It’s Friday!

We tried a nice Indian place for dinner.    I loved it.  We took the long way home and waited a half hour watching the sun set behind the Olympics.  Simply gorgeous.  If we waited another 20 minutes it would have been even more amazing.   Stay tuned.  🙂

  

Paddling around.

My mom’s sister is here visting, another is arriving this week.   Today they’re spending the morning together catching up.  So, I headed out to go kayaking near Hood Canal with Noreen, her friend Tammy and her son, Matt.  I think I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but it was a BEAUTIFUL day.   The water was flat and calm, and the tide wasn’t fighting us too badly.

My front row seat:

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This area is full of bald eagles.  Here’s a pair that were watching us as we went by:

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And yes, the obligatory panorama 🙂

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Motoring around the Sound.

Fran and Art took me for a boat ride today after work.  It was a treat, the weather was nice and the Sound was like glass.  Its amazing how fast you can get from one place to another by boat in these parts.

This is a view of the Olympics from Dyes Inlet, The Brothers peak on the left.
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And a view of the Seattle waterfront, from just off Blake Island, a ferry, hazy Cascades in the background, and the space needle far left.
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Sister time (and a little football).

The always stunning Olympic Mountains.
The always stunning Olympic Mountains.

Last night my mom and I went over to Noreen and David’s for dinner.  Colleen and Jake drove over and joined us.  After dinner we all sat around just telling funny stories for a couple hours.  It’s nice to laugh like that.  Everyone in my family is a comedian it seems…

Instead of driving all the way back to Seattle, Colleen and Jake slept at my mom’s, as we were planning on going to Francine and Art’s in the morning to watch the Seahawks game… a rare treat for me, since in Texas all that is usually on the networks is the Cowboys or the Texans (ho hum).

When I went out the front door to get the paper I was greeted by this stunning view of the Olympics.   They seemed particularly white today.

Francine whipped up some biscuits & gravy and mimosa’s — breakfast of football divas   🙂   Noreen and David came over after church and we all cheered and screamed at the refs until the Seahawks won in overtime.  Awesome!

Dec 16, 2010

Olympic view.

When my family first moved up to this area it was 1974.   In the preparations for yet another family move, in this case from South Carolina, I can recall being very excited about moving to a place with mountains and snow.  And I REALLY wanted a house with a fireplace.

Well, I wasn’t disappointed.   36 years later I still love the mountains.    And, I do still enjoy a fire in the hearth.   But the joy of the cutting/stacking/hauling of firewood that goes along with it — not so much.

This area is on the west side of the Puget Sound surrounded by the Olympic mountains to the west and the Cascade mountains to the east.   Long before I knew how to tell direction by looking at where the sun was in the sky, I knew to look for the mountains to get my bearings.

This is a shot of the beautiful Olympic mountains from outside of Seabeck.