Highway Nine Barns

A few weeks ago we traveled on highway 9 to get to the Mt. Baker Scenic Highway and back home again. These are some of the barns we saw along the highway. This one above is tucked among lots of nice greenery.

Weathered red a-frame barn.

A brand new barn.

A clean white barn.

An advertising barn.

A weathered barn with two silos.

Linking up with Tom the Backroads Traveller for The Barn Collective.

At church this morning we prayed for all those suffering from the disasters around the world and the U.S.A., earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, flooding, tsunamis and tornadoes. The good news from the Puget Sound Area is that we are seeing blue skies again and we can see the mountains in the distance again because the smoke has been washed away. I am so grateful to see this improvement and to take a good deep breath. While I type I’m watching Fox News with their full time coverage of Hurricane Irma.

Barns Along Hwy 9

Driving home on highway 9 on our August 15th day out to the Mt. Baker Scenic highway I spotted several barns. The problem with barns along a highway is that when you are driving at over 50 miles an hour and you aren’t the only car on the road you can’t just stop on the highway to take a photo. As the passenger I had to snap away and hope the photos came out okay.

This particular barn had it’s own parking lot because it happened to be the North Trailhead of the Centennial Trail.

Tracy Tallman contributed this People’s History account of the family of Kamezo (1883-1975) and Miye Nakashima and their Snohomish County farm. Kamezo and Miye Nakashima were among the earliest Japanese families to farm within Snohomish County. They purchased their farm, located near Arlington, on July 31, 1937, from Sophie Frye Bass (1866-1947). They operated it as a dairy farm until 1942, when, during World War II, Executive Order 9066 forced the Nakashimas into internment camps along with nearly 120,000 first-generation Japanese immigrants and their American-born citizen children. On April 15, 1942, the Nakashimas were forced to sell the farm, and members of the large family were sent to different internment camps. Upon their release, Kamezo and Miye relocated to Seattle, where they managed the Marion Hotel.

The rest of the essay with some historical photos on the Nakashima Family and their farm can be found here.

I’ll be linking up to The Barn Collective hosted by Tom The Backroads Traveller.

We are having a mostly quiet weekend here. We’ve got a cut of pork on the Traeger that will cook low and slow for dinner. Dear finished upgrading our closets in our master bedroom suite with new doors and new shelves and hanger bars. I forgot to take a before photo, oops. I’ll share a couple after shots soon while things are still nice and tidy.

Autumn Mosaics

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We took a drive a couple of Mondays ago to see what we could see along Hwy 9 and Hwy 20 north of Seattle in Washington state.

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We saw some lakes we hadn’t seen before like Big Lake.

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It was a beautiful drive for the hours we had until the rain came in.

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Along the Skagit River in Rockport.

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This afternoon Josh, Laura, and I attended the final season game of the Sounders Soccer Team and said goodbye to a fan favorite player Zach Scott. Winning this game means we are now headed to the playoffs. We are happy fans. We also had a wee visit from our dear daughter in law and her Granny who were on this side of the mountains for a memorial service for Granny’s brother. It was a great afternoon from start to finish.

Linking up to Mosaic Monday hosted with Maggie at Normandy Life.