Saturday, July 21, 2018


We took a short trip to Washington state this week and saw so many amazing things!  First of all we visited our DGD and she took us to a couple quilt shops.

The Quilt Shoppe is located in Poulsbo, WA which is a scandinavian town with a street named King Olaf!  The owner is Norwegian and she has created some Norwegian type patterns.  Unfortunately, I didn't take very many pictures there, but if you ever get to that town, you should stop in.

Next, we went to Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, WA, which is a very cute, old town.  The quilt shop is wonderful and we had a good time looking at all the fabrics.

I didn't buy much and don't have a picture of it.  Don't you love the quilt in the above picture?

Next we went to Olympic National Park and up to Hurricane Ridge at 5242 feet elevation!  The drive up there is beautiful, however, they are re-paving the road, so it is down to one lane for a significant section of it and took a little longer to get up there.

The Visitor Center is on top of the mountain with a perfect view all around!

Look at this!

Then we drove down to SW Washington and went into New North Light House, built in 1898.  The light is still in use and can be seen for 17 miles out to sea.

It wasn't too tall, so we were able to make it to the top!

I had been wanting to go to Astoria, Oregon in the North East corner of Oregon for quite a while.  We crossed into Oregon via the Astoria Bridge, which is 4 1/2 miles long.  The special thing for me is that I have a good friend whose husband worked on building the bridge in 1966!

While in Astoria, we learned a lot about the Columbia River.  The entrance to the river from the Pacific Ocean is the most dangerous of any other river in the USA and it is called the "Graveyard of the Pacific."  Over 2,000 ships have gone down there.  The ships are required to have a "bar pilot" help them go through the entrance (which is called the bar).  The Columbia River Maritime Museum was so interesting!

We also went to the Flavel House Museum, which was built 1883 by Captain George Flavel, a bar pilot and business man.

I love touring historic homes!

Astoria is the oldest city on the west coast and got started because of the beaver trade.  I love history and there is so much more to learn about this area. 

Now, I'm anxious to get some sewing in this weekend!


  1. Sounds like you found a couple of fun quilt shops.
    I love mountaintop views, lighthouses, and historic homes, too. :)

  2. Beautiful photos! I love that bridge! The quilt shops sound like lots of fun and are always good inspiration for getting sewing when you get home!

  3. I really enjoy your travel posts Ruth. I get to see places I'll never visit that are so beautiful and interesting.

  4. It is so fun to get out and explore! These places are really wonderful!

  5. Looks like a lovely trip. I was also at a lighthouse last week on the other side of the continent, but I struck out in the quilt shop department. One planned stop had closed permanently, and the other was closed the day we drove through town. Glad you had better luck!

  6. Looks like a wonderful trip. those mountain views are wonderful.
    I love to visit lighthouses and historical homes too.
    Great quilt - yes