Volcanoes from the plane: (left to right) Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens (the flat one), and Mt Adams--this is why I always choose a seat that looks to the east....
I've just returned from a fabulous spinning retreat on San Juan Island, one of the San Juan islands group in the Salish Sea of northwest Washington, with 129 photos: 3 of the retreat and 126 of the incomparable views!
From the ferry....
The retreat was lead by well-known and well-respected and most certainly well-liked teacher Deb Robson. We spent 4 days concentrating on Shetland sheep and their fleece, a remarkably complex subject and one of natural interest to Fair Isle knitters (Fair Isle is one of the Shetland islands in the far north sea above Scotland). In the course of the retreat I had a chance to spin 12 different Shetland fleeces that encompassed many different qualities that you can find: different staple lengths, different fineness, different colors, different coatednesses (sure, why not? single vs double coat). Deb has been so very thorough in her research of this breed, and she communicated very clearly. I had a great time!
Greg and Marilyn spinning
The retreat was held at Lakedale Lodge--we took over the central lodge for spinning and visiting and watching videos of Shetland in the evening. Deb structured this event as a retreat: we spent 3 hours each morning learning and trying new fleeces; after lunch the afternoon was free; and then after dinner we met up to watch videos and listen to music. SO very relaxing and fun! I went with my friends Marilyn and Greg, but I left with many more friends.
Sunrise over the Cascades
Two mornings we set off in the early morning dark to watch the sunrise over the Cascade Mountains and Mt Baker.
Sunset over the Olympics
One afternoon we drove around the island, stopping wherever we chose. The sunset over the Olympic Mountains was stunning.
One day Greg and I spent 3 hours on the inter-island ferry, knitting and watching the scenery in the most relaxed manner.
A week of clear, cold weather in the Pacific Northwest is rare in November--I couldn't have been happier to revisit Washington this way. I flew home with a big bag of Shetland samples and a clutch of realtor brochures, dreaming of a long-term return to this place I love.