When you want to escape the August heat of Texas and yet stay in North America, the Pacific Northwest immediately comes to mind, and that's where we headed last week with friends to count off the days of summer.
Seattle was our first stop on the journey.
Top of our list to see was the infamous Pikes Place Market
with the "flying fish" (look closely) vendors,
and all the colors of $5 bouquets of flowers,
and even peppers.
A visit to the original Starbucks nearby proved entertaining and delicious,
and then a first for me--a duck tour
onto the lake, where we saw the beautiful skyline, seaplanes and the Sleepless in Seattle house.
Have you ever done a duck tour?
More fun than I would have imagined!
Then it was on to Vancouver, where we started off in Stanley Park,
where the lushness
and color of the vegetation prove how "happy" they are in this fertile environment.
Next, we enjoyed some time on Granville Island. We were quite intrigued by these "floating" houses on the water with a beautiful view of the city.
Granville Island is also known for its colorful market--such beautiful presentation and delicious flavors.
I also discovered a dragon fruit--have you sampled one?
We left the city to find gorgeous scenery on our route towards Whistler.
A couple of waterfalls on the way,
took our breath away
and we took every chance we could to just stop and take in the beauty of God's landscape
in this part of the world.
The town of Whistler charmed us, as I'm sure it did the rest of the world when it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Once atop Whistler Mountain,
we took the Peak to Peak gondolas for a
view unlike any other, as we traveled on the world's highest lift of its kind from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain, an experience not to be missed.
It was an amazing trip, enhanced by spending time with our good friends, Hal and Lori, our traveling buddies for the adventure.
Chalk it up to another adventure with memories and landscapes etched in our minds for years to come.