Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Coffee and friends

We've had great chances to catch up with family and friends on this trip.

We enjoyed a tasty and artfully served cup of coffee (and cocoa) at Herkimer Coffee on Greenwood in Phinney Ridge, Kim's old neighborhood.

Best part of it? Meeting up with Kim's old housemate Sarah!

Today we met with another friend of Kim's, Brandy, who came over to Winslow on the ferry. We had a great time walking around the town, and then brunch at Streamliner Diner. Kim looks like a giant here, but she was just standing on a step above Brandy!

University of Washington tour

We had a very enjoyable tour of the campus of the University of Washington on Monday. It is a beautiful and impressive campus.

Pictures? How about the library? Suzzallo Library is a beautiful building, appended with reasonable taste by the Allen Library building.

Welcome banners at the front door.

And the breathtaking reading room.

Our tour guide Zach was fun and gave a great introduction to the campus and student life.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

More PNW Christmas

Now THIS is a Northwest Yule log. Not a log, a TREE. With chantarelles. Made from meringue. There is dessert here and they are NOT kidding.

Close up on the meringue.

And rare, gorgeous alpenglow on Rainier. This picture does not do it justice. Purple and red sunset light on the snow covered giant.

Merry Christmas, one and all.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas from Erland's Point

Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Joyous Saturnalia from the Claspy family to you!