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Feb 26, 2017

Bainbridge Island

Seattle seen from Bainbridge ferry

We took a short trip to Bainbridge Island for a mid-week getaway. We did the trip entirely without a car. Somehow in all my planning, I forgot to map out the way from the ferry to the hotel. After asking two kind strangers for directions, we finally arrived at the hotel. We lucked out and could check into our room at 9:30 a.m. Hurray!

heading to Seattle on the Bainbridge Island Ferry

On the second day, we left the hotel early in the morning and walked about five miles out to the Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial in Pritchard Park. It was quiet and a beautiful park to take a short break. The memorial included photos of some of the citizens who were forced out of their homes and sent to internment camps. The warning "Ni Doto Nai Yo Ni", Let it not happen again, speaks out to the current times in The States.

Ni Doto Nai Yo Ni, Let it not happen again

wine tasting at eleven

Since we were on foot, that meant we had to carry our luggage everywhere once we left the hotel to return home. We decided to hang out on Bainbridge rather than roam Seattle. We stopped in at Eleven wine tasting room. We tried their $15 flight of wines which included two white and three reds. We could talk and people watch at the same time.

waiting to leave on Ferry at Bainbridge Island

Below is some video I shot while we neared Seattle. I love seeing all the tugboats and cargo ships.

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Jan 24, 2017

My local Sister march for the women's march on DC

Love has manners

I wasn't going to be able to make the sister march in Seattle and was hoping my little town, Langley,  would have a sister march. I finally found a post on facebook through the Sister Marches index on the Women's March website. When I found the facebook announcement, there were only a few that would be marching and with no permit to march, we'd have to stay on sidewalks. The facebook page was pretty quiet as locals communicate through other means. That was obvious when I arrived. There were a lot of people, and several official town vehicles and a police car.

super girl

langley sister march with women's march on DC

Word had spread and the proper permits to march on the streets were finalized. At least 1000 people showed up to march. Before the march began, we were all bunched up in the meeting place. The energy level was high and hopeful. As we marched on to the street, that street dips into a valley and than rises onto a hill, allowing everyone to see each other marching.

women's march posters

Wow! That was when we all realized how many there were of us in our small town! Some had come from other parts of Whidbey island to march here in Langley. I got all chocked up at this sight and heard the same from other people.

dog marching with women's march

resist bigly

yours truly

According to the Women's March website:


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May 30, 2016

Solo Bicycle Tour, Fort Ebey State Park

whidbey island, bicycle touring
rest stop at GreenBank Farm on the way to Fort Ebey

The Solo Bicycle Tour

Last May in 2015, the idea to do a solo bicycle tour popped into my head. As 2016 came around, I started seriously considering the trip and began planning in February. Learning how to do simple bike repairs, mapping a safer route, and getting back into shape after a lazy winter were checked off my list.

In the beginning, staying one night was my idea, but riding nearly 37 miles to sleep in a tent and then riding home the very next morning didn't seem fun, so I booked two nights. Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island is a beautiful park with loads of hiking trails and beautiful ocean vistas.

camping at Fort Ebey State Park
camping at Fort Ebey State Park

There is a hiker/bicycle campground with a communal campfire and outhouse, but I wanted a private campfire a real bathroom with a shower, so I booked site 49 in the car camping area. The next day, just beyond where I camped, I discovered some walk-in campsites with their own campfire pits that look good for a future bicycle tour.  (skip the route part unless you're thinking of doing this trip)

The Route

I worked my way via side roads to highway 525 at Bayview road. I am on the Highway 525 until Newman road. Newman road took me into Freeland from which I caught Main Street Road. Traveling down Main Street until the highway, cross the highway 525 and now it is Fish road. Fish Road connects to Mutiny Bay road then onto Bush Point road which turns into smuggler's cove road.

I turned off on Lagoon Point road which turns into Day road and then Bakken Road. Bakken road will meet the Highway 525, and you travel for seconds on the highway until you meet N. Bluff road. I wanted to cut out as much of the Highway as I could, so I added North Bluff road which turns into Houston road. These roads run behind GreenBank Farm.

Heading north on Houston road, before it meets up with the highway, there is one major, steep hill that goes on forever. For me, walking the bicycle up that hill and the added time was worth it as I cut out two-thirds of the highway portion between GreenBank and Coupeville. Plus, in the morning on a weekday, there is not much traffic on these roads.

view from W Wannamaker Rd

Now I'm on Highway 525 for a brief time again until I come to E. Admirals Drive which takes you through a neighborhood. Stay on E. Admirals Drive until you reach S. Bryd Drive. Take S. Bryd Drive to S. Halsey Drive to Perry Dr up to W Wannamaker Rd. Continue on W. Wannamaker rd until you reach Fort Casey road. Take Fort Casey road to SE Terry road to Main st and now you are almost there!

Heading North from Coupeville to Fort Ebey State Park, there is a dedicated bike/pedestrian trail that takes you all the way into the park. How amazing is that! Once you get to Kettles Gate, kettles trail continues into the park all the way to the car and walk-in campgrounds. The hiker/biker campgrounds are in a different area just beyond the car campground. See my last year's blog post for more information on the kettle's trail.

This by no means is the shortest or quickest way to get to Fort Ebey.  My goal was to be off the highway and away from 55 - 70 mile traffic zooming past me.  Most of 525 has a wide bike lane, but that doesn't seem wide enough when you have cars texting on their cells as they pass you or semi-trucks and other large vehicles passing even when they are obeying the traffic laws.

view Houston road route on Map My Ride and a portion of the park trail to the campground.  Also, view my post from last year for more photos of the kettle's trail.

kettles trail map

Camping, Hiking at Fort Ebey

The second day I did several hikes in the forest and along the ocean view trails.

beach hiking trail, Ft. Ebey
beach hiking trail, Ft. Ebey

Fort Ebey, Strait of Juan de Fuca
looking out at Strait of Juan de Fuca

water tower, fort ebey hiking.
remains of an old, water tower

water tower, fort ebey hiking.
water tower, Fort Ebey hiking

jets flying overhead

Fort Ebey State Park, sunset over Strait of Juan de Fuca
Fort Ebey State Park, sunset over Strait of Juan de Fuca

Fort Ebey State Park, camping
on my way home

Thanks for coming along with me on this solo bicycle journey!

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Apr 27, 2016

Cats and Dogs

Luna, cafe dog

At the beginning of April I took a long bike ride - 38 miles- before the Spring rains returned. I'm hoping to get another ride in this week. I stopped at a cafe and met Luna. Her owner was inside and she kept me company at the outdoor table where I was sitting. She didn't quite know what to think of having her photo taken.

On my walk to the market, I meet these outdoor cats everyday. They have been spayed and released to where they were found and have been living in place for a few years now. The man in the red jacket comes by every morning to feed them and another woman in the afternoon to check their bedding/cat houses and health. The cats know everyone's schedules and will often see me before I even see them.

Since I can't have any pets due to my rental lease, it warms my heart to be able to have these daily visits with these community cats and the dogs I meet along the way. And because of these cats, I've made some new human friends.

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Apr 6, 2016

backyard bird watching

Robin on a fense

It's whale migration season here, so I'm going out most days with my camera. Of course, the one day I forgot to bring it, there were Orcas passing through! What an amazing sight that was and I got to put it in my art journal instead of a photo.

On a different day, while I was sitting and watching for whales, this Robin sat on the fence in front of me for the longest time.

Black-capped Chicadee

On my art blog, I talked about how a bird started building a nest in my bicycle basket. I spent the spring of 2014 learning and trying to spot all the birds that live in my neighborhood.

Lately, I have come to realize that it's my way of remembering my Mom. When I was living at home taking care of her, she loved to watch the birds every morning while she ate breakfast. That is why it warms my heart to backyard bird watch.

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Mar 25, 2016

stepping outside

black and white cat

I am still waiting for the day I can adopt some cats and dogs (or they adopt me). In the meantime, I enjoy visiting with the cats and dogs I meet in my day. The neighborhood cat above likes sunning himself on high places.

waterman eratic rock

Last week I rode my bicycle to my favorite local, forest park and went for a long hike. Deep in the forest sits this erratic rock. I love this huge boulder named Waterman Rock. It's called an erratic rock because it made its way here by glacial movement, many miles from its origin, where it broke off.

It's about the height of a two story house. I remember the first time I came upon it and how magical the entire scene felt. Getting outdoors warms my heart every time!

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Mar 17, 2016


morning Daffodils

The sun comes over the trees and streams in through my window. The sunlight and these daffodils on my desk warmed my heart. And today is another sunny day, so I'm hoping to get out for a bike ride and hike.

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Mar 4, 2016

first walk in March

sun breaking over pastures

I walk to the store most days. If I have a lot to bring home, I take my bicycle or my husband comes with me. Tuesday we decided to go for a long walk and do the grocery shopping. It had been raining in the morning and the clouds were just breaking. As we walked, I realized that Spring was in full spring with some trees in full bloom.

little free library

Just before arriving at the store, we passed a little free library stand. Have you seen one of these in your neighborhood?


On the last stretch of our walk home, we passed the marina. I believe this crane is here to help with some repairs of the dock.

The long walk warmed my heart and was a great start to the month of March.
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