From Sun Up to Sun Down

DSC_0838“From the rising of the sun
To the going down of the same
The name of the Lord is to be praised”

Yesterday was a fun filled day of hikes and water activities. I’ve been wanting to do a sunrise hike all summer long but we’ve been really busy. The last time we planned to go, the weather forecast didn’t look so great so we decided to save it for another time. Since Tiff leaves to go back to Houston on Thursday, we had to cram this hike in on Saturday and invited our parents to come along. I was quite impressed that they did and it ended up being some great family time! We left the house around 3:30 AM Saturday morning and arrived at the Rattlesnake Ledge trailhead around 4:30-4:45 to begin our upward ascent.

Rattlesnake Ledge is the perfect sunrise hike because it provides a wonderful view of the sunrise and isn’t too long or rigorous of a hike. As we set out in complete darkness using flashlight to guide our path, the sky began to lighten as the morning came about and we reached the top around 5:30. The sun itself didn’t make it’s glorious appearance until almost 6:10 but it was really nice to eat breakfast and just hang out up top. Turns out, it’s a really popular sunrise hike so we were joined by many other groups of hikers.

 

IMG_5711Once the sun was fully risen, we had to rush back down the mountain because Tiff and I had an outing with our church group and needed to make it back in time to catch the Kingston ferry with them. We spent the rest of the day in the Olympic National Park starting in Crescent Lake to eat lunch and hang out at the Lake. IMG_5736

Some people rented some kayaks and canoes to paddle out to the Lake while the rest of us spent our time swimming and skipping rocks. The weather was absolutely perfect for our activities and allowed us to dry off after we swam. We ended up spending almost four hours at the Lake.10525961_10152136619047504_8710145616228639955_n

From there, we drove to another portion of the park to do a quick hike before we had to head back to the ferry docks and grab burgers  from The Grub Hut (which isn’t’ bad actually:  The Grub Hut) along the way. On the ferry ride back, we also were able to see the sunset on the waters as we arrived back in Edmonds around 9 PM.IMG_5802

Even though it was such an active day, it was so great to be able to see both the sunrise and sunset while enjoying God’s beautiful creation all around with brothers and sisters. Summer sure has been a wonderful

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West Coast Musings: Part II

I had every intention of blogging my trip while I was gone but due to busy schedules and terrible internet, here I am blogging the rest of  my trip after I’ve returned home already! photo 3 (5)

 

The third day of travels started out in Florence, Oregon and brought us down to Crescent City for the night. Florence is famous for its beautiful sand dunes along the coast. I’ve been here once before but it was years ago when I was much younger. Back then, we rented some one seater dune buggies and I got stuck….a lot. This time, we rented individual ATVs for each of us and I still got stuck….a  lot. The sand dunes were beautiful though and being stuck meant I had a lot of time to just sit and take in my surroundings while I waited for help. After the excursion, I had to empty myself of all the sand that had collected in my clothing.

DSC_1178We were all starving after we were done with sand dunes and decided to get lunch at Traveler’s Cove and it was delicious. The portions were just big enough to fill up the appetite we had worked up. If you’re in Florence and in need of a yummy, hearty meal, I would definitely suggest visiting Traveler’s Cove!

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I’m hungry again just looking at this!

The next leg of the trip was just to get to Crescent City for the night and take it easy. We were all pretty tired and just wanted to hang out in the hotel to relax for the next day which took us through the Redwoods and then to our destination of Sonoma for our conference.

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West Coast Musings: Part I

I’m attending a church conference at Sonoma State University beginning this Wednesday so a few of us who are attending together decided to make it a road trip. We left Sunday afternoon for Seaside, Oregon. I grew up going to the Oregon Coast at least once a year and haven’t been back in a couple of years. But I never got tired of the west coast and the soft sand along the shores. It may not be filled with as much sunshine as some of the California beaches but it’s vast and not nearly as filled with people. We used to take our dog to the Oregon Coast over spring break and some of our best memories with her were at the beach.DSC_0928

Stopping by Portland to pick up a few more people, we swung by Voo Doo Donuts in Portland before arriving in Seaside around 9 PM and got settled in our hotel. It was already dark but we decided to walk to the beach anyways. It felt so wonderful digging my toes into the cool, soft sand and listening to the sound of ocean waves.DSC_0932

Monday morning, we set out with Florence as our destination for the evening. Starting off with a hike in Ecola State Park and then some fun jumping photos at Haystack.

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Photo Credits: Sean Kung

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Photo Credits: Sean Kung

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Photo Credits: Sean Kung

For dinner, we stopped in Newport Bay at the original Mo’s. We used to at least on meal at Mo’s every time we visited the coast so it was a nice nostalgic meal. I was debating whether to order the Cannonball or the fish and chips but went with the fish and chips and just ate some of Ben’s Cannonball.

 

We had really wanted to catch the sunset at the beach so instead of driving straight to Florence after dinner, we stopped along the way at a beach and managed to catch some beautiful photos.

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

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We arrived in Florence pretty late in the evening and slept really well after a long day of playing and enjoying our time together.