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Belle is a mother of 2 beautiful teenagers aged 19 and 18 years old. She is originally from Bato, Catanduanes. She loves fiddling around with computer on her free time.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Flashback..Mt Rainier Trip

Crab fat, anyone? Caught it myself.
Breathtaking Mt. Rainier, WA., taken with a Sony Cybershot 3.2 mega pixels
Close up of Mt Rainier

Last summer, we went to Seattle for my husband's side family reunion. The reunion was held in Packwood, WA, which is in close proximity to the beautiful Mt. Rainier. We were excited visiting WA. again since we once lived there before coming to AZ. Before we headed to the reunion, we spent a whole week of fun and adventure in Seattle. We went crabbing and fishing in an island in WA., the highlight of our trip. We brought ring traps and baits for the crabs. Once we secured the bait in the trap, we submerged it in the water. That easy! The trap was fastened to a rope, which we then tied around a sturdy post. We made sure that we checked the trap every half an hour. The most exciting part of crabbing is the pulling of the trap especially if it is loaded. The trick is to reel it in as fast as possilbe so the crabs have a slim chance of escaping. Hurry! Hurry! my friend would scream. We probably caught 10 crabs (combination of dungeness and rock crabs). As soon as we got home, we wasted no time boiling all 10 for 15 to 20 minutes. Then came the next fun part...feasting. I chose the biggest one and cracked the shell open. Juices squirted out! I was so excited to see the white-yellow fat inside the back of the shell. See picture above. It tasted so heavenly. What a delicacy!

Then we headed to Packwood for the family reunion. On our way over, we noticed that the cherries and blueberries were in abundance. We pulled in to the blueberry farm. I wasted no time helping myself to fresh, sweet, mouth-watering, little round fruits off the display. I probably had my fill from nibbling here and there. The owner didn't seem to mind..hehe. Nothing can really beat fresh fruits...they were delightful. We bought one flat and gorged on it everyday.

When the reunion was over, we drove to Mt. Rainier. We took a hike and went as near as possible to the top. It was breathtaking! There were many interesting things to see along the way. Took those 2 pictures above.


Dine said...

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it must have been a very exciting trip you had. and boy! the crabs (my favorite). catching them and eating them must be a different experience from just buying them in the market. btw, i have included you in my blogroll (if you don't mind), and i thought i have already included you long time ago.

Belle TH said...

thanks dine! i will include you too, if you don't mind. crab butter is really delicious!

niceheart said...

Love those pictures of the mountains! What a sight.

It must have been exciting to catch those crabs yourself. We only get the frozen ones here. And I seldom buy them because they're expensive.

Belle TH said...

yes, niceheart, it was fun catching crabs but you have to be careful that they don't pinch you.

salamin said...

Mt. Rainier looks fabulous! I was only able to get a glimpse of it from afar when I visited Seattle last year. Crabs...what can I say, I feel like drooling, they're so mouthwatering even just from looking at the pics. It's been eons since I last ate one. :)
Thanks for visiting my blog! Will include you in my blogroll btw. Hope that's alright.

Belle TH said...

hi salamin! please do. i will link you up too if it is alright.