Friday 30 December 2016

Butchart Gardens and Royal British Columbia Museum: Victoria, Canada

Trip with family to Victoria on Vancouver Island. We checked out Butchart Gardens with all of its impressive Christmas lights on display.

Three french hens

Five gold rings

11 Pipers piping. These were my absolute favourites because they were so ridiculously creepy and evil.

This guy needs his own christmas horror movie.

Anyone who has seen Butchart will recognize this famous view.

Carols were great, there was also an ice rink.
The next day we went to the Museum of British Columbia, which was quite impressive, and had a large prehistory exhibition.

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Seattle Thunderbirds Ice Hockey

We took our family visiting to an ice hockey game. Seattle vs. Spokane. I felt a little sorry for Spokane due to the vigorous, and obviously well-rehearsed, chant of "Spokane sucks!" to musical accompaniment.

Monday 28 November 2016

Thanksgiving in Leavenworth, WA

Just after thanksgiving we rented a cool house and had a fun time checking out Leavenworth with family. The christmas lights were on, there was a kids christmas parade, and we soaked up some fake Bavaria. We also made trips to Stevens Pass for snow play and Lake Wenatchee.

Great view of the river from the house we stayed in

Snow play with the kids at Stevens Pass

Lake Wenatchee was quiet and beautiful in this cold season.

Bavaria! There's even a decent snow-covered mountain

I guess they'd already named all the streets before they went full Bavaria, so now they have both...

The christmas lights were impressive, this doesn't do it justice.

Saturday 29 October 2016

Puget Sound Mycologoical Society Mushroom Show

I think we have reached peak PNW. We went to a mushroom show, and it was surprisingly awesome. So much so that we went on a guided mushroom walk in Bridle Trails a few weeks later to learn more.

I thought these types of mushrooms you see in kids stories were made up. Turns out they are real and grow right here.

Sunday 16 October 2016

Bruno Weber Sculpture Park

Today thanks to the Atlas Obscura I had a great time wandering around the Bruno Weber Sculpture Park at Dietikon near Zurich. It's an amazing, and slightly creepy place. Like Gaudi meets Angkorwat: lots of strange concrete sculpture that is starting to age and is in a little bit of disrepair. If anything the slightly decrepit state gives it even more atmosphere.

People playing Aplhorns: hauntingly beautiful music