Thanks to our Southwest Companion Pass, Clay and I managed to fly back to Seattle for a weekend in the middle of June to celebrate Jason's birthday! This year, Clay decided to gift Jason a set of fishing rods and take him on his first fishing trip to North Cascades National Park. The national park was so gorgeous during this time of the year with its snow-capped mountain ranges and turquoise-colored lakes formed by glacier melt. It offered such grand and majestic views of the North Cascades.
Our day trip started out with lunch at Hawks Nest Bar & Grill. We then checked out the Gorge Powerhouse, where we learned that North Cascades NP consisted of 3 lakes, 3 dams, and 3 powerhouses: Ross, Diablo, and Gorge. Together, these three powerhouses transform water pressure into electricity and are capable of producing about 40% of the total power supply generated by Seattle City Light, a public utility owned by the citizens of Seattle. So cool to learn that this national park generates so much electricity and power for the city of Seattle!
After stopping by a couple scenic views and overlooks, we spent the rest of the afternoon fishing at Diablo Lake, where we saw several campers and a fly fisherman. We stopped at a part of the lake with less people, which was really nice. I got a couple shots of Clay and Jason at our fishing spot (above). That afternoon, I got to learn from Clay how to cast a fishing line! Too bad I only reeled in a couple of sticks. Jason, however, was able to catch his first trout -- and we think he caught the same trout twice! Even though he was the only one that caught anything that day, it was truly an exciting moment for all three of us.
Some glimpses from our Tahoe Ski Trip 2018:
01 - Golden hour in Tahoe (taken as we were driving to our cabin)
02 - On the slopes at Heavenly with a view of Lake Tahoe behind us!
03 - Quick photo break as we were skiing to Lakeview Lodge for lunch
04 - Our lunch view from Booyah's at Lakeview Lodge
Thanksgiving 2017 Highlights:
01 - Afternoon walk at Lake Boren Park with Clay's family
02 - Continuing the Yan Thanksgiving turkey baking tradition
03 - Making shakshuka and French onion soup with Jason
04 - Visiting Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle
At the beginning of October, Clay and I flew back to Washington to attend our friends' wedding (congrats Eric and Lovina!!). That weekend, we also ended up taking a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park, per my mother-in-law's recommendation. Though it was quite chilly (it was snowing when we got to the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center around lunch time), it was so refreshing to drive through and see this national park during the fall season. As we were driving, I couldn't help roll down the car window and snap a quick picture of the fog surrounding the trees (upper left photo). Later that day, we stopped by Louise Lake (upper right photo) and found a waterfall on the side of the road (lower left photo). I loved being able to see the autumn colors peek out from among the evergreen trees (lower right photo). As usual, it was wonderful getting to spend time with Clay outside in nature. In the future, we would love to come back to Mount Rainier during the spring and visit more of Washington's national parks together!
A month ago when I was going through a sort of a slump (feeling bogged down by all of my summer classes and the drudgery of life in general :P), Clay goes into our study room, closes the door, and makes a couple of phone calls. He sticks out his head to ask me if I am free Sunday July 23. (I was!) Then he sends me a Google Calendar event titled "Secret adventure for kim and clay" to save the date.
A little over a week before the event, Clay comes home from work, goes back into our study room, and closes the door again. I hear loud thumping noises coming from our study. After a while, he comes out and hands me a card, an invitation to "Kim and Clay's Super Fun Day." It was a schedule of the day with only the times showing. The locations were hidden behind these perforated strips that he had designed for me to peel (the noises from the study were from poking all the tiny holes).
Yesterday, I finally got to tear off each strip as our day unfolded. We started off the day in SF, where we shared morning donuts at Bob's Donuts, a lunch in the Mission at Media Noche (I've been wanting to go since it opened), and Boba Guys (my favorite place to get boba!). By the afternoon we were in Point Reyes (another one of my favorites!), where we saw an abandoned shipwreck, walked through a cypress tree tunnel, and hiked along the foggy coast to a light house. After stopping by Inverness Park Market for some sandwiches for dinner, we ended the day at Tomales Bay for the main event: a night time kayaking excursion to see bioluminescent colonies of glowing dinoflagellates!
As I think back to being out on the water last night after sundown, which was truly a magical and unforgettable experience itself...I can't help but feel completely overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude and awe. I'm thankful to God for giving me a life with so many privileges that I often feel and know are so undeserved. One of the greatest of these privileges will always be my marriage relationship with my husband, Clay, who never ceases to stun me with his thoughtfulness and creativity. Though married life is not always so happy go lucky (on a seemingly perfect day such as yesterday, we still managed to get into a ridiculous and awful fight that for a moment completely crushed clay and broke me down into tears), I'm thankful for the opportunity we always have to choose to reconcile and make repairs. To choose love and forgiveness as God commanded us to. To choose to trust and to have hope in our marriage in the context of this temporary & fleeting life that we have together, because we know that God has given us the best reason to do so through the hope that we forever have in His Son.
Just capturing as I go.