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    Gingko Petrified Forest State Park

    Who’s Petrified Now? Washington’s Gingko Forest

    The forest wasn’t petrified. I was petrified. You know you’re not in Western Washington any more when you see this sign like this one… Today (March 19, 2010), the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park in Vantage, Washington reopens after a winter hiatus. In contrast to Western Washington’s rainy, temperate climate, Vantage’s climate reflects its Central Washington location, just east of the towering Cascade Mountain Range. It’s darn dry here. Millions of years ago, this area was lush and damp, a swamp-filled rainforest dripping with tropical-looking plants and giant gingko trees. Then volcanic eruptions and massive floods tore through the region, burying artifacts in soil and stone. Today, the Gingko Petrified Forest’s…

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    Spotlight: Boats & Bikes in Bellingham

    Fairhaven, Wash., August 2009. I love looking at this photo on grey Northwest days. It reminds me that summer — my favorite time of year — is just around the corner. Summer means bike and boat season, endless daylight hours and sunsets that drip with color (instead of noses that drip with…well, you know). I cannot wait. Find more inspirational photos at Delicious Baby.

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    BC Family Ski Trips,  Whistler

    Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak with Kids

    I thank Debbie of DeliciousBaby for hosting Photo Friday this week — and every week. Visit her site to check out fantastic travel memories, tips and photos! MORE —- To ride the Peak 2 Peak, I paid for the “sightseeing day pass” for myself and my family. Washington State and Canadian residents can benefit from the EDGE card.

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    Photo Friday: Vancouver 2010

    These brilliant Chinese lanterns competed against Olympic mascots, trinket booths, singers, food vendors, ticket seekers and ticket scalpers, wandering performers and everything else going on at Vancouver 2010’s Plaza of Nations. But the crimson beacons held their own, as they swayed in front of the twilight-touched mountains surrounding the city. The photo demonstrates why I love this city so much: Vancouver’s rich cultural diversity and all-seasons natural playground. I’m thankful I’m only a three-hour drive away. This is my first Photo Friday. Thanks for all that you do, Debbie at DeliciousBaby.