We took the scenic way home from Rachel’s, dropped Rebecca and Aaron off, and then came home and whipped up a delicious risotto for dinner.
The next day we stopped by my nephew Jared’s new house, and then had a fun family get together at Noreen and David’s.
Then, FINALLY, we had one glorious, clear summer day on Hood Canal. Jake went for a hike with us and then we met up with James for dinner.
These are two pictures from the same place, taken at about the same time of day. The first is from one of the smoke-filled days, the second one was taken 5 days later.
I MUCH prefer this one….
We headed west with a mission to see where the Pacific Ocean meets the state of Washington.
Along the way, we stopped in Aberdeen, home of Kurt Cobain, former frontman of Nirvana. We stopped at a modest but touching memorial to him.
We thought this sign at the neighbor’s house was especially funny.
And we did finally make it to the coast. It was our first smoke-free day, and it was lovely. We spent a day at Ocean Shores…
And another clear sky day at the coast, this time at Westport…
We spent the night at our niece, Rachel’s, new home, joined by Fran, Aaron, Rebecca, Noreen and David. We had fun exploring the area and enjoying our time together.
The next day, we drove to Colleen’s house. She cooked pulled pork, from scratch, and it made for delicious sandwiches. We visited with her, Lee and Jake all night. The next morning we headed to Whidbey Island for a day trip.
The smoke and haze was very bad. But it’s a beautiful destination.
Whidbey Island Distillery makes a nice whiskey, and delicious berry liqueurs. They use a continuous still, homemade – see the copper pipes and tubes in the second picture below.
I walked down to the beach to get a view of the Deception Pass bridge…We popped into the Admiralty Point lighthouse…Then we hopped the ferry to Port Townsend…VERY smoky. This is a shot from the deck of the ferry of the sun setting over the beautiful Olympic Mountains. 🙂
Sky on fire. Burgers on grill.
There were good winds today, pretty steady at 20 knots, so we headed to the lake. We washed a thick layer of pollen off the boat and then we were good to go. We sailed for a couple hours and then picked up Michael and Amber for more sailing and then enjoyed sunset back in the slip.
A good day…
Wednesday morning I set my alarm for 4:30 am, got up, and looked out the window; overcast skies and foggy. I told myself that it was unlikely I’d get a shot of the first-in-150years-super-full-blue-blood moon. I went back to bed without taking a step outside.
So, I don’t have a photo of that. This, however, was taken yesterday morning while I was freezing and hiking around the woods. The moon is pretty, most days.
We’ve wandered a bit and saw some interesting things today.
We hung out at a park in Cross Plains, Tennessee with a couple hundred other people on the line of totality for the solar eclipse…
Some enterprising kids recognized it as a business opportunity…
Of course, we bought some.
And I took some pictures of the amazing display in the sky above…
ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/30 sec
ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/800 sec
ISO 200, f/8, 1/5000 sec
It was an incredibly amazing experience. I’m looking forward to the next one in Austin on April 8, 2024!
We raced in Friday night’s beercan regatta with Kurt. We came in 2nd! And it was a 3 boat race, at that. Light winds but a lovely sunset.
I used a tripod this morning with a long exposure and captured Venus (the brightest), then Mars (smallest, reddish), and Jupiter (just below Mars) together. If I zoom all the way in, I like to think I can also identify a dot washed out by the dawn near the tree tops that could be Mercury. If that’s true, I guess I technically have 5 planets in the same frame, if you count Earth. 🙂
Factoid of the day: the origin of the word “Thursday” is “Thor’s Day.” Thor is the Greek god of thunder, also known as the Roman god Jupiter. (according to wikipedia, anyway).
Today we set out for a day of crabbing. What a beautiful day! Sky was blue. Sun was out. We got our fill of crab – both dungeoness and rock crab. We boiled them up at home and were treated to an exceptional dinner.
At one point during the day, a bald eagle circled right above us for a while, riding the thermals. This was the best I could capture. Pretty bird.
I took a walk through our greenbelt and neighborhood after the immense amount of rain stopped falling. I looked up and was treated to this before sunset:
Mammatus clouds after the storm.
I woke up this morning extra early – given the time change yesterday. This was the glorious sunrise sky that lay right out side the front door. I was prompted to go out and take a look when i noticed that the light coming in through the windows was making the entire inside of the house glow pink.
And, what is that sparkle on the horizon? Could it be something new coming my way….?
We tried a new restaurant tonight. After arriving back at the house, the sky was lovely and pink. Good omen?
A little later the crescent moon popped into view.
And my fortune tonight:
We shall see…
The full Flower Moon.
We spent a nice day on the lake. We pulled anchor today and brought up a tree stump. I wish I had taken a picture but there wasn’t time. This stump was about 10-12 inches in diameter. A good 2 feet high. With roots, one of which was about 6 feet long. The windlass couldn’t handle the weight so I got to pull it up by hand. Whew!
We set anchor in the same cove tonight. Let’s see what we pull up tomorrow!