feels like fall already

August 30, 2010 |  Category:   dining out Seattle & the NW travels

There are all kinds of Fall signs here, in the mountains, in the city. Even further south in Portland we noticed clusters of dead, brown leaves on the sidewalk. In Seattle we’ve seen a few yellow and orange leaves on trees and it’s been cold enough that I’ve been wearing scarves, jackets and hoodies the last few days. I’ve gotten quite used to the cooler weather, but I see you, New York. I peeked at the forecast this week. I know it’s still raging summer out there and it’ll be a shock to go back to hotter temps back home when we’ve gotten used to dressing like it’s Fall.

On Friday, we went up North to the Cascade Mountains to find a hike that all the kids might like to do. We never did find that trail, but instead drove up a few miles to a road that lead to nowhere except a recently abandoned campfire littered with trash. We drove back down and played by a river, resting just enough so that Mark could recover from being carsick. Back in the nearby town of Granite Falls we found a little diner with funny artwork that had the best Yelp rating, which happened to be owned by an older Korean couple. As far as I could tell, the woman took orders and waitressed while the husband was the cook. It was just the 2 of them. It was a rather curious little discovery for your fairly typical rural American diner situated in a predominantly white populated town, nestled between the mountains and other ghost towns.

The fries were hot and crispy. You can always tell the quality of an establishment by the quality of the fries. True facts.

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  • olivia rae August 30, 2010 at 5:59 am

    the photo of claudine on the tree stump is one of my all time favorites… the look on her face is so adorable.

  • deidra August 30, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Ahhh…I felt that yawn! And yes about the fries.

  • Lichen Frank August 30, 2010 at 10:46 am

    How are you able to stop and photograph that Ruben before scarfing it down? yum

  • alexandra August 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

    anda i really miss fall! *

  • .amanda. August 30, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I can not believe how fall like this post feels and how you have captured the little hints of fall in your photography. I am looking forward to cooler weather and cinnamon smells, but I dread winter!

    p.s. that third photo is so great!

  • Marina August 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Oh! I love those diner photos (especially the kiddos). Yes, we (in Boston) are in the 90s. But soon! with the crisp air and fall colors.

  • lil August 30, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I was going to say–those fries look great!

  • Laura August 31, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I have loved reading about your posts from this trip. All around this seems to have been a great one! Except for the hosptial side trip.

  • sooki August 31, 2010 at 1:15 am

    lovin’ all your photos. the creek with rocks…. so serene. love it. i’m on the other side of the cascades (spokane) and we’re saying bye to summer too. so sad that the summers are so short. hello fall…

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