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Shipwreck Day   1 comment

During the summer every year, the city of Anacortes host Shipwreck Day.  The city blocks off several blocks of streets in their downtown area, where people from all over the community set up booths to sell their wares.  In some (or many) cases, it is a chance to have a mini garage sale.  You just never know what you may find as you wander down one side of the street and back up the other.

Yesterday was my third year going with my friend David.  We started the day off going to breakfast at Joy’s Bakery and Cafe (a must for breakfast if you are in the Sedro-Woolley area!!).  It so happened to be David’s birthday and our server brought his french toast to with a lit birthday candle.  This gave us some time to catch up and analyze which lens David should purchase next.

After breakfast we headed over to Anacortes to join the crowds.  Even with a cloudy overcast for the morning, hundreds of people had shown up to see what treasures they could find to take home with them.  It certainly added a challenge to the day as David and I took photos.  David made sure to note his birthday by taking a picture of a sign posted.  Overall we had a good time.  I only made a small purchase of a new hand fan.  David couldn’t find anything that he needed.  However, we were able to snap a few pictures… which is what we were after the whole time.

A table full of old masks.

Loved all the old tins this table had for sale.  How often to you see one for Scotch Tape?

A few old signs pointing the way to the beach.  The crazy thing, the arrow was pointing the correct way to the water.

Collection of different “antique” items for sale.

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Been a bit…   1 comment

Hi all…  I know it has been a bit since I last posted.  I was doing good at keeping up with a weekly post and then I hit a snag.  I went down to my parent’s house for about a week and a half at the end of May.  The full purpose while there was to clear away some of the years of clutter that had built up.  This left no time to think about writing or taking pictures.  The we did accomplish a great amount…  but, there is still plenty more work to do… but that is for another day.

With missing two weekends of blogging, it pulled me out of habit I had been building.  And then June came and went… I’m honestly still trying to figure out what happen to June.  That month just seemed to disappear.  If anyone knows where it went, please tell me.  That leaves me with it now being July.  And hence, I am starting back up and hopefully (fingers crossed) will build the habit back up to where I keep this going.

So.. pictures.. During that missing month of June, my daughter (who just turned 13 this past week!!) and I went over to Port Angeles for my cousin’s graduation party.  We just made a quick weekend trip over there.  I took my camera along, as you just never know.  Saturday we drove over taking the Edmonds to Kingtston ferry.  By the time we arrived in P.A., there only enough time to visit with family and then a retreat to hotel.

Sunday morning, after having a nice breakfast and finding a car wash (the local sea gulls didn’t seem to like my car), we had a chance to head up to Hurricane Ridge.  I was very excited, as I had hoped we would have a chance to go.  My daughter was being an “almost teenager” and showing no interest at all in going.  After making the decision that she would just deal with it, we made the drive up.  I was nervous because it was cloudy that day.  I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to see anything once we got up there.  Up we drove… and up… and up… and WOW!  We went right on up past the clouds that were hanging over the city.  The ridge was sunny and warm.  It was just beautiful up there.

By the time we got to the top and walked around, my daughter’s mood had improved.  She was happy and talking and wanting to play in the snow that was still hanging around.  The sad part was we only had about an hour to spend there before needing to head to the party.  On the way down we made one last stop.  Along a curve there was a pull out that allowed this great view of looking over the clouds.  My daughter actually offered to “pose”.  This was a little shocking, as she doesn’t like me taking pictures of her.  Of course I said yes!  and here are the results.  I did a few different color options.  I can’t make up my mind which I like best.  Feel free to voice your opinion. 🙂

Color

Sepia

Black & White

Yesteryear

Have a great week!

Bay View – Washington State Park   Leave a comment

When I woke up yesterday, I was greeted by rain clouds outside.  Now, this was not what the forecast had promised.  And I was very tired of the rain.  I was ready for the nice weather that we were suppose to have.  Frustrated, but knowing there was nothing I could do, I might as well move on with the day.

So the my family went out for the morning and by the time we were done with lunch and heading home the sun had finally made an appearance.  All the grey clouds were making their way to go over the Cascades.  Now the decision, to go out for the afternoon or work in the yard.  The grass was certainly in needing to be cut, but it could wait one more day.

I gathered up my camera bag and my hubby and I hopped into the car.  Where to go.. where to go…  I knew I didn’t want to go east, since that was the direction the rain clouds had taken.  So we went west.  I was wanting to go to the Breadfarm in Edison anyways to pick up a loaf of bread (They have such delicious bread!!).

We then wander the roads around the area.  One of stops brought us to Bay View State Park.  Being part of the Washington State Park system, it does require a Discovery Pass or you need to pay a parking fee.  Lucky for us, we have our Discovery Pass!

The park is located within the small town of Bay View, Washington.  The town sits on the coast line that looks out over Padilla Bay.  Nearby is the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center.  A great place to stop in the learn about the Padilla Bay Reserve.

The park itself isn’t large. It has an upper side that host camping for RVs, trailers or tents.  There is trail from the area that leads under the road to the lower park portion.  You can also just drive and park in the lower park area.  The park sits along the coast line.  There are lots of picnic tables, a covered area and fire pits.  There is even a couple of horse shoe pits.  This park does not include any play areas for kids.  However, with a beach to explore, who needs a  playground?

The beach is your typical rocky beach you find in the Puget Sound.  There is drift wood and seaweed too.  The views look out over to the refineries in Anacortes and out into the Sound towards the Hat Island and the larger Guemes island.  Overall, if you are looking for a park to visit for the day to enjoy a picnic, I would certainly recommend it.  I can’t speak towards the camping, but there were a good number of people utilizing it.

Have a great week everyone!

More Tulips!   2 comments

Yes, I know… not another post of tulips.  What can I say?  The month of April in my area is all about the tulips.  Therefore, another post about tulips.  I thought it was only fair that since my last post showed only tulips from Tulip Town, that this post show pictures from the other main tulip farm – RoozenGaarde.

I had a very brief moment this last week to go over to Roozengaarde to grab some pictures.  And I really do mean brief.  I dropped off my daughter for swim team practice then went to a quick appointment.  After that, I had an hour before I needed to pick up my daughter.  The rain had briefly stopped, so I figured it was now or never.  When I got there, I jumped out the car and quickly walked to the entrance to pay my $5 fee.  (Sidenote: Both Tulip Town and Roozengaarde charge an entry fee.  The nice thing about Roozengaarde, is the entry fee covers parking in at any of their other fields for the day.  Tulip Town doesn’t seem to have any other fields open to the public.)

I walk into their garden area only to realize in my haste, I forgot my tripod.  Knowing time is an issue between picking up my daughter and the threat of it starting to rain again, I decide I’ll just deal with out it.  I put my lens hood to protect not against the sun, but the miscellaneous drops of rain that are coming down and pray to the rain god it just stays like this.

I spent the next 45 minutes wandering around the garden area and the nearby fields, before dashing back to my car to pick up my daughter.  Most likely my quickest trip ever to the tulip fields.  I did manage to snag a few “decent” photos.  I hope you enjoy a few of the pictures I managed to capture.

The picture above and below were taken within the garden area.

The picture below is of the tulip heads that have been topped.

Looking out across the fields towards the Cascades.

New Exploration   2 comments

Where I work, the customer service supervisors are on a rotation for the opening shift.  This last week one of my co-workers asked if anyone wanted to take her opening shift, as she doesn’t particular care for it.  I decided to take her up on the offer.  I figured loosing a little sleep may pay off if the weather cooperated (and that is a big IF still), in that I would be off work earlier and have some time before the rest of the family came home.

Last Sunday I looked at the weather forecast and saw nothing but rain our future.  How sad.  However, I kept my hopes up and it paid off for Monday.  When I left work the clouds were hanging out, but there was no rain.  I ran home to grab my camera and changed into more appropriate shoes and clothes.  Now the decision was where to go.  I didn’t want to go to the fields, as I had gotten my fill of daffodils for the moment.  I have enough Northern State Hospital photos for now until Spring and Summer are more in swing.  Where does that leave me.  My vibe was to go east.  I always seem to travel west from my house.

So off I went, east on Highway 20.  And that’s when I decided to take the Cape Horn Road.  I knew it followed along parts of the Skagit River.  I made the turn when it came and headed down the road.  I did find a nice little spot next to the river where the trees weren’t completely blocking the view.  This picture I took there shows a beautiful fallen tree that is being reclaimed.   Part of the Skagit River floats past with a light reflection of the lowland hill that looms up on the other side of the river.

I then continued down the road to further my exploration of this new area for me.  I found a couple other spots that showed interest.  Each time I would stop and take a few pictures and then jump back into the car.  As I was going, I realized that instead of doing a “photo walk”, I was doing a “photo drive”.  However, I do hope to go back to a few spots and explore further by doing more of a photo walk.  Anyways, I was getting close to the end of this road to where it connects back to Highway 20 (It is really nice that it just loops back) when I drove by this old truck.  I literally stopped and backed up my car.

Looking at this truck, it has such great character.  I actually felt a little bad for it too.  To me it just seems to be crying out for someone to come reclaim it.  To bring it back to the beauty it once was.  It just wants to be loved.  Yes, I know it is just a truck, but I think adding “a voice” to something like this brings more life to the picture.  But maybe I’m just wrong or crazy.  More likely crazy. 🙂

I am glad I decided to explore a new area and plan to do more exploration this year to the east.  I can’t wait to see what I find and share it!   Hope you have a great week.