Three sentence movie reviews: The Magnificent Seven


This was homework watching due to the upcoming release of the remake, but I was happy to find it was enjoyable homework.  I enjoyed Brynner & McQueen’s chemistry and the gradual change of both the townspeople and the hired guns was a pleasure to watch.  It’s rare to find a movie this old that kept me interested for the entire run time* but this was one!

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

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*I often am bored during older movies, so much so that I recalibrate my expectations regarding pacing for films made prior to 1980.

Olympic Peninsula Vacation: Saying goodbye to the Log Cabin Resort and Matt orders a burger as big as his face.

One last picture of our cabin. I liked our cabin and the resort.  I did find it weird our cabin had no access to a water spigot.  It wasn’t a big deal for us, because we used a spigot from a nearby unoccupied campground, but were the resort full, it would have been weird to walk to the bathroom for water every time we needed it.  Also, the showers were pay showers, which was annoying.  And there was no place to do dishes.  Usually there is a water dump station.  When I asked at the lodge, they said to do them in the bathroom.  As the women’s bathroom did not have a faucet that worked properly, Matt was in charge of the dishes.  So there were some problems.  But overall, it was a nice, affordable place to stay.img_6374 img_6375

This was on the way home.  We stopped in Hoquiam, where we just missed some sort of parade.  Not only was it a huge burger, but the fries were top-notch too.img_6376 img_6377

Olympic Peninsula Vacation: Ozette Triangle

Here’s what I learned about Olympic National Park on this trip.  It’s BIG.  We were already staying in the park and the drive to the Ozette area was very long.  More than an hour.   Thank goodness we had Game of Thrones for Matt to read while I drove.img_6349

This blurry photo is to remind me we were at Point of Arches.  Anchoring photos are my favorite thing about digital photography.  Since I’m not worried about wasting film, I can always take pictures of signs.  In the future I will never have to wonder where the heck that pretty vista is from.img_6350

Learning about the area.img_6351

We were hiking the triangle.  Three miles of boardwalk trail to the beach, three miles of beach, three miles of boardwalk trail back.  Matt poses at the beginning.  I love how the sign has two different graphics saying that dogs are not allowed.  Dogs facing to the right? Nope.  Dogs facing to the left? Nuh-uh.img_6354

We did not spend any time at Ozette Lake, but that is it in the distance.img_6355

We went right, toward Cape Alava.img_6356

Our boardwalk. It wasn’t particularly slippery, due to it being early September, before the rains really start again.img_6357

Some tantalizing beach.img_6358

Matt on the beach. You can see how rocky and remote it is.  Looking at Google Maps, it seems that Cape Alava, where our first section of trail ends, is in the southern part of the Ozette Indian Reservation.  Interestingly, google maps shows the trail to Sand Point, but not the trail to Cape Alava.  It also marks Wedding Rocks, which were the petroglyphs that we missed.  This person saw them, though.img_6359 img_6360

Here’s the thing about this hike.  In our hiking book, it was a level 1 hike.  I chose it, because the hike from the day before was really exhausting.  (It was a level 3 hike).  This was not a level 1 hike!  Three miles of walking on sand, picking your way across rocks and over driftwood is not easy.  And three miles of not easy does not equal a level 1 hike.img_6361

As you can see, the tide is pretty far out as we began the beach walk portion.  By the time we made it to Sand Point you could see how much it had come in.img_6362

The driftwood was impressive.  You can barely see Matt standing at the other end of this tree.  So very tall!img_6363

Me on some rocks.img_6364

I was glad the tide was out for this part, because we would have had to climb a very steep incline to get over this point if the tide had been in.  Looking at the post from that person who did see the petroglyphs, I think this is the location.img_6365

Matt finds some seaglass.img_6367

Self-portrait.  img_6368 img_6369

Sand Point is along the horizon line.  We did not hike all the way out to the end of it. Instead we started on the third leg of the triangle.  You can see the tide has come in. No rocks are visible.img_6370

Only three miles back to the ranger station.img_6371

There were some very pretty lavender mushrooms.img_6372

The color didn’t quite come through in these photos.img_6373

Olympic Peninsula Vacation: A hike up Pyramid Mountain and a (half) dip in the lake.

Morning at the Log Cabin Resort.img_6314

More clear blue of the lake.img_6316 img_6317

Before we began our hike we wandered down to see the lake.  Though waiting until after Labor Day to visit meant a little too cold for swimming, it was nice to visit with relatively few people around.  It was mostly just us and old cheery retired hikers.img_6318

Moss steps. Peak Moss Month (PMM) must be really spectacular here.img_6319

Heading up to Pyramid Peak.  We started at lake level.img_6320

Matt crosses a very small stream. img_6324

More elevation gain.img_6325

This was the hardest part of the hike for me.  I felt like I was going to slide down the face of the gravel slide. img_6327

We’ve gained even more elevation.  We are at the top!  This is a nice view of the land bridge that separates Lake Crescent and Lake Sutherland.img_6328

There was a little too much cloud cover, but you can also see Canada from this location.  There were a few moments of clearing where I caught a glimpse.img_6329

It’s a long way down.  We met a hiker here who said her husband was kayaking around the lake while she hiked to the top of the mountain.  They had plans to wave to each other.img_6330

Matt outside the lookout tower, posing next to some graffiti.img_6331

I liked the cables on the lookout tower, which were added to keep it from blowing away.img_6338 img_6339 img_6340 img_6341 img_6343 img_6344

It was a long 7 miles, but we did it.img_6345

Random marker that seems to have nothing associate with it.img_6346

I attempted a post-hike swim, but only made it halfway into the water.img_6347

I took a picture of this to I could figure out what it was.  I did not figure out what it was.  The internet failed me.img_6348

A false start, the Spruce Railroad Trail and a walk around the Log Cabin Resort

The hike I had planned for today didn’t work because the road was closed, so we came back and did the Spruce Railroad Trail which was 8 miles round trip of mostly flat former railroad beds.img_6292

A view of the Log Cabin Resort, where we stayed.  You can’t see our cabin, it’s hidden behind some trees.  Next time I’d like to stay in one of the chalets.img_6293

Lake Crescent was a brilliant blue.img_6294 img_6295

Devils Punchbowl.  On hot days, people jump from the bridge.  It was not a hot day.img_6296

Matt exploring. img_6299 img_6301 img_6302 img_6303

We’ve reached the other end, now it’s four miles back.img_6304

More exploring.img_6305 img_6306 img_6307

Our cabin.img_6308

One of the points we could have used to enter Lake Crescent if it was warmer.img_6310

Boat ramp.  They had various things to rent, including stand up paddle boards.  We did not partake.img_6311

Matt and the lake.img_6312

Lots of good clouds.   img_6313

Olympic Peninsula Vacation: Lake Crescent, Sol Duc Falls and the road from Forks

We’re in the land of Twlight, (the book, not the movie) so I took to referring to the weather in vampire terms.  Today was party sparkly vampire.img_6269

As you can see, the lake was just outside our cabin.img_6270

We headed off to see Soleduck Falls.img_6271 img_6272

Bear country!  Luckily we weren’t camping.img_6273

More Olympic Park greenery.img_6274

This was an interesting waterfall because it split into three falls.img_6275

It wasn’t far from the parking lot to this waterfall, and it was also a launching point for many different trails so there were a lot of people taking pictures of Soleduck Falls.img_6276

The drop from the top of the falls to the river.img_6277

Blurry self-portrait. There was a young-dumb-and-full-of-cum-type guy off to our right, walking on the rocks where he shouldn’t have been.  I was waiting for him to slip and fall.img_6278

Because that fall wouldn’t be a pretty one.img_6279

We headed off for Lovers Lane Trail.  (No apostrophe) img_6281

Tall trees and greenery.img_6282

Having  a rest.img_6284

Our hike took us through Sol Duck campground.  I liked their way of visually depicting how many campsites were available, and for how many nights.  I think a red tag meant reserved for two or more nights.  Yellow maybe meant reserved for one night.img_6285

There are no pictures apparently, but we stopped at Soulduck Hot Springs.  It was nice.  They had three separate pools (hot, hotter and shallow for kids).  There was also a full-sized unheated pool.  Matt and I did hot/cold plunges.  Matt was not enamored of the smell.

We stopped to take a look for salmon.img_6286

Just like the sign promised, we did not see any salmon.img_6287

Logging truck.  Also, I was interested in this construction zone, which was operating without a flagging crew.  There were two temporary stoplights which were programmed to let alternating lanes of cars go.img_6288

I loved this little roadside stand.img_6289

So many fun bits of produce.  There were also books and other items such as an exercise bike.  I bought a zucchini for our dinner.img_6291

Olympic Peninsula Vacation: On our way, Lake Quinalt and Washington Beach #1

Blurry self-portrait, with bonus bra strap and detail of rear-view mirror tilter.img_6220

I was hoping for unseasonably warm, due to the fact we were staying at a lake.  But it seems I’m getting totally seasonable weather.  img_6221

It’s always fun to see what this billboard has to say when driving on I-5 on the way to Seattle/points north of Portland.  (Matt took this picture)img_6222

Instead of the normal I-5 drive to Seattle, we took a turn toward our destination:  the Olympic Peninsula. It took us through Aberdeen, not only the hometown of one Kurt Cobain, but also the Gateway to the Olympics.   I’m giving those quotation marks the side-eye.img_6223

We weren’t headed for the Ocean Shores (as inviting as those did sound) we were headed for Forks!  img_6226

I drove, Matt read.  We were alternating between Emma Mills First and Then and George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.img_6228

Our vacation area.  We stayed at one of the resorts on Lake Crescent. Which was inland a bit.img_6229

Our first hike was at Lake Quinault on the short Rain Forest Nature Trail.img_6230

Matt and a very tall tree.img_6231

It was many “Matts” high.img_6234

Greenery!  What the rain forest has in abundance.img_6235

This interpretive sign was placed so you could easily see the four types of tree.  See next picture.img_6236 img_6237

That’s Matt at the end of that hollow log.img_6238

Lots of stuff going on with the ground in a rain forest.img_6239

Matt in front of the Quinault Lodge.img_6240

We had to stop at this site, because a regular feature of the drive to the beach in Oregon is the World’s Largest Sitka Spruce.  Oregon’s specimen has suffered and is more of a stump now.  So let’s see what Washington’s has for us.img_6241

Looking tall!img_6242

Look at those stats! Who knew the American Forest Association awarded points?  And notice which state’s tree was a co-champion?img_6244

Matt took a closer look. img_6246

Big tree.  Can be measured in many, many, many Matts.img_6247

Our first view of the beach.img_6249

Big growth things on tree.img_6250

Not unlike Oregon beaches, this is full of driftwood. img_6254

It was mostly empty too, with the exception of this couple, whose primary reason to visit the beach seems to have been so the woman could pose in a variety of places while having her picture taken.  Matt and I were there for 20 minutes or so, and the photo taking was nonstop.img_6255

Photos are still happening as we pose for a self-portrait.img_6256 img_6257

I liked this little flower.img_6258

Our next hike of the day was Marymere Falls.   We left our weapons at home, so didn’t have to worry about if we should take them on the trail or not. 🙂img_6259

Creek and greenery.img_6260

Marymere Falls.img_6261 img_6262 img_6266

At the Log Cabin Resort, an interior view of our cabin.  It came with bedding which I wasn’t expecting.  img_6268