Thursday, June 26, 2008

Whale Wishes

This year for my birthday we may not have gone somewhere tropically lovely like Fiji or Hawaii. But we did take a fun day trip "in our own back yard". The weather was glorious but, as always, I dressed optimistically and ended up being cold. Remember this: it's ALWAYS cold on a boat deck! Because I certainly didn't when it came time to dress. Anyway, we had a lovely time touring the various straits and seas of the Puget Sound (who knew it was collectively known as the Salish Sea?) and for our allotted 45 minutes, we were allowed to travel alongside some beautiful killer whales from the "J-pod" near San Juan Island. (We all know that they're neither killers (at least of humans) nor whales, correct?)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Intrepid Hikers

Today we enjoyed one of the few "fine" days we've had all spring by hiking up Mt. Si with our friends Jill and Jason. It's a trek at 4-miles to the top and about 3000 feet elevation gain, but the views from there are stunning. You can see Mt. Rainier, downtown Seattle, and of course the growing town of North Bend at the base of the mountain. We shared some of our lunch at the top with Gray Jays and chipmunks. This trail seems to be the hiking freeway of Seattle, so be prepared to share it with endless people.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Three Musketeers

The regeneration of nature brought about by spring is remarkable, especially with the ever increasing burden of man. What popped out of the bushes and started tumbling across our lawn a few days ago? None other than three fuzzy little raccoon kittens. We clambered outside, cameras in hand, to witness their incessant calling as they made their way from one garden to the next. In the end we decided they were probably still blind, as they never really seemed to look at anything. We haven't seen these cute little creatures since, and we can only hope that their mom was on a short hiatus when we saw them and hurried back soon afterwards to nurse them and keep them warm.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

They're Wild Ones!

They lay dormant all winter, their existence completely unbeknownst to us. Just recently, these beautiful wildflowers sprang up to decorate the hillside next to Lakemont Boulevard, the main road leading up to our house. I've made a few attempts to get a decent picture while driving, and finally have come up with something worth posting. We will miss this beautiful drive when we move to our new digs.