Fine photos make great last-minute gifts, and feed the hungry as well

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Yachats Sunset, 30×20 framed, on exhibit and for sale at Blue Sky Bagels, Fairview, Meridian

By Ken Levy

There’s still time to get free delivery of my ready-to-hang framed images, which make perfect gifts for home or office walls.

I continue my tradition of donating 20% of the purchase of any of my images to the Idaho
Foodbank. Thanks to your generous purchases, the food bank got additional funds in time for the Christmas celebrations.

I like to keep this going year-round. Here’s how it works:

You get stunning photography for your home, office or as thoughtful gifts; each beautiful photo you buy also helps feed hungry people. I give 20% of each sale to the Idaho Foodbank.

I will deliver framed art free within a 50-mile radius of Boise, until Dec. 20.  Email me for details at ken@kenlevymedia.com

Visit any of my exhibits (below), and my web site, to make the perfect holiday purchase that gives twice:

FoggyTreesYachats1966At left: Coastal Inspiration, Yachats, Ore. 20×30 Framed, on exhibit and for sale at Blue Sky Bagels, Fairview, Meridian

  About my photos

These professional-quality images will add beauty and interest to every wall, including those of your friends, family and colleagues. You can find a huge variety of original art on my web site.

Keep an eye on my New Works page for updates to my photography, and stop by my Collector’s Editions  page to view some of my clients’ favorite works.

Email me for details at ken@kenlevymedia.com or visit my web site at http://kenlevymedia.com.

Consider making my images part of your holiday gift giving this year. Because no one should have to go hungry, and beauty makes a great gift for everyone.

 

Below: “Water and Ice.” Tiny stalactites dip their icy toes in the roiling water of Teton Creek. Framed 20×16 on display and for sale at Blue Sky Bagels, Chinden Ave., Boise.

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Base in Sequim for north Olympic Peninsula explorations

On the trail: Olympic Peninsula, part IV

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You’ll pronounce Sequim wrong. The name, pronounced “skwim,” is derived from the native S’Klallam tribes, and means “a good place to hunt.”

Although that refers to the abundant wildlife in the area, it’s also a great place to base yourself for northern Olympic Peninsula adventures.

Here, you’ll find the Dungeness National Wildlife Area just north of town, with access to the Dungeness Spit, the longest — at 5.5 miles — natural sand spit in the nation, leading to the New Dungeness Lighthouse in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It’s a fascinating hike out to the lighthouse, but do it at low tide.

A segment of the Olympic Discovery Trail runs through town, over the historic Dungeness River wooden bridge listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The trail runs from Port Townsend to La Push, and is a great way to explore the north peninsula on foot or bike, if you have the time.

And, if you love quiet coves for your sailing craft, you’ll want to dock in the beautiful and upscale John Wayne Marina. The land was gifted by the late actor, and it’s a full-featured marina with docking, fuel, restaurant and public access beach.

While there, make reservations at the tiny but exquisite Dockside Grill. We shared a beautiful appetizer of crab in a very tasty sauce with Parmesan toast points that was so generous that Lana got at least one more meal from it.

For the main course, Lana opted for a perfectly prepared cedar-planked rib-eye steak, rubbed with coffee and spices and served with jalapeno garlic butter, with potato and veggies, a huge tender cut that got her two more meals as well.

I had cedar-planked salmon topped with a generous portion of Dungeness crab, cooked to absolute perfection with triple-citrus Riesling butter. Both meals were prepared using the very finest ingredients, the highest quality you can get, and the tastes were magnificent, tender and delightful. A fantastic meal, the best one we had on the coast, in fact on the entire trip, and the price was exorbitant to say the least: with tip, this feast topped $160.

More about Sequim and the northern Olympic Peninsula in my next post.

Refreshment comes in many forms: Hood Canal, Washington

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En route: Barn swallows fuss incessantly for their breakfast at Champoeg State Heritage Area, Oregon. We started — and ended — our camping excursion here, before and after making the great Olympic Peninsula loop. More about Champoeg in another blog.

On the Trail:
With all the intense heat and smoke assailing southwest Idaho this summer, finding relief meant relocating to cooler, softer climates. Our 25-day Olympic Peninsula jaunt couldn’t have come soon enough.

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The odyssey began with a journey to the Hood Canal area, on the southeastern corner of the peninsula. Filled with lush forests, cool waterfalls and wide waterways, the region is relatively sparse with people, and a quiet vacationer’s dream.

We based ourselves near Hoodsport, at Skokomish Park Lake Cushman. This is  a nicely-treed full-service camping area with hiking trails in deep woods right on the lake. There are several other campgrounds nearby.

Temperatures rarely climbed above 75 degrees in mid-July, with gentle breezes and many overcast days to keep things mellow. The deep, earthy smell of forest and river welcome you on the multitude of lightly-used trails. You can swim, launch your motor- or sailboat, and rent tubes and kayaks. Away from the campground, you’ll find numerous coves and secret segments of the 8.5-mile wooded lake in which to immerse yourself.

LanaStaircaseRapidsTree3103Staircase Rapids, just nine miles north, offer dramatic vistas of the North Fork Skokomish River as it swiftly tumbles through huge rock formations. Inside Olympic National Park, the river’s dramatic vistas and huge western red cedar, hemlock and Douglas fir trees along it can be seen on the loop trail that bears its name, along with many more hiking opportunities.

The Hood Canal region is home to the Skokomish (“People of the river”) tribe, which was originally comprised of Twana Indians who were devastated by smallpox after the arrival of Europeans in 1792. The largest of the nine Twana communities was known as the Skokomish, or big river people.

Explorations

With Hoodsport as our base to explore the southern canal area, we visited the nearby communities of Shelton, Union, Belfair, Lilliwaup and more. We started with a short drive to the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton (little-creek.com). You can stuff your face with crab and Dalby Creek Waterwheel Union Wa 759oysters in their Creekside Buffet or dine fine in the Island Grille or Squaxin Island Seafood Bar. At Creekside, I gulped down beautiful oysters Florentine and cracked crab til my fingers got numb.

In Lilliwaup, north of Hoodsport following Highway 101, you’ll come across the stinkiest place on the canal, and you’ll be glad you did.

More in my next blog.

Summer travel schedule takes shape

Travel will be a full-time job this year, as I’ll be writing and photographing fascinating features for publication from my adventures through Idaho, Washington and Oregon as well as treks across the United States. Look for regular trip reports from every possible stop.

Here’s the schedule as it now stands. Family will be staying in, and caring for, our home and garden while we’re gone.

June 23-26: Family caRaft105Portfoliomping on the Payette River in Cascade, Idaho. Hoping much of the gang can come for this lovely and scenic spot for fun and games.

July 7-30: Olympic Peninsula loop, from east to west, starting with the Hood Canal communities and including most attractions all along the peninsula, including Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles, Lake Crescent, Neah Bay and Kalaloch. We’ll wander into the Staircase, Dosewallips, Hurricane Ridge and Sol Duc areas, with the Hoh and Quinault rain forests major stops. From there, we’ll head south into the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and explore the Tillamook Coast before heading home via Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

Aug. 7-Sept. 9: Still tons of planning to do for this cross-country driving trip from Boise, Idaho to rural Boxford, Massachusetts for a family visit. Once there, we’ll be going into New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest and into Ogunquit, Maine for a taste of the beautiful east coast. So far, after Boxford, we’ll be camping on Cape Cod and at Newark’s Liberty Harbor, in sight of the Statue of Liberty. We’re looking at  harbor cruises and visits to Manhattan by public transportation. From there…who knows? We’ll meander back to Boise as fast — or as slow — as we can.