Sunday, August 24, 2008
These falls are probably more spectacular in the winter when the water level is high, but at 270 feet, they're still a breathtaking tourist attraction around these parts.
And being that we were playing tourists in our own state, AND tour-guide for Shaun, we decided this was worth a stop.
Of course we took a few photos from the observation deck, it's a very picturesque spot, even if our mad photo skilz don't show it.
Since it was blistering hot and we had tourist-sort of shoes, we decided NOT to hike the crazy-steep straight-up-straight-down hike to the bottom.
You may recognize Snoqualmie Falls and the Salish Lodge (located directly above the waterfall) from the opening credits of the short-lived 90's cult classic "Twin Peaks" television series. (Yes, I'm a huge fan).
We took a moment to look around the lodge as well. There is a lovely gift store as well as an elegant award-winning restaurant (which I won't be able to afford any time soon, though I hear rumors that they'll custom create a fabulous vegan plate if notified ahead!).
On our way home, we stopped for coffee, and (non-vegan) ice cream for the (non-vegan) kids, at Twedes, the town's diner, known as "The Double R" during the filming of Twin Peaks where producer David Lynch immortalized their cherry pie. 18 years later, it's still pretty famous, I guess the sign helps.
OK, OK, enough of the TV-series trivia (for now). We had a great day.
And since we adults chose to opt out on the non-vegan ice cream, we went a little nuts when we passed the grocery store on the way back home, indulging our vegan ice-cream craving in a crazy-good way!
Behold, choices to make ANYONE happy!
(OK, we didn't eat NEARLY all of this). I liked the Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet, Shaun likes the coconut I think. We may have to do another taste-test.... or six....
Sorry, no recipes today, you'll have to enjoy the ice cream!