Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Butterflies, Robin Hood, and a puppy.

I stopped by Anthro today. Nothing interesting sale wise, but some new arrivals were in, so here they are!

This is my favorite of the bunch. I love shirtdresses and these colors are a bit darker than I prefer, but I loved the print, so decided to try it anyways. It's a wrap dress, which I was a bit wary about, but it ended up draping really nicely. The silk is really nice and I really liked it on me, except for the fact that it was too big. This was my usual Maeve size 2. I think I'll have to try it again in a 0.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Steamboat Rock

A few years ago, I went to Eastern Washington and camped at Sun Lakes State Park, looking for a good place to see the Perseid meteor showers. We only spent one day out there, and we ended up driving down a forest road and parking illegally (after being shooed away by a ranger at a more visible spot) to watch the stars. While driving up Banks Lake, we found a campground and turned in, looking for a convenience store. It was such a gorgeously situated place that I said to myself, “I have to come back and camp here.”

Grand Coulee(driving by Grand Coulee)

Easier said than done. First of all, this area is far away. On our first trip, we camped near Wenatchee on the first night to split up the drive, and the drive home seemed to take forever. So it was a bit of an ordeal to make the drive to a campground that was even further from Seattle than Sun Lakes. After camping for a few years in Western Washington, last year when I was doing my annual campsite booking, I decided that it was time to go to Steamboat Rock. Washington State Parks reservations open up exactly 9 months before the start date of the reservation you want. So I went to the site exactly 9 months before a July Friday and… nothing was available. The next week, I woke up at 6:50am to hit the website exactly at 7am, when the reservations opened up. There were two sites available when I loaded the page, and when I tried to grab one exactly at 7am, it was gone. Same thing happened the next week. I was getting pretty tired of waking up so early to get nothing, so I was ready to give the whole thing up and find another option. But as luck would have it, I checked a few weekends back, just out of curiosity… and there was a site open for the weekend after the 4th of July! Someone must have booked it and canceled. MINE!