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Oct 14, 2018

Whidbey Island, Prat Loop, Ebey's Landing State Park

At the end of September we took an overnight bicycle trip and stayed at the circa 1907 Captain Whidbey Inn. This was our second time this year to stay there. Both times we have stayed in the main log building. It is old and creaky which is part of its charm. The rooms in the main log building do not have a T.V. and I love that feeling of getting away from it all.

Captain Whidbey Inn

Captain Whidbey Inn

view from our room

From the Inn, there are lots of local places accessible by bicycle. For this latest trip, we rode our bicycles from the Inn to the Pratt Loop which begins off of the Kettles Trail.

I've taken the Kettles Trail in the past when riding to  Fort Ebey State Park.

The National Park Service has a detailed map of the Kettles trail system and other trails that connect to it here:

Kettle Spur trail

Kettle Spur trail

Pratt Loop

Pratt Loop Trail at Robert Y. Pratt Preserve, Coupeville, Whidbey Island

Pratt Loop Trail, Whidbey Island

Pratt Loop Trail, Whidbey Island

Ebey's Prairie Ridge Trail

Ebey's Prairie Ridge Trail

view from Bluff Loop Trail

view from Bluff Loop Trail

It was a beautiful day with sun and nature.

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.
John Muir

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Sep 13, 2018

Bicycle day trip in Port Townsend, WA

Larry Scott trail, Cape George Trailhead

Larry Scott trail, Port Townsend WA

We cycled down the Larry Scott trail several years ago when we took a bike tour and camped at the Fort Townsend State Park.  The trail extends even further so we returned to Port Townsend and revisited the trail.  Jefferson County provides a nice map of the trail here:

The trail begins at the boatyard and meanders along the coast past the paper mill.  Since we had taken that route before, I wanted to travel a different route to reach the Cape George trailhead.  We took the back roads (Hastings Ave W to Cape George Rd) and for the most part, there was hardly any traffic.  Port Townsend is a very bicycle friendly town and most drivers/cars do their part to share the road.

Port Townsend, Wa Wooden Boat Festival

The Wooden Boat Festival was also in town.  Leaving on the ferry back to Whidbey Island gave us some fantastic views of all the boats.  During the festival, visitors can sail for a couple of hours for a fee.    Boats available range from small to large and from modern to vintage.

Port Townsend, Wa Wooden Boat Festival

It was a wonderful day and here is a short video of us on the trail.

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Jul 30, 2018

Lavender Fields

lavender fields

The weekend of July 21 we hopped on a bus with the bicycles which took us a couple of hours North. After checking into a local Inn, we rode the bicycles about 5 miles further north to a lavender farm.

The day was pleasantly warm and the views of the farms, fields and ocean were spectacular.

In the late afternoon, we took a walk around the town and I bought some wonderful anise incense.

Blue Heron

The kayakers and wildlife were out and about too.

Later in the evening, we sat on our room's balcony with some wine, cheese, a baguette and a view of the water.

On Tuesday after checking out of the Inn and having lunch in town, we rode the 25 miles home. It was a humid and hot day, so lots of breaks along the way in the shade. Arriving home, I felt tired and satisfied at the accomplishment.

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May 30, 2018

Finches and Quail

Female and Male Quail

About a couple of weeks ago, I noticed Quail were coming to my patio.  They make the quirkiest bird call which makes me smile.



The parent birds continue to come by with their fledglings.   I think the fledgling above is a House Finch sitting between the two American Finches.  It's fun to see the birds mixing amongst each other.

My sweet peas and fuchsia look like they might have some flower buds.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

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May 22, 2018

Spring and new beginnings


Just outside my window where I like to sit and watch the birds is a rhododendron.  It's been in bloom since early May and still has some flowers on it.

male house finch and fledglings

A while back the birds were busy building their nests.  They would come by the feeders with twigs or straw in there beaks.  And now they are visiting with their offspring.   It's just amazing to see!

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Apr 29, 2018

hiking and bird watching


April started out with lots of rainy and cloudy days.  Luckily, there was always a couple of hours each day where the rain stopped and I could go hiking in the local trails.

golden crowned sparrow

The Sparrows (house, fox, golden-crowned, white-crowned) discovered the seed I was putting out for them within a few days of my moving into this new place.   Soon after,  the Chickadees, Juncos, Towhees, Finches and Flickrs discovered the feeders too.

male house finch

I started reading Gloria Steinem's "My Life on the Road" and love this quote from her book.  The beginning of this year was full of uncertainty for me.  And I can see how that gave me the chance to establish a new beginning, to begin the next chapter in my life.

Gloria Steinem, quote

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Jan 13, 2018

New Year Full Moon

Full Moon

Full Moon

Full Moon

Full Moon

Did you have a chance to view the perigee full moon on January 1, 2018?  There will be another full moon on January 31, 2018 which will also be a lunar eclipse!  More info at NASA:

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Dec 21, 2017

birdwatching and winter bird count

pine siskin

This year, for the first time, I joined the winter bird count at   The Project FeederWatch is a research and education project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology jointly with Bird Studies Canada.


I have a feeder that attaches to the window with suction cups and it works pretty well.  I can keep that one filled easily, so I wake up to birds every morning.  In the evening, I  bring in the feeders that hang from Shepherd's hooks outside in the yard to avoid feeding the night critters.  The hummingbird feeder stays out all the time.

dark-eyed Junco with pied leucism

In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence. ― Robert Lynd

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. - Rabindranath Tagore.

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