San Juan Island

28 07 2008

We’ve made it an annual tradition to go up to the San Juan Islands for our anniversary…I love this tradition. 🙂 We just got back from another relaxing trip. We stayed on the west side of San Juan Island (the main of the 4 publicly serviced islands), about 2 miles from Lime Kiln Point State Park.

You can see our little guest house to the right of the big house. This was taken from the lighthouse – where we saw the whales last year! LPOD!

The view from our balcony of the Lime Kiln Lighthouse. Also a little closeup.

 

Some of the decor in our guest house. Hmmm. Wonder if anyone decorates with these pears around Christmas time….

Just a funny little comapny called downtown dogs. A shuttle comes to pick up these pups every day and takes them to school. The shuttle comes right through downtown and they all have their heads out the window checking out the tourists. We got several good laughs over that silly shuttle.

We didn’t see any Orcas this year (boo), but we did see many eagles, foxes, and this young buck made a stop by our place. This was taken from the kitchen window.

One afternoon we took a nice hike to a point above Lime Kiln. We were so high up, it was an amazing view. Look how little those kayakers look to me!

 

Back at the guest house, we saw a bunch of excitement over at the park, so we trekked out to the water’s edge to see if we could see the whales. No whales. They just wanted to be south the whole weekend. Sad 😦

Only my husband can have a genuine smile on the way home from vacation. I was sad and acting bratty on the ferry, he’s just taking it all in appreciating the relaxing weekend we just had.

I love beautiful sunsets. Sigh, we’ll be back again soon!

Advertisements




Aaaargh…Seafair is here, matey!

24 07 2008

Last year we were away for our neighborhood’s annual Seafair festivities, we were delighted to be able to attend this year.

Seafair is an annual, month long festival with events all over Seattle each year. Everyone gets in the spirit, there are even some great traditions that come with the festivals. We’ve been to the Torchlight Parade, gasped at the daring moves of the Blue Angels, saluted our troops as they bring the Naval Fleet into Elliott Bay, but we had not experienced the joys of the Greenwood Seafair Parade. Granted, it’s not as flashy and doesn’t carry the same “Seattle Marine Clout” as those previously mentioned, but it’s pretty cool to have a big parade come to your neighborhood (literally a couple blocks from our house!).

There were tons of kids on unicycles to kick off the parade. Here were the two on the tallest ones, I’m glad no one fell.

Did you know police officers ride Harleys? I had no idea until last night. They did some cool formation driving that were impossible to capture with my slow camera.

Ah, I have never been good at the self photo.

What an awesome dog!! He’s harnessed and carrying a wagon of stuffed animals. I was so excited that I forgot to even see what they represented.

Such good irony. The ugly pink truck with toes is a towing company in Seattle. The tow truck BROKE DOWN in the middle of the parade so they had to push it down the street to the next intersection. Good stuff. They were “in a jam.”

This one is hard to see, but it is a salmon and a storm drain. Our neighborhood is right on a critical salmon creek so there are always big efforts to keep people aware of what is going in the storm drains to be on high alert for our tasty and environmentally important pink friends.

The Seafair Pirates. They are insane. They have some veeeeery interesting stories that are…uh, not appropriate to share…you can google, can’t you? This was their grand entrance to the parade. The guy walking ran up to kids and pretended to kill them with his sword. The little boys run around the parade with patches on their eyes and plastic swords screaming “aaaaaaaaargh” the whole evening 🙂

The pirate ship. They literally go around “pirating” boats during the next weekend’s events (Blue Angels, Hydro Races, Navy arrival, etc). They’re nuts.

This was just as the cannon shot off. I forget how loud it is. I was shaking for a few minutes after it and you can see I jumped in the picture, I didn’t realize the cannon was coming!!





Free: One tomato on giant plant available for Rabid Raccoon

23 07 2008

Finally! We have some fruit. The next trick is making sure the 30 pound raccoons cruising our yard for food and shelter don’t eat them.





Two Years…

22 07 2008

It seems a lot has happened in the last two years. Two years ago today, Scott & I stood and said ‘I do.’ What a fun two years it has been! Happy anniversary, love!





Independence Day…In Canada!

16 07 2008

First off, my apolgies for the format, wordpress and I are on the outs again 🙂

Well, I’m really behind in blogging, aren’t I? We’ve had a whirlwind last few weeks of camping, celebrating Independence Day with some good friends and heading back down to Big D for a Big W!

For the 4th this year, our friends Liz & Myron invited us to a very special family cabin just barely north of the Washington border. We had such a great time, and Liz’s family is so very kind and are such gracious hosts!

We left on Wednesday after work in a crazy thunderstorm (hail and all). We drove all the way to far NE WA that night, but not without a few stops. We introduced M&L to Sonic Drive In (the only one in the state is in Spokane). We shared some cheesey tots and each got a cherry lime slush. I felt like I was back in high school!

We stayed the night in Liz’s childhood home and got up the next day to work remotely and then head on to Christina Lake. You have to boat around to the cabin as there are no roads to get there. I think there were two happy campers (below) on that boat ride!

Myron & Liz

The view off the back of the boat, we were just trying to take it all in.
 
Almost immediately after we unloaded the boat, Myron wanted to try out his new wakeboard.
I was really interested in soaking in the views. These are the views standing on the dock looking north and south. It’s hard to believe places like this still exist. Thank God they do!
 

Liz’s folks took a canoe ride our first full day. They went to visit some neighbors just down the shoreline.
After a really rough day of eating delicious home made food, reading, watching a thunderstorm roll through, and some more eating, we took a “cocktail cruise.” This is a nightly event when at the cabin. You grab a beer, some yummy snacks, and drive slow around the shoreline to check out all the cabins. As you can see Scott was our driver on night #1, and we ladies were hecklers in the back.
   
For a short while, we thought this giant german shepard swimming toward us (we were all the way out in the middle of the lake) was a baby moose. As he got closer, we realized he was just a giant pup. We led him to shore, but I think he wanted to cruise with us.

Moose-Shepard

 Once we got back it was time to… have more food! The men gathered around the fire to grill some delicious steaks. The night was spent playing fun games around a fire.

 

 

Liz the wonder-skier managed to get out after some more rainshowers on day 2. I think Diesel (the fabulous dog that could knock small children over with his tail) wanted to go with her!

 

The crew (minus one happy reader) went for a hike to Treadmill Falls one afternoon. It was a great hike, the leader of the bunch made a typically 30 minute hike last about 15 minutes. Whew, I was exhausted!

I think Liz was about to fall, isn’t that great camera work on my part? (kidding, it was an easy log walk across a creek)

 

The falls and the crew that made the trek

What would a road trip be without Scott’s shenanigans and fast food? Well, a boring one, that’s for sure. I saw a sign for Beefalo and said it out loud. Next thing we knew, we were all eating a beefalo burger and reading about it’s beneficial qualities. Apparently there is a hybrid animal that is a cross between a bison and a cow. Hmmm. Please don’t ever make me watch that!

beefalo city

Thank you so much to Liz, Myron & family for the great trip, we see why it is such a special place for your family…we are honored you shared it (and gave us the Love Shack to boot).





Some More Camping Weekend Pictures

2 07 2008

Just some nice scenery shots. And then some shots of the rivers. WOW! The Cascades had 3 times the normal snowfall this year, and the rivers are certainly telling that story. They are just RAGING. Enjoy!





The Backyard Today

1 07 2008

My beautiful begonia basket hanging in the back yard. I want more of it, it’s so beautiful.

And remember this? Check it out now…you are all invited for tomato salads at our house in a few weeks!!

We did a ton of work on a part of our yard that is just… well, sad, a few weekends ago. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but I think it’s shaping up nicely. We planted some dwarf Rhodenderons, Hellabores, Salvia, and Sepums for the rocks. By next spring it ought to look incredible!