Sunday, May 26, 2013

Spring summit of Mt. St. Helens

On Mother's Day weekend, we joined in the tradition of throwing on some dresses and climbing Mt. St. Helens!

 the crew

Craig and me about 2/3 of the way to the top with Adams in the background.

Looking out at the surrounding views

Stopping for lunch

Craig and Mt. Adams.

 We made Mother's Day signs near the summit!

Looking into the crater

Looking into the crater

The ski decent

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dabob Shrimping

After work last weekend, we drove up to Washington's Puget Sound to visit friends for a shrimping trip. The family of our friend, Cam, has a large yurt overlooking Hood Canal, providing the perfect location for a weekend full of fun, friends, and fresh-caught shrimp! Such a hilarious weekend!

The view from the yurt.

Hood Canal with the peak, Brothers, in the background.

Some of our crew coming to shore after dropping the first of the shrimp pots in the morning. Shrimping is only allowed several times a year and when it does, the waters are filled with boaters dropping ship pots and hoping for the best. It can become quite a frantic scene!

Tommy bringing up one of the pots a few hours later.

Some of the day's catch!

More shrimp pots.

Kate catches the winnings in a bucket.

Craig's turn to dump the shrimp.

Shrimp heads! You can see Chris removing the heads in the background.

Lovely Lena enjoying the action.


Cam readying the pots.

While waiting for the pots to fill with shrimp, many of us spent time on the cobble beaches and enjoying the view.

The crew gets ready for a feast!

On the final day, we kicked back and headed to the beach!

Cam speeding across the waters.