Tuesday, April 30, 2013

the seattle great wheel

While we were in Seattle, we made our way down to the Great Wheel, a giant new ferris wheel on the pier downtown.  It was terrifying the first time around, and then mellow the next three times.  It was completely dark by the time we got on, so the majority of what we could see was the Seattle skyline and a few ferry boats going down the Sound.  It would be great to ride it on a beautiful sunny day, to see how many islands we could see from the top!

After our ride, Ryer and Beth hopped on the ferris wheel while we waited for dinner.  Those guys are the cutest!


experience music project and sci-fi museum in seattle, washington

We got out of town a few months ago for a day out in Seattle with our buddies, the Dixons.  Our main destination was the Experience Music Project and Sci-Fi Museum.  There was a really good Seattle music/mostly Nirvana exhibit that featured a lot of Olympia treasures!

There was also a great Jimi Hendrix exhibit, full of Jimi's amazing clothes.  This was my favorite outfit!

Aside from the music, there was also a really great (maybe my favorite!) movie and sci-fi museum attached.  


It's hard to explain what's happening here . . . 

. . . but this was part of it.


The final part to the museum was a leather jacket exhibit.  Not only did they have Elvis' leather jacket, but they also had his motorcycle!

And this belonged to Michael Jackson himself.  RAD!


january 2013 mix trade!

Joel and I were in charge of putting together this year's mix trade, and were a little late in getting it together.  Because of that, our mixes went out at the beginning of February.  Either way, we had a good time making them -- it's always exciting to put together a physical mix.  

If you want to listen to them yourself, you can download both of them by clicking here!  Click on the photos above for a larger version of the track lists!

Sarah and Joel

grand junction, colorado snow day

While we were home in Grand Junction for Christmas, we had an epic morning of snow and frost.  SO BEAUTIFUL!  As we were leaving the house, I had to run back in grab my camera to take a few pictures of our yard.  It's times like these that I wish we lived in Colorado again.

And just because, ORANGE KITTY!  WHAT A DUDE!


seven falls near manitou springs, colorado

Our final stop of the day was to Seven Falls.  For one week out of the year, they light up the canyon with christmas lights and decorations, and backlight the giant waterfall with color-changing lights.  Joel's dad was really into it, and stopped a lot to tell me to take picture of this or that.  After parking, you can either walk right up to the bottom of the waterfall (and only see the bottom!), or take an elevator to the top to see the entire thing.  

It was really pretty, but very cold.  We didn't stick around long!

The water at the bottom of the falls was frozen solid.  It's hard to tell in the picture above, but the ice was at least six inches thick, and the giant pieces were as long as an adult!

From below . . . 


cave of the winds in manitou springs, colorado

The next stop on our very touristy day trip to Manitou Springs was to Cave of the Winds.  I love caves so much!  I had been here once before when I was a kid, and from what my mom told me after I told her that we'd gone, was that our tour was pretty much the same as it had been 20 years before.  There was a lot of grumpiness from a couple of members of our group, but after some (a lot) of hesitation, we waited around for the next tour, and went down into the warm (compared to the weather outside), 54 degree cave.

They told everyone in advance that this would be the shortest part of the cave, and to make sure to get low.  Joel's dad still managed to hit his head going through.  Whoops!

This is the only part of the tour that I remembered from when I was young.  Explorers of the cave had to climb down this rope and wood ladder with a torch light (that was blown out quite a bit -- cave of the winds) to get in and out of the cave.  You can see where they would be swung around, and their fire would touch the top of the cave to the left of the hole.  I guess they have another tour where you can only use candle light, you explore a different part of the cave, and they tell you all of the ghost stories of the cave.  This sounds AWESOME.

I can't remember what they called this kind of rock, but the tour guide referred to it as bacon rock quite a few times!

I have such a terrible memory, but from what I remember, if you threw a penny or bobby pin onto the wall and it stayed, you would have good luck (or get married, if you weren't already.  This was started by two women who left bobby pins in the hope of getting married).  If you were already married and threw it on, but it fell off, you would get a divorce!

When we came out, it was getting dark already.  This was the original entrance to the cave -- imagine scaling that to get down there!  

I would totally go back again.  So worth the stop.