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Pia Mission Cemetery

Pia Mission and Cemetery

A friend recommended a Sunday drive destination for Hubby and I. She suggested Pia Mission Cemetery (Pia – pious or devout). The Catholic mission is a very scenic and easy drive from our home, and I have no idea how we had never heard of it in the many years that we have lived here.

Pia Mission and Cemetery

I cannot find any history of this mission when surfing the internet, nor is there a landmark sign with any information.

Pia Mission and Cemetery

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Pia Mission and Cemetery
Pia Mission and Cemetery
Pia Mission and Cemetery
Pia Mission and Cemetery
Pia Mission and Cemetery
Pia Mission and Cemetery

Two of the Stations of the Cross:

Pia Mission and Cemetery

The walls and ceiling are completely covered with stamped tin:

Pia Mission and Cemetery

Find A Grave calls this cemetery Little Mission Cemetery.

It is also known as the Kelly Hill Indian Cemetery, and is cared for by the families of those interred here.

Pia Mission and Cemetery

Chief James Bernard of the Lakes Band Colville Confederated Tribes.

Chief Andre Aurapahkin also of the Lakes Band of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Pia Mission and Cemetery

We were impressed by the patriotism represented here; there are many veterans.

And we wonder what stories this woman could share!:

Pia Mission and Cemetery

Stay healthy.

Stay safe.

Keep smiling.

See the world around you!

Saltar’s Point Park

We had a beautiful afternoon on the last day of our visit with our son and his family, so they took Hubby and I to Salter’s Point Park to enjoy the beach.

Saltar's Point Park

I loved it all…the sun, the ocean, the smells, the sounds, the colors, the textures, the critters, the train and the family time!

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Saltar's Point Park

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” -Isaac Newton

Saltar's Point Park
Saltar's Point Park

“To find a seashell is to discover a world of imagination.” -Michelle Held

Saltar's Point Park
Saltar's Point Park

“Don’t let the waves of others drown out your own ocean song. Hold your heart as though it was a seashell. And listen to it. Listen to its music. To the whispers of your ocean within. And then swim.” -S. C. Lourie

Saltar's Point Park
Saltar's Point Park

“Can I be as serene and simple as this bleached shell, rubbed smooth by wind and water, receiving and releasing, filling and emptying and filling again, eternally receptive to the currents of life?” -Katrina Kenison

Saltar's Point Park
Saltar's Point Park

“A beach is not only a sweep of sand, but shells of sea creatures, the sea glass, the seaweed, the incongruous objects washed up by the ocean.” -Henry Grunwald

Saltar's Point Park
Saltar's Point Park

Thanks Fam!

Saltar's Point Park

Stay healthy.

Stay safe.

Keep smiling.

See the world around you!

Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield

Hubby and I took a road trip and visited Steptoe Butte State Park. This 3,612-foot butte is a wonderful place to visit and view the surrounding Palouse (a major fertile agricultural area; the most important lentil growing region in the USA). The steptoes, or hills, are formed from lava flows.

Steptoe Butte

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Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte

The butte is named after Lieutenant Colonel Edward Steptoe.

Steptoe Butte

Steptoe Butte is a popular area for hang gliders, kite flying, paragliders, model airplane fliers and sight seers.

Steptoe Butte

From a photographer’s point of view, the best times to visit are sunrise and sunset, but the views are spectacular at any time of the day or season.

Steptoe Butte

Nearby, one can also visit Steptoe Battlefield…a sober reminder of the Battle of Pine Creek, where a conflict between  US Army forces under Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Edward Steptoe and members of the Coeur d’Alene, Palouse and Spokane Native American tribes took place.

Steptoe Battlefield

The land did not look so pastoral then. It was not farmed; it was scrubland and native grasses.

Steptoe Battlefield

Because of the many hills, it was also a difficult land in which to fight battles.

Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield

The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. -Jeff Miller

*I am in no way condoning any conflicts with anyone, only commemorating every veteran’s loss of life in the performance of his/her duty.

God bless the veterans!

Douglas Falls

Many of you know that I am taking a photography class.

Hubby and I took a drive to one of our favorite places, so that I could practice and catch up on homework.  We drove to nearby Douglas Falls Grange Park State Park.

My daughter, daughter-in-law, and niece are all beautiful girls interested in photography (and are becoming excellent photographers) and wanted to see what I was working on.

So this post is for them.

I was working on photographing water with different shutter speeds.  Here are the results:

Douglas Falls

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Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

See the world around you!

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Mt. Rainier Vacation

I had a vacation from work, so Hubby and I packed up and visited the kids.  I got a much needed family fix!

We also went to one of our favorite places to spend a vacation…Mt. Rainier.  You can see a few photos from previous trips by clicking here and here.

This time, I am going to share a lot of photos, so this will be a picture heavy post.  In fact, the next couple of blog posts will be picture heavy.   My good camera bit the dust some time ago, and has never been replaced, but the pocket camera does a decent job.

There is no internet/cell service at Mt. Rainier, but visiting in October is well worth the disconnect from the rest of the world!

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Mt. Rainier

In the past, Hubby and I have camped with a tent, but on this trip we stayed at the lodge in Longmire.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

The mountain was out!  This is the view when standing in front of the lodge.  As you can see, the weather was great!

We drove up to Paradise and spent time hiking up there.  One can spend days at Paradise as there are several trails to choose from.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Yours Truly hiking at Paradise.

Mt. Rainier

Myrtle Falls

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

The weather is quite changeable.  A snowstorm breezed through on the mountain while we were hiking. 

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Yes, the mornings were quite cool, but the fall color and majesty of the park are well worth the visit!