Saturday, August 27, 2016

Going Ape

Standing by the Going Ape Sculpture
Going Ape is a Mega Geocaching Event held in August every year at Iron Horse State Park - Hyak. This was our first time attending. Description below of the event

The APE is found in the rugged, snow-capped Cascade Mountains, just a short drive from Seattle, where you can walk through the spooky 2-mile-long Tunnel of Light, find one of the oldest caches in Washington, and visit the APE tribute cache. Plus, we hear that Sasquatch and Fen Dweller have been sighted in the area - so watch out!

We only walked the tunnel and went on top.  We did not make it all the way to the tribute cache.  The Snoqualmie Tunnel is 2.3 miles long and we walked it to the end and back.  It felt wonderful on a hot day. We did find the Fen Dweller in the tunnel. The tunnel was quite busy with bikes and hikers. This is totally the year of the rail trail.
Hubby and I after walking one way through the tunnel
We also got a chance to hike to the top of the tunnel entry.  I wish I had gotten a picture of people on the top. 
Boys on Top of Tunnel
We also had the opportunity to do a lot of lab caches.  Theses are special caches.  One of the lab caches was a lock pick cache.  All the boys managed to pick the lock.

We turned in our Ape Tag for a Glow in the Dark Special Edition Ape Coin.  Check out Spotting Ape to see how we found our tag.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Linky Love

 Summer is winding down for some of us.  These are some interesting videos and links I found this week.

New Edible Park Opens in West Seattle

Michael Bennett setting up Book Club for Seattle Seahawks - I think this is really cool.  I am already a big Michael Bennett fan.  Apparently the first book they are going to read is Outliers.

Very Large Herd of Mountain Goats Gathers Near Mt Baker - Mt Baker is in Washington State  and I can see this large mountain from my house.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

T-Shirts with a Message - #10

In honor of Value Village's 99 cent t-shirt sale, that is happening today.  I thought I would do a round of T-shirt humor.  As long time readers know, I love a t-shirt with a slightly inappropriate saying or picture.  My form of entertainment is to go to Value Village and browse the t-shirt section for gems. Here a few I found earlier this summer.

Monday, August 15, 2016

What I Read August

Summer brings many things.  I like to read a bit lighter during the summer. Check out what everyone is reading at Modern Mrs Darcy's Quick Lit Link Up.

My parents left me two David Baldacci books.  I read The Simple Truth on a road trip.  It was the perfect book for that kind of adventure.  This legal thriller involves the highest court land, the Supreme Court and a death row inmate.

This book has a few miles on it after
traveling with my parents and then me.
Hammer Head: A Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin  I picked up on a whim.  It is about a journalist that changes careers to become employed as a carpenters assistant.

Nina decided she was tired of clicking on things for a living. By clicking things, I mean computer work. I can relate to that.  I have this need to create something physical. Overall, this started out a bit clunky to me.  It was written in a similar style as Dirt Work.  They both broke down the chapters based on the tools they used. I am not sure I like this as a literary device.  I am of the camp just tell me the story and less about educating me on the different tools. Nina has an interesting woman mentor, Mary, and I loved when she talked about all the different jobs they did.  So if you want to indulge your inner Nicole Curtis or hammer holding blog goddess Ana White, check this one out.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


Tired of the Olympics and Back to School Shopping.  Here are some links for your enjoyment.

Maybe We Should Stop Entertaining Our Kids So Much

5 Ways to Simplify Summer - I know some have headed back to school but  a select few of us are still rocking summer.

The New Psychiatry: Forget Everything That You Ever Knew About Mental Health - This article is a bit skewed in my opinion but I keep running into this argument.  There is some valid points in the midst of all the rest.  Take this one with a grain of salt.

You have to watch the design reveal for Emily Henderson's  Nanny.  This is so sweet.

What Normal Look Likes

Cleaning Secrets of Hotel Maids

Friday, August 12, 2016

Transition - What NOW

I have been documenting my son's transition from high school to the real world.  
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Have you ever felt limbo?  Well, I think that is what this "in between" is what my kid is feeling.  He applied to DVR  and the school transition program doesn't start until this fall.  My kid wants to work. I love that!

I am going to go dark on the transition subject.  My son turned 18 so this is totally "his story" now. There is a lot I would like to share but I want to preserve at least a bit of my son's privacy on this blog.

HOWEVER, I still plan on sharing all the interesting autism/mental health links I come across. I am always open for questions on autism, transition and mental health in the comment section.

Interesting Linky's


Do Alternative Treatments for Autism Work?

Autism 205 - Understanding the Developmental Disability Administration (DDA):New Pathways to  Future - This was really helpful to me understanding the DDA and their services.  It is complicated. This is specific to Washington State.

Rebecca Burgess' Comic Redesigns Autism Spectrum to Crush Stereotypes

Diagnosing Depression in those with Autism I wish I had knew about this earlier.  This article does a really good job of discussing this.

US Dept of Education Releases Guidance to Schools on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities -  As I have said from the beginning, all students can benefit from positive behavioral supports and social skill training.

Shocking New Role Found for Immune System: Controlling Social Interactions - I am interested to see some more research on this.  It is really intriguing.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Trash Can Potato Harvest

Well, this is the smallest potato harvest I have from my trash can growing container. More details about growing potatoes in a garbage can here.This year I did reds and purple potatoes.  It was my first time doing purple potatoes.They are pretty awesome.

really purple inside.

I turned my harvest into roasted potatoes with sausage. YUM!

It is so pretty.