The Kaleberg Journal - December 2016


12/07 - Christmas Conservatory

Every Christmas we try to check out the seasonal display at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Sometimes they are closed for remodeling or the like, but this time they were open and the train was running. We admired the orchids and carnivorous plants as we always do, but particularly enjoyed the charming Christmas village. Then, we warmed up with the cactus.

Still in Seattle

Christmas railroad

Santa's chair

Poinsettias and nutcrackers

Christmas village

Christmas tree stand

More of the village

We almost missed the Christmas raccoons.

Cactus, perfect for the winter season

Keywords: christmas


12/03 - Christmas in Seattle - Part 2

Here is some more Harry Potter in gingerbread and some more Seattle street scenes around Christmas. We are definitely getting into the spirit of things.

Dumbledore & Fawkes

A gingerbread street scene

Magic in action

We love the little details.

Another closeup

Seattle streets

Another street scene

More Christmas magic

The big tree

Macy's star

Another Seattle street

Keywords: christmas, seattle


12/02 - Christmas in Seattle - Part 1

We are just back from a few days exploring Seattle. We love the city around Christmas. It really makes us appreciate short nights and electric lighting. We watched the sunset, then we set forth for the Sheraton lobby where we admired this year's gingerbread competition. This year each confection was based on one of the original Harry Potter books, so we had a fine time exploring Hogwart's and reuniting with the old gang.

The sunset starts

The sunset continues

The city after dark

Hogwart's in gingerbread

Another Christmas scene

Rowling really did capture the magic of Christmas.

It looks good enough to eat.

More magic

Is that the goblet of fire?

An old friend down in front

Another confection

Keywords: christmas, seattle


The Kaleberg Journal - November 2016


11/17 - Lake Angeles, At Last

It was probably the spaghetti and meatball dinner. We were seriously carb loaded, so we made it all the way up the Lake Angeles Trail to the lake. The trail was as beautiful as ever, and it was great to get back to some of the alpine outcrops as we neared the lake. Then we saw the first snow. There was a bit here and there on branches. Then there was a thin layer underfoot as we headed up the "chute" to the lake.

The lake itself, nestled in its bowl of mountains, was stunning. Snow has already been accumulating up at four thousand feet. The temperature at the parking lot had been 37F, but it was only 34F higher up. We crunched around on the snow for a bit and enjoyed the views of the crags and snow covered trees on the slopes. It was cold, so we only stayed for a while. Then we walked down, slowly descending as the temperature rose. By the time we neared the car, the temperature was decidedly balmy.

It was an amazing hike, and we owe it all to spaghetti and meatballs.


An icy scene

The lake and mountains

Mushrooms and frost

Across the lake, the little island

More frost

Green trees

Another view of the lake and mountains

Snow on the ground

Green mosses in the high country

The trail

Seen en route

Keywords: lake angeles


11/09 - Lake Crescent Rainbow

We saw a rather dramatic rainbow the other day out at Lake Crescent. You can see its reflection on the water.

Signs and portents

Keywords: lake crescent, atmosphere


The Kaleberg Journal - October 2016


10/29 - Halloween Party

We held our first Halloween Party in nearly a decade and decided to serve some old favorites and a couple of new dishes. Lenore, our Halloween spider, was mistress of ceremonies in her web, and she presided over an appropriately spooky meal. We made our devil burgers with Parker House rolls, buffalo sliders and little red pepper devil horns and a batch of sausage mummies wrapped in strips of puff pastry. Black squid ink pasta with black trumpet of death mushrooms was a surprise favorite. Those tentacles on the table are emerging from our black kale salad.

UPDATE - We had 197 trick or treaters on the big night. That’s a new record for us.


Lenore presiding

Black kale salad

Sausage mummies and black pasta

Devil burgers

Appropriately lit

Keywords: halloween


10/22 - First Snow on Hurricane Hill

Hurricane Hill was windy and cold, and the first snow has fallen. Obstruction Point Road is already closed, and it looks like we are having an early winter. The Hurricane Hill Trail started below the snow line, but we could see a lot more snow on the Olympic Mountains and snow on Mount Angeles early on. As we neared the summit, we saw the first snow by the trail. There wasn’t all that much snow, but this part of the mountain faces south. We could see a lot more snow on the north face, and the little seasonal lake has reformed after having dried out this summer.

The wintry air and clouds played tricks with the light. There were bands of crepuscular light as the sun shone through gaps in the clouds. There was even a bit of a light column glowing brightly with the sunlight reflected and concentrated by ice crystals. There wasn’t much of a view as we made our ascent, but at the summit the clouds blew past, so we had great views on our walk down. We often tell people to take the trail even when visibility is limited as things are likely to change. We were well rewarded for taking our own advice, but by the time we returned to our car, the clouds had started to close in again.


A last bit of color

Mountains and sky

The summit and the first snow

Crepuscular light

Mount Angeles snow

The north face

Snow on the trail - Doesn’t that look like winter?

Almost like autumn again

Autumn color

More shafts of light

A light column

Keywords: hurricane hill, obstruction point, winter


10/20 - Barnes Point and Marymere Falls

The big wind storm seems to have spared Port Angeles and the immediate vicinity, but outside of the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains there was wind to spare. We checked out Marymere Falls and found plenty of windfall. Trees had fallen across the trail, but we made our way to the roaring falls. We had planned to head up Barnes Creek a bit, but the wind fall and brush were too much for us. Instead we went back the long way passing by the lodge. We followed the river down to the lake proper, then cut back inland.

Some fallen trees

Some more fallen trees

Autumn color

Barnes Creek

Marymere Falls

More color - This has been a great year.

The creek again

Emerald forest

More of the creek

Even more water

Down by the lake

Keywords: barnes creek, marymere falls, port angeles. autumn


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