough Church


My Beautiful Pacific Northwest

I was born and raised in Seattle.  I have lived all but 2-1/2 years in the Seattle area.  We have the world’s best climate.  Temperate with a Capital T.  No scorching hot summers or frigid winters.  The Seattle area has the highest concentration of dentists in the US.  Why? The University of Washington has a world-class dental school, which attracts students from all over the world.  And when they are done with their schooling, they don’t want to leave the Pacific Northwest, so they set up shop here.  Within a square mile of my house, there must be 50 dentists’ offices.

The Pacific Northwest has such a variety of terrain, there is something for just about anyone.  There are three National Parks within a two-hour drive of anywhere (Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades), and dozens of state parks.  The Cascade and Olympic Mountains offer skiing and other winter sports.  Puget Sound and Lakes Washington and Sammamish offer room for boating, water-skiing, and whatever else you do on the water.  There are lakes in Eastern Washington, too, famous for fishing (Lake Wenatchee, Pearrygin Lake).  Our rivers offer fly-fishing and river-rafting opportunities for much of the year.

Due to the mild climate, we don’t have much in the way of dangerous wildlife.  No poisonous snakes, no killer bees.  There is an abundance of bird life, and bald eagle sightings are frequent.  The Audubon Society has many active chapters all over the Pacific Northwest.  We have excellent wildlife sanctuaries where you can observe the birds and animals.

Herewith, a taste of my Beautiful Pacific Northwest.

From the Mountains

Cascade Mountains
Cascade Mountains, WA


Mount Rainier
North Cascades
Liberty Bell Mountain
North Cascades
Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound

To the Prairies:

Winding Road
Winding Road-Eastern Washington State
Dust devil, wheat field in Eastern Washington

To the Rivers:

Yakima River
Wenatchee River
Wenatchee River, west of Leavenworth, WA, looking East
Skagit River near Marblemount
Deschutes River, Tumwater Falls Park
The Mighty Columbia behind Grand Coulee Dam

To the Oceans:

Meadowdale Beach Park
Meadowdale Beach Park, on Puget Sound
Strait of Juan de Fuca-Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Deception Pass, looking East of Deception Pass Bridge
Deception Pass
San Juan Islands

And…My Own Back Yard

Backyard May, 2013
Backyard, May 11, 2013, with rhododendron in full bloom

Welcome to my Beautiful Pacific Northwest


Weekly Photo Challenge Earth

Magnificent Earth.  Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.  The view from Rainbow Point shows the beautiful red-rock cliffs, sculpted over millennia by wind and water.



Bryce Canyon, from Rainbow Point

I’ve been getting such nice comments, here’s a fellow who greeted us at another of the overlooks at Bryce.