May 29, 2007
We headed to The Gorge for Memorial Day Weekend and had a fabulous time camping and eating S'mores. It seems that this weekend is a great commencement to summer, hiking & camping season and we could hardly get enough!
We drove with hundreds of other people going out of town on Friday evening and set up our camping site for the weekend near Cle Elum, WA. Saturday morning we got up and drove another hour to Quincy, or George, or more commonly known as The Gorge, to enjoy a day of outdoor music and sunshine at the Sasquatch Festival.
There we found many people like ourselves -- animalistic-like people who are CRAZED about good music!
We rotated stages to listen to our top picks of the 30+ bands who were playing that day. The backdrop to this amphitheatre is quite breathtaking, it's almost like sitting in front of a gigantic landscape painting, and feeling like somehow you're IN it!
We saw some Nacho Libre-inspired, incredibly strange wrestling. They encouraged the audience to throw tortillas and chips at the wrestlers. There were tortillas flying all over the place! It was quite a (strange) sight!
AND of course Tysha got to see her Beastie Boys. Other bands we really enjoyed were Grizzly Bear, the Arcade Fire, Ozomatli & Citizen Cope. It's ALWAYS fun to dance with the hippies. Jacob's highlight was seeing the astonishing Icelandic musician, Bjork, and WOW did she know how to put on a show!
Sunday we had a mellow day and went sightseeing in Ellensburg. Not that there's a lot to see there, but Tysha lived there in Elementary School so it was fun to go visit places worthy of childhood memory-making. Monday, we started the day off right -- in a Canoe!
In the afternoon we drove up to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness for a hike. The forest service road was closed, and we guessed maybe it was because of mud or snow...but what we found was a picture of the power Mother Nature possesses. This past winter we had some serious rain and wind storms and part of the result is that this particular road was completely wiped out. We hiked through the new canyon to the other side where the road still existed and continued on for our hike.
Jacob found these cool-looking plants along the trail.
And Tysha couldn't help but find something pretty, too, poking out of the snow.
But the best part of hiking to Talapus Lake (according to Tysha) was finding the toilet that she discovered while backpacking in this area last summer.
If you're ever in the area and need a little potty break: this is the place!
Yeah for long weekends and great weather and rockin' bands! We are ready for S'more this summer! Bring it on!