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Eunice Lake and Tolmie Peak Hike

eunice-lake-tolmie-peak-xs-2 Back in July, a friend and I went up to Tolmie Peak in Mount Rainier National Park. My brother had gone a few days earlier and had been able to see the Port of Tacoma from the peak. But when we went, it wasn't raining, but it was pretty cloudy and foggy the whole way up. We were lucky to see the lake from the fire lookout. It was still one of my favorite hikes.

Words can't describe how beautiful that lake was or the view of the lake from the trail going up. I sat down to get some dirt out of my sock, and just sat there staring at the lake for a while. It was amazing.

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I brought along my hiking backpack, and wore an old pair of running shoes. It was fairly muddy, there were times I was wishing my shoes were waterproof. But the hike was so worth it. We hiked to the fire lookout then sat up there, eating our lunches.

If you're looking for a hike to do, I'd recommend checking out Tolmie Peak/Eunice Lake. Our hike on a cloudy day was beautiful. The pictures I've seen on sunny days are breathtaking.

The road to the trailhead was really rough. We took my friend's Pilot which fared a lot better than my sedan would have. My sedan would have made it, it just would have had to be more careful about all the potholes.

And since it's a National Park, make sure you have the right pass(es)!

What's an amazing hike you've done?

Tolmie Peak Washington Trails Association Page

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Heisler Park in Laguna Beach

Northwest Pearls: Heisler Park I spent part of one of my days in Laguna Beach at Heisler Park. The beautiful park overlooks the ocean and the day we picked couldn't have been any nicer. The photos I took are some of my favorites from the trip.

The park has a massive whale sculpture, "Breaching Whale," by Jon Seeman. You can watch the lawn bowling club practice, or just take a walk around the park.

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What's one of the prettiest parks you've been to?

Strand Vista Park

Northwest Pearls: Strand Vista Park The day I went to Strand Vista Park, the fog was so thick you couldn't see the beach from the railing up above. On a sunny day you can see the ocean and beach.

There are tile fish set into the sidewalk and fake starfish decorating the benches and wall. The sidewalk is ombre.

It's a nice place to hang out and enjoy the view.

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And here's some similar Sperry's too!

Is there somewhere you enjoy just looking out at the ocean?

Gasworks Park

We went to Gas Works Park on north Lake Union in Seattle a few days ago. The night view of the skyline is pretty awesome. I want to say that the blue lights are in honor of the Seahawks beating the Vikings earlier this week, but I can't say that for sure. Northwest Pearls: Gasworks Park

A lot of the old machinery that was used to manufacture gas is still on the property. We walked around the park and enjoyed the view before going back to our car and getting some warm tea.

Have you been to Gas Works Park? What do you think?

Yoga in the Park

Northwest Pearls: Yoga in the Park  

This past week I went down to Southern California. One of the many fun things I did was go to I Heart Yoga in the Park classes. The class is located in Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, CA, and is free with a suggested donation of $8.

This was the first time I had tried yoga (besides doing a YouTube class or two in college) although I have been thinking of taking classes for a while. The first class was incredibly hard but the other two I went to were a lot easier. I went to two evening classes and one 10 am class.

Around 30-60 people (forgive me if I'm way off, estimating people can be hard) attended the classes. I had a yoga mat, some water, my (somewhat baggy and loose in all the wrong places) yoga clothes, and my sunglasses. The park overlooks the ocean and it's very pretty.

Both men and women went to the classes; their ages ranged from late teens/early twenties to their fifties and sixties. (There may have been older people, I just didn't see them.) The instructors walked around so if you couldn't hear them at one point, you could hear them later; once in a while they commented on a specific person's pose to correct it or to praise it.

I can see the class being better for people who actually know what they're doing in yoga, but I didn't have too much trouble following along. I'm sure my form could have been better but I definitely got a workout and I was careful to not hurt myself. (I just looked at a picture of myself doing downward dog and I didn't realize that it was more like an upside down 'v' so I know that I was doing that one wrong, my back was curved.) 

Since I have some free time coming up and I enjoyed the classes, I might look into taking a few yoga classes here in the northwest.

Have you ever tried yoga? What have you thought of it?