The end of an extreme weather weekend: sun, rain, hail, snow, warm, cold, clear, cloudy, rain, drizzle, fog, mist but no high winds.
This was from the front yard this afternoon as another system moved down from the North.
After the snow the skies cleared…
…in time for a short, sharp, hail storm.
We now have low stratus and drizzle.
Excitement with some early spring snow overnight, led to small snow-person building in the garden.
"An inch? That’s nothing" said Gran "we had two last weekend!"
F took Fay out for the day to Woodland Park Zoo.
A small egg hunt in the garden yesterday. Matt and I lost count of the number of eggs hidden, I suspect we’ll be finding them for months to come.
With ~20 kids running around, I was surprised to realize that nearly all the mums had vanished…
…they had succumbed to the temptations of cake.
Cake, they like cake.
Fay assures me that people left with cake, lots of cake; but I still think it was all eaten.
Thanks to everyone for bringing such lovely cake, puddings, deserts, pastries, more cake etc.
More next time?
Way cool. Circa. 1940 Harley.
There’s a big American Sycamore tree in the garden.
In the summer it shades the sand pit and soccer pitch.
In the autumn it dumps huge leaves all over the garden.
In the winter it lets the sunsets sneak into the family room.
In the spring, actually I can’t remember what it does in the spring.
Time (again) to burn off some energy, so the usual plan down at Cottage Lake Park:
cycle the circuit; play in the playground; beat dad at basket ball
Fay caught us up in time to get a quick basket or two.
The boys had a sleep-over
so we burnt off some energy at Idylwood park.
H spotted one of the Eagles while swinging.
Hat and poles.
Gaiters and boots, with all terrain drive attached.
(A proper walk)
A plan to summit Mount Pilchuck turned into a workout slog up forest service road 2124.
What would have been a nice 2 hr hike to the starting point at the trail head with snow shoes… wasn’t.
1. In winter, check trail head accessibility as well as planned route.
2. Long hikes to trail heads are easier with snow shoes and/or x-country ski’s (when there’s snow around that is).
3. Snow cover on the ground is very dependent on tree coverage.
4. When a nice alternative like Heather Lake presents itself, go for it.
H as the look out at West Point…
…while F played in the drift wood.
When we got down to the beach there
was lots of big sky to gaze at…
…rock pools to investigate…
…and drift wood to play beneath…
…and balance on.
Oh, and various combinations of the above.
As we walked slowly down to West Point
and West Point lighthouse.
The boys demonstrated the quickest way down a flight of steps with various jumping styles. But, I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to capture the double back flip with 720 twist.
Spring is here (it remembered the date) with buds opening all over the forest.
H snapped us with the green bee on the bridge. You won’t remember the bridge because I didn’t post that pic ;-)