We just got back from our 5th Annual Cousins Camping! We had a great time — spent the weekend at Penrose Point State Park, which is on Mayo Cove and Carr Inlet (Puget Sound), west of Gig Harbor, but on the next peninsula over. It was all of our first time visiting the park — and it’s definitely one Jay and I will be returning to in the future. Nice beaches, great walking trails, beautiful old growth trees, and an easy drive from Seattle.
We had a large turnout again: 17 adults and 9 children! Yea!
I just posted a photoset to Flickr with a selection of photos that I took. Unfortunately because of some people’s comings and goings, we didn’t get a group photo this year, and I wasn’t super diligent about bringing my camera with me, or getting a photo of everyone, but this gives you a feeling for the weekend.
View photos on Flickr.
Before I get way, way behind, I wanted to post something about our camping trip we took in June to Cape Disappointment State Park. It’s at the very south tip of the Washington Coast, right on the Pacific Ocean / Columbia River junction. Jay and I spent two nights there (too short!) in one of their cabins and had a great time exploring the park and the many beautiful hiking trails. It’s the area where Lewis & Clarke “found” the Pacific Ocean, so there’s all sorts of historic information, including a museum / interpretive center.
I’ve posted a more full set of photos here.
On Sunday, since Mary was out of town basking in the Hawaiian sun, we celebrated mother’s day with Jen, John, and Colin. Seattle gave us one of those ‘oh so beautiful’ days, where you forget about the grey and clouds and soak up the vitamin d. We went out to Discovery Park and had a picnic, then hiked down to the beach. Here are a couple photos from the day:
If the photos look a little fuzzy, they’re supposed to be that way! I took them with my plastic Diana lens with my SLR camera–my new favorite camera set-up. I’ve been posting a lot of photos recently at my photography website (www.anastasiafuller.com) taken with this lens. I’m really loving it, and loving experimenting with it.
On our recent trip to Palm Springs, we visited Tahquitz Canyon, just at the end of Palm Springs. Tahquitz Canyonis owned by the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians and there’s a couple mile hike you can take through the rocks and desert landscape. We (Jay, Lee, & Sachi) hiked to the 60 foot waterfall – and it was a coolish day for April in the desert, but still hot! More photos from the Coachella festival coming soon….
Here are some photos from the hike: