Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mt. Townsend with leaders

2011-12 Leaders by Southworth Sailor
2011-12 Leaders, a photo by Southworth Sailor on Flickr.

We had another successful climb up Mt. Townsend with our classroom leaders. The eight mile round trip hike to the 6200 ft. peak is a real challenge for some of the fifth grade students, but they always appreciate it when they make it to the top. Every year Don and I take turns cattle prodding the stragglers to the summit. The weather was fantastic and the wind at the ridge kept the bugs away. The views are of the neighboring Olympic peaks, the Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the cascades from Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainier. September is the perfect time for hiking some of the high trails.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

nuptials nostalgia

Lake Chelan by Southworth Sailor
Lake Chelan, a photo by Southworth Sailor on Flickr.

So far we have escaped Alzheimer's, so we don't have to worry about one of us taking Pat Robertson's advice! We celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary with a weekend in Leavenworth and Lake Chelan. Part of our agenda this weekend was to scout out a good getaway spot for our family summer outing next year. We stopped at Suncadia near Roslyn and checked out the resort facilities. Then it was off to familiar Leavenworth for shopping, dining and relaxing in our room with a view. Esther found a new home decor item and I found a pair of hiking boots on sale. (My twenty year old boots from Goodwill are going in the dump!) I also found a good book about cycling. On Sunday we went up to Lake Chelan to explore a couple of resorts and enjoy the town. We found a couple of possible spots that would suit the family. We'll have to see about availability. We escaped the rain, and Chelan was sunny, though quite windy.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wooden Boat festival 2011

Every couple of years I like to attend the annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. This weekend provided a great opportunity, so Esther and I went up to PT on Saturday. She got to take her time shopping in town while I soaked in the festival. I admire the warmth and beauty of wooden boats and sometimes consider building one, but I doubt whether I have the patience and time to pull it off. Many boats are started, but few are finished. Several of my favorites were there and it was fun talking to the owner/builders who obviously had a lot of pride in their craft. I was fortunate to talk to a world famous sailing adventurer about a new boat called a 'Scamp' and listen to one of my favorite boat designers from New Zealand. The weather of course made the experience additionally enjoyable. All that looking at boats yesterday gave me the sailing itch, so I took my boat out this afternoon. The wind died on me, but I was treated by a pair of of orca whales that passed by me at about 150 yards from my boat. FortunateIy no motorboats were following them and they disappeared after a few minutes. I checked the internet when I got home to see if others had reported sightings and it was confirmed by other reports from ferries and sightings from land.

Monday, September 05, 2011

dinghies, oysters and sunshine

An oyster BBQ has become a Labor Day tradition in the Eide clan. Because Mike and Marti needed to leave for Oregon, the party was on Saturday. It usually involves a trip to Taylor Shellfish Co. on Chuckanut Bay and a meal back at the Cain Lake cabin. This year we decided to have the BBQ down at the Shellfish Co. as they provide picnic tables and cookers for their customers. The weather was great except for the strong wind off the water. After adjusting tables and coals in a sheltered position, the party was on. Oysters were pried open and crabs were cracked apart as the Norwegians attacked their treasure. Then it was back to the cabin for blackberry pie and nanaimo bars, ending a great day of swimming, sailing and eating. I brought my dinghy along to the lake to join Bjorn with his dinghy. Not a lot of wind, but still had fun. Sunday we visited Bjorn and Jenny's church in the new downtown location and then enjoyed the sun at the nearby Maritime Park along Whatcom Creek and lunch at Old Town Cafe. We spent the remainder of the weekend in Greenwood enjoying the weather and family. On the way home we stopped and saw my mom who was all smiles.