The Return of TV

Finally! New TV shows are back! So here is the run down of what we’re watching this fall:

My favorite show now – How I Met Your Mother. I love this show because it is consistent every week, and being the same age as the characters I identify with a lot of them. Of course because of this, can I see that some of the time based stuff they’ve done in the show is a little off ūüôā

We sort of stick to CBS for the rest of Monday. I’m not a fan of Two and a Half Men, but watch anyway. And the Big Bang Theory has been upgraded from “watch it if its on” to “season pass” on the Tivo.

Tuesday is an off night for TV I guess.

Wednesday, we are now watching Glee. ¬† I don’t think it will last, but will enjoy it while it is on.

Thursday is the big night on NBC (hey, that’s tonight). ¬† SNL is on (for now – until 30 Rock comes back), Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Community (which was OK last week, we’ll give it a chance).

Nothing else on the schedule until SNL on Saturday night.

Then Sunday rolls around. ¬†We always watch “Sunday Morning” on CBS. ¬† Then Sunday night, there is the one reality show that we watch, “The Amazing Race.” ¬†And the week is rounded out with “Mad Men.”

Apparently, when you write it down… we watch a lot of TV. ¬† Of course, I’m always doing something else while watching TV. ¬† Typing the blog post, handling email, working on Cascade, learning to program the iPhone, etc… ¬† Always busy, but I must admit, I work better with a little background noise (or background TV in this case).

Mt. St. Helens

We had a pretty full weekend.   Yesterday we went to The Puyallup Fair (thefair.com).   It seems like it is the state fair (at least for 4H), with dozens of rides, and dozens of dozens of food booths.

The real highlight of our weekend:

Mt. St. Helens from Johnston Ridge

Mt. St. Helens from Johnston Ridge

We’ve been talking about it for a while, and finally set aside the day (possibly one of the last good days of the year for it). ¬† We drove south on I-5, making the 3 1/2 trip to Mt. St. Helens. ¬† There are many observation points along the way, but the highlight is the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

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The site is just amazing.   In the picture above, we are about 5 miles from the peak of St. Helens.  You can clearly see the crater left from the 1980 eruption.   The volcanic memorial site is way bigger than I had expected.   There seems to be mile upon mile of hiking trails, even down into the valley.   Had we been properly prepared, we would have ventured on a little further.

I highly recommend the trip.   Just an amazing site.   Beautiful scenery on the way, and you get to witness the true power of the earth.

Speaking of which (another recommendation coming). Last night we watched “Galapagos” from the BBC. Wow. The documentary itself was beautifully shot (we watched the Blu-ray version). The subject mater, just amazing. I feel privileged just to have reservations to visit the Galapagos next year. To see the origin of “The Origin of Species” and to witness first hand how evolution has played out through adaptation, will be a once in a lifetime experience. I clearly have lots of studying to do before we go.

To Snoqualmie Falls

Yesterday we took another little road trip.   We drove out east (about 40 minutes) to Snoqualmie.   The highlight of the trip was the waterfall.

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The falls are 268 ft high. ¬†It is quite a drop. ¬† They falls aren’t very wide (although we hear they are fuller at different times of the year). ¬† Probably most impressively, the water seems to just hit the surface below and just scatter all over the place. ¬† ¬†This creates a lot of mist, which was supplemented by rain yesterday.

There is a nice observation area at the top of the falls. ¬†Then there is a 1/2 mile trail that goes down to the river. ¬† The trail is pretty steep, but it was a fun walk. ¬† At the bottom, there is another observation platform. ¬†And then…. you have to walk 1/2 mile uphill gaining 268 feet of elevation. ¬† It was a fun hike both ways, but the rain was really pouring down on the way back up.

We got into the car and headed back towards the town of Snoqualmie.   On the way we passed a cool old train, and thought Рhey, can we ride that?  It turns out that you can.  So we went to the Northwest Railway Museum, bought tickets, and rode the train to North Bend and back.   The train also goes to the top of the falls, great view.

The train ride was followed up by a very yummy (and a little spendy) dinner at Woodman Lodge in Snoqualmie. ¬† It is actually a really nice restaurant, and we’ll keep it in mind for a place that we can take future guests.