Alpental Valley


This is the Alpental valley, seen from the saddle between Guye Peak and Cave Ridge.  There was a strong temperature inversion this day, so that it was quite cold indeed down in the fog of the parking lot, and much warmer here up the hill.

BNSF Locomotive - Foss River Bridge


BNSF 7953 is a V16 645E3 diesel-electric locomotive developing 3000hp.  It's seen here in the BNSF "Heritage" livery, leading a train westwards down the valley of Highway 2.  It's on the approach to the Foss River Bridge, an impressive structure from 1909.

Pratt Mountain


Pratt Mountain, at 5099ft, is not the tallest peak around, but it's prominent from the east and north.  It's the face that dominates the view from this direction.

I had a good day out, but others were not so lucky.  I exchanged hellos with the victim departing the trailhead, and then at the end of my day, saw the other two of his party waiting back at the parking lot.

Hotel Vancouver


The Hotel Vancouver is the westernmost property of CN Hotels, and is now operated by Fairmont.  Peeking to the left of it is the art gallery, and then what was the Eaton's building.  It now houses both a Nordstrom store and a development office of Microsoft.

Christmas Tree


This year's Christmas Tree was personally harvested from the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, from the Lake 22 trailhead.  I believe it's a silver fir.

Magnuson Fall Walk


One of the last few days of crunchy leaves and dry ground was spent circumnavigating Magnuson Park.  This is trail along its south edge.

St. Patrick's Bridge, Calgary


The flooding Calgary experienced in 2013 hampered construction of this attractive bridge, and the recently-poured concrete deck had to be replaced.  The arches (fabricated in Quebec) and foundations withstood the flooding per their design.

It's hard to see how $25M went into the construction, given that it is a pedestrian bridge, but it sure is pretty.

Point Pelee


Point Pelee stretches into Lake Erie and is the southernmost point of Canada that you can walk to.  (Pelee Island, and Middle Island beyond that, make up the southernmost parts of the country). The sand of the point itself shifts from year to year depending on the level of the lake and the way the currents choose to swirl.

Wurlitzer Building


It wasn't quite sold along with a coffee, but the Wurlitzer Building was sold for perhaps $1.1M (or $1.4M, depending on who you believe) in May of this year.  Plans are to turn it into a luxury hotel.

Good luck to the buyer!  There was no evidence of any renovation at all in October.

Heildelberg Project, Detroit


The Heidelberg Project limps on, while Detroit continues to decline.  Many of the houses that had striking and original decorations have burned down since my last visit.

Backlit Fir


A backlit fir guards the trail on the way to Guye Peak, on a separate outing than the last.  I was scouting possible snowshoeing routes, and gaining familiarity with the terrain.

Guye Peak from Snoqualmie Mountain


Guye Peak is the knob in the center; Commonwealth Basin stretches out to the left (east) of it.  Cave Ridge between this vantage point leading up to Snoqualmie Mountain and the saddle separating Commonwealth Basin and Alpental.

Maple Leaves Turning


Now, fall is underway.  Trees that haven't gotten enough water are the first to turn.  This maple is very yellow, while others around it still have useful green leaves.

Golden Gardens


Summer isn't quite over.  Plenty of folks are enjoying a weekday evening at Golden Gardens, facing the Olympics across Puget Sound.

Huskies vs California


I've spent a number of years living near the University of Washington, but only just now have attended a Huskies game.  The weather was lovely, and the crowd lively.