Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Traveling: Ocean Shores and Home

Line of Surf : Ocean Shores, WA

On Sunday afternoon, I left Seattle and headed out to the coast. I didn't exactly end up in the most beautiful coastal setting in Washington, I'm sure, but I did drive through some towns that were once quite prominent in the world of pulp, paper, and wood products manufacturing. Since that's what I write about professionally, it was interesting to put places with the mills and companies I've written about in the past.

Red Sky at Morn' : Ocean Shores, WA

My drive took me through Tacoma and past Olympia, the state capital. I drove through Aberdeen and Grays Harbor, but it was Ocean Shores where I ended up for the night. It was too late to take sunset pictures by the time I arrived, so I got up really early the next morning and snapped a couple of sunrise shots.

cloudsandclunkers : Peter Shelton, Artist : SEA-TAC

Then, it was back to the hotel to shower, pack, and head back up to Seattle for my flight home that afternoon. I arrived at SEA-TAC with plenty of time to spare only to learn my flight from Seattle to Baltimore with a connection through Denver had been canceled due to snow in Denver. Thankfully, United put me on an American Airlines flight and I was off. Before leaving SEA-TAC, I caught a couple of photos of a very fun art exhibit called "cloudsandclunkers" by the artist Peter Shelton.

Andrew Dan-Jumbo of The Learning Channel in the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

My new flight plans included a layover in Dallas-Fort Worth. While waiting for my connection, I noticed this guy in our boarding area talking on the phone and using his computer. I needed to recharge the battery on my computer, so I sat across from him and snapped this photo of him using my PhotoBooth software on my Mac. This gentleman is Andrew Dan-Jumbo--TLC's DIY handyman for its home makeover shows.

Driftwood at High Tide : Ocean Shores, WA

Washington State (the "other" Washington, as we say here and as they say there about us) was a beautiful state. The people were friendly and polite, the scenery was breathtaking, the food was good--everything was a wonderful experience. My thanks to my friend, Alice, for the use of her house in Langley and to Maya, for being such a wonderful guide. I'll be back soon!

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 12/08


Virginia said...

Oh Girl, these are spectacular. The beach ones are my fav and yes I do know Andrew!

Lucy said...

I know there are probably other beautiful coastlines, but now like the northwest. I love the drift wood, the big rocks out into the water, the cloudy days, the wet of everything. Clearly I live in the wrong city/town/county/state/etc.The quiet of those beaches is astounding.

D.C. Confidential said...

VJ: Thanks! I like the beach ones, too. I would have taken more, but my batteries died and, of course, the spares were back in the hotel, way over there ------>.

Lucy: The NW definitely has beautiful coastline. I'm always struck by the ruggedness of it. And the sound of the surf crashing on the shore always does my soul good.

marley said...

You saw it all - skies, sea and celebs! I love the driftwood photo. Surely another prize winner!

D.C. Confidential said...

Marley: Thanks! I probably used driftwood too liberally in my description on that last pic. In truth, it was a freakin' tree!

Maya said...

Your ocean shots are great! I don't know that celebrity since I don't have cable, but it's a cool shot of him!

Oh, and your welcome! I'd love to show you around some more if you return.

Knoxville Girl said...

I've really enjoyed your Northwest photos. I'ts been a few years since I've been there, and your photos jogged some good memories of times past. Thanks.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: Thanks! I'll take you up on that! As for Dan-Jumbo, I think he's from New Zealand. He's quite adorable.

Knoxville: Glad you enjoyed this series. It's a beautiful area, isn't it? Did you like in the PacNW?