Archives for November 2009

Muddy Ride

Muddy Ride

Another Chair in the Woods

two chairs in a wood

Some more woodland seating .

Sunset at Rays

Sunset & the Olympic Mountains

Sunset at Rays, with the Olympics peaking through above and below the cloud,

Harvey does clams

Finn does clams

and the obligatory bowl of clams.


Ewok not quite on the beach

Ewok looking handsome almost but not on the beach at Discovery Park.

Autumn Leaf


Kayak Man


Just off the beach at West Point. I think he’d been practicing rolling. Hardcore.

Family Snaps

Family (most of)

A quick snap on the way down to the beach…

All five of us

…and another right on the edge of the path that runs along the edge of the beach, and I’m in this one too!

Discovery Park Black Friday

Olympics from Discovery Park

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when consumer Christmas starts and everyone goes shopping (except of course those that don’t go shopping). Apparently, it’s known as Black Friday after the crowds and traffic congestion experienced because of the excess of shoppers in Philadelphia in the late 1960s.

It's a stones through

For our tradition, we walked down to the beach and threw stones at the water.

It was this big


Which was fun, except Ewok couldn’t join in (he’s banned from the beach and can’t throw stones anyway).

Board Walk

This was the only non-muddy bit of the walk.

Proper walk

And yes, ‘twas a proper walk!



H got his Bobcat badge. Well done!
It stays upside down until he’s done a good deed.

Chef F

Shrimp and Avocado with an old school Marie Rose Sauce

F cooking the shrimp for “Shrimp and Avocado with an old school Marie Rose Sauce” from Jamie’s Food Revolution (aka Jamie’s Ministry of Food for overseas readers).
Fantastic. Pass it on.


98027 LADOT

98027 LADOT

Los Angeles again for another PDC, and some more hotel room views .

Windows 7 @ PDC

Windows 7; Azure; Silverlight 4; Office 2010. What’s in a name?


Cute pair

The best bit about wet beaches is the cuddle you get when your paws are dried.

Waldron Island

Waldron Island

Turtleback Mountain

Turtleback Mountain Preserve

Ship peak trail

A great little hike up to Ship Point on Turtleback Mountain. Steep going up but the views were fantastic.

F on the trail

Lego shop ahead?

Ewok ahead

F found the going a little hard at first, but magic signs on the trail soon had him whizzing upward.

A wet lunch, but a grand view

Our lunch spot was out of the wind but got damper as the rain set in…

We're dry here

…we didn’t get too wet though!

Bench View


What a bench

What a bench. What a view.

Evening to Night

Evening beach walking

Evening walk with Fay and the three boys along the beach as the chilly sun sets

Night view from West Beach

leaving an amazing glow on the horizon as the next days storm rolls in.

H & Dad @ Sunset on the pier

H at sunset

Dancing Dad

Lost Memories

Lost memories

On a rock at Obstruction Pass Park.
There might be a name and address on the card, or maybe a virus. Should I look? Whatdoyouthink?

Obstruction Pass Park


Down a winding track past Olga is Obstruction Pass Park .
The website says this is one of Orcas islands ‘lesser known hiking areas’, and when we visited we were the only ones there.

Cliff top (it wasn't high)

Our beach

There was a hard on-shore wind blowing on the south beach, but the boys found a great spot in the lee looking out on to the sound.

Mum with Ewok

Finn & Ewok

A perfect spot for Ewok posing…

Kite flying

…and kite flying.

Luvly. And made even better buy a bowl of warming soup at the Olga Cafe on the way home.

Deer, deer, deer.

Oh deer

One deer


Two deer

Spot the deer

Spot the deer

West Beach

Orcas Sunset

West beach

It’s views like these that make you want to go back .

So we did. Very, very lucky.

Cascade Lake Loop

Cascade Lake Loop

Cascade Lake has a loop. It makes a very nice walk, about 2.7 miles all the way around.

Crossing new bridge

There’s a new bridge across the lagoon

Ewok leading on the trail

and it’s Ewok-friendly too.

Moss face

With mossy spots to turn into happy faces

Cascade lake

dramatic views of the lake

Road runner

and only two roads to cross (or one, twice).


Fay & Ewok on the trail

Downhill, fast: Just before I caught him

Growing Family

Fay, F & Ewok

Happy F

H caught running

A little leg stretcher on the way up Mount Constitution.

Mount Constitution (the return)

San Juan Islands

Element view

We returned to Mount Constitution for some awe inspiring views of the San Juans

Admiring the view

But this time the top was in thick cloud (with a cold blustery wind) so the view was not-so-good.

Outside the castle gates

F was not so impressed!

Note: This post was updated on 2020-12-19 to fix broken links

Night time ferry adventure

ferry tracking

The ferry was almost empty (apart from Friday Harbor’s High School football team) and the only way to figure out where we were was with the GPS thingy in the car…

End of season parties

Flying Saucer Pizza

H’s team had their end of season party at Flying Saucer Pizza.

Flying Saucer Pizza

So did F’s :-)