Archives for April 2010

Ewok the Sounders Fan

Ewok: Sounders Fan

Rumors that the whole family are football mad have been greatly exaggerated.

Jumping West Beach

West Beach Jumping

F making up for visitors being stuck overseas by jumping around West Beach Resort .
Camping tip: site number 30

West Beach Glitter

West Beach Evening

Sun goes down and everything sparkles.

Mount Baker

Mount Baker

Mount Baker with Lummi Island & Bellingham Bay.
Not much snow this year but impressive view none-the-less.

A nice man from Edmonds helpfully informed me that this view of ‘Rainier’ was one of the top ten in the world (presumably as voted by people from Edmonds). Not sure if he meant top ten views, or top ten views of Rainier…

Orcas Family Pics

Fay & her boys

Fay and the boys on Mt Constitution with Mount Baker and the Cascades behind.

Laughing at our photographer

F grabbed this pic of mum & dad – amazing given his technique of waving the camera around whilst shooting on motor drive…

Abstract garden

A string of tealights

Tealights on the deck.


No sign of dust from Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull, Icelandic for “Your grandparents now aren’t coming to visit”.

Milk & Honey

Milk & Honey

Having driven all the way back from Cannon Beach, guess what kind of bread I grabbed from our local supermarket…

Signs of a good holiday

Sign of a good holiday

Sign #1: kids asleep.

Not Fort Lewis?

Sign #2: road signs become hard to compute. Is this Fort Lewis or No?


Fun on Manzanati Beach

Manzanati Sunset

South a tad along the coast from Cannon Beach is Manzanita.
Perfect place to meet up with friends for roasted marshmallows and a sunset view on the beach.


Matt Jumping

Three Haystacks

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock

Ewok on Holiday

Dog walking

Fay, Ewok & the mighty Pacific Ocean


I do believe that he’s beginning to get the hang of this vacation/holiday thing.

Oregon Beach Highway

Oregon Beach Highway

Not content with covering vast potions of the planet with different kinds of impermeable surfaces for cars to zoom around on, some parts of the planet think it a good idea to drive up and down (and up and down) the beach.
I guess when there’s this much of it you need to do something with it all.

The haystack

Haystack Rock

Up early-ish for a brisk walk-come-run with Ewok to the Haystack and back.

Back through the town to pick up coffee. Yum.

Peter Iredale

Fay meets Peter Iredale

Peter Iredale

Peter Iredale. Sunk in 1906 . Still drawing a (small) crowd.

Holiday House

Ecola Haven

The A-framed thing about middle of the picture. Ecola Haven. On the river and very much a haven. And Ewok friendly too. Recommended.

Another wet day activity

H winning at connect four

Connect Four.

Recommended for wet days anywhere.

Beach House

F exit

H exit

Ewok Exit

Suddenly, three little tikes had disappeared. Where could they be?
Not hiding in a sand house?

The beach at Cannon Beach

With the Haystack

Playing footie with the Haystack behind. Not a bad pitch .

Dune Grass


Looks great, but apparently it’s an invasive non-native European beach grass ( Ammophila Arenaria ).

Haystack & Chapman Point

Chapman Point & Cannon Beach from Ecola Point

Chapman Point with Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock from Ecola State Park.
Another Oregon Seascape .

A day on Indian Beach

Muddy Foot

H & F blazed a new (to us) way to Indian Beach , down a steep trail that ended at the southern end. The trail was not without its hazards, as Fay’s clean socks soon discovered.

Thumbs Up Thumbs Down

If you have the time, the southern end is the place to be. Rocks, trees, sandy coves, streams and waterfalls. Idyllic.

Us. Indian Beach

Wind blown Ewok on Indian Beach

Clearing storm over Chapman Point

clearing storm over chapman point

With views like this who needs television?

Oregon Sunbeams


storm with sunbeams

finn and a sunbeam

Little rays of sunshine

Dead tree running

dead tree running

Find dead tree washed up on beach
Run along dead tree as fast as possible without falling off
On reaching the end, jump jump jump as far and as high as possible…

Tea time

Cup of tea on the beach

The most civilized thing in the world: tea, on the beach, from a china cup. A gran tradition.

Wet days on holiday

Finn, lego and the view to the beach

Finn has wet day entertainment down to a fine art. On this occasion it was lego building on a grand scale, with dad optimally positioned to help and admire the wonderful view. Oar-inspiring.


Fay’s option was the tranquil art of watercolor; and the view was just as good from where she was sitting.

Fun on a windy beach

ewok ball chasing

ewok ball chasing


Also known as the “who needs a hair dryer” series.

Breezy Weather

Surf breaking on cannon beach

Our little house was perfect for keeping out of the spring weather while still watching the world walk by.
The first evening & the surf was up, so much so that the sea looked white all the way to the horizon.

Beach Football

The boys playing footie on the beach

First day on Cannon Beach (spring break vacation down in Oregon) & the boys were soon practicing their moves down on the sand.

Redressing the balance

finn & ewok

Not enough F on c r o s s o a k recently.

Another sounders game

Sounders at home

and another 0-1 defeat. This time from the Red Bulls. That brings our tally to 1 to 3.


Portland 0-1
Chelsea 0-2
Earthquakes 2-1

Big thanks to Pete and Amy for the tickets!


Appealing to the ref didn't help

H is developing the art of appeal. Gesture seen above typically accompanied by
“ref-er-reeeeeee” or “come ooonnne” and then a big smile.
(Don’t forget the smile H!)

Bird House II

Bird house II

This years auction project for Bear Creek: Bird House II

Although that should be ‘One of this years…’ since there’s another one coming.

Confused unpacking

Something wrong in the bathroom

A trip to the dentist and a trip to the bike shop on the same day led to some goodies being unpacked to the wrong place. Witness the bottle of Pedro’s in the bathroom. Note: _This post was updated on 2020-10-01 19:36:29 to fix broken links_

Signed Book


The last Fablehaven is out, H got a copy and then managed to get it signed by Brandon who, thankfully, was still happily signing away by the time we got to the front of the line.