Octopus

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Agnus, the Giant Pacific Octopus at the Seattle Aquarium.

July 26, 2018

On our final day on Bainbridge Island, I went to Seattle to have my stitches removed.  The wound looks better than I expected, so I don’t look like Frankenstein.  It will take six months to completely heal, but it’s off to a good start.

I went to the Seattle Aquarium before heading back on the ferry.  It was very crowded, so it was sometimes hard to look in some of the tanks.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed seeing the life that lives under the water hidden from sight.  It is amazing how many different kinds of fish there are.  My favorite animal was Agnus the Giant Pacific Octopus.  She showed off how she could change colors and move all her lovely arms.

I ate dinner in a nearby restaurant on the water.  Although it was good, it was way too expensive.  This is the tourist area.  At this point, I had already walked across town to the doctor’s appointment and back down to the waterfront and it was warm.  I wasn’t interested in walking to restaurant outside the area because I would have to walk back up the hill.  Some of the hills in Seattle are very steep.  If you go to Seattle, don’t just hang out on the waterfront.  Go see the other wonderful restaurants in town.

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Seattle

As we sat in the campsite on our final evening, a squirrel showed up to strip bark off the nearest tree.  Perhaps he/she was building a nest.  Dart was fascinated (so was Regis).  Coco was more interested in the Robin that hung around.

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Squirrel
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Dart watching squirrel
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Regis watching squirrel
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Coco watching a bird

We left Bainbridge Island yesterday to head out to a campground by the Wenatchee River.  The drive was miserable.  There was a lot of traffic and it was very bumpy for some reason.  Many things in the RV got rearranged along the way.  I kept doing cleanup and trying to make sure more things didn’t fall.  I reset the cappuccino maker on the counter but it wound up crashing on the floor anyway.  This is the first time this happened.  When we heard the crash, I looked back and saw all these things on the floor that looked like kibble but I could see the dog food container was still on the counter, so that wasn’t it.  Then, the smell of coffee beans filled the motor home and we knew.  Fortunately, although a few pieces of plastic broke, the cappuccino maker still works.  Thank goodness!

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Dart and Coco riding in the motor home.

It was 104 degrees when we arrived.  The camper next to us was assessing a problem they had.  The jack apparently got wedged into the asphalt as it melted in the heat.  The camper moved forward and the bottom of the jack was stuck in the asphalt and broke off.  That will be expensive to fix.  Having seen that, Regis was sure to put blocks under all of our jacks.

Regis and I went to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner and it was so good.  I’m definitely going back again before we leave.

After dinner we took the dogs down to the river to take a look.  Regis waded into the water and a snake swam by and hit him in the leg.  Regis grabbed the snake when it got to the shore to show me.  It was a little guy.

Regis picked up some tubes (for floating) while we were in Omak.  I plan to take him up the river and drop him off with a tube and go sit at the campground with Dart and Coco and wait for him to float back.  He’s not sure he wants to do it.  If he doesn’t, I will.  The water is very inviting in this heat.  (Jason:  I should have borrowed your paddle board).  Someone on a paddle board floated by with a dog on the front.

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Too bad we won’t be here to watch this.

Back to Bainbridge Island

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Seattle

July 22, 2018

When we left Omak, Washington, the temperature was expected to exceed 100 degrees.  While we were there, we got great views of Mars and the moon.

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Mars and the moon in Omak, Washington.

Because I was scheduled to have surgery in Seattle to remove some skin cancer, we headed back to camp on Bainbridge Island.  When we got to our campsite, the temperature was in the 70’s.  It has been lovely here.  A few times, we have had to turn the heat on at night since it drops into the 50’s.

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Mount Ranier as the sun sets. The sun is behind me and the rays are making the top of the mountain pink.

We’re going to be in Washington for another 3 weeks and I wish we could spend all that time near the Puget Sound because the weather is so nice.  I have not been able to find a way to stay.  All the campgrounds are booked.  I spent hours trying to work something out and we can’t do it.  After my follow-up doctor appointment on Tuesday, we will head back to the east side of the Cascades.  Although lovely, it will likely be hot.

Coco will be staying with us over the next couple weeks.  We went into Seattle yesterday to pick her up and spend time with Jason and Dan.  Jason, Dan, and I went to Nordstrom for the half yearly sale.  The Nordstrom in Seattle is incredible.  I think there is a shoe department on every floor.  While we were gone, Regis kept the dogs company and took pictures of flies.  He was supposed to take pictures of birds, but I only found a couple bird pictures of a gull flying high up in the sky.

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Fly

Jason made an incredible dinner for us.  We had a lovely time and headed back to Bainbridge on the ferry late in the evening.  The city view is beautiful at night from the ferry, but it is impossible to take a good picture at night on a moving ferry.  

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Blurry picture of Seattle at night from the ferry.

Orcas

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Orca mom and baby (T65A’s) in Puget Sound.

June 20

I went on a whale watch tour with the Puget Sound Express.  The tour leaves from the same marina/campground where we are staying, so it was convenient to walk over.  On the way, we spied this little river otter hanging around the boats.

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River otter in Point Hudson marina.

Christopher, the captain heard about some whales by Seattle, so we headed south on Puget Sound.  The whales were located right off the campground on Bainbridge Island where we stayed recently.  We saw the group T65A’s.   It was a family group and there was a baby whale.   Sarah (Puget Sound Express) gave us lots of information about the whales and lots of other things.  She told us this was the only known baby whale in the area.  I got lucky!!  Christopher and Sarah were knowledgeable and delightful.  It was a great trip, so I hope to do it again before we leave.

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Orca (T65’s) in Puget Sound.
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Orca (T65’s) in Puget Sound.
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Orca mom and her baby (T65’s) in Puget Sound.
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Orcas (T65A’s) in Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the background.
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Orca’s (T65A’s) with Seattle in the background.

There are a lot of deer in the area and you meet up with them any time of day or night. Yesterday, there were a mom and two fawns at the entrance to the marina.  We saw the buck below when we drove around the area the other day.

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Deer in Port Townsend.

And, as I keep saying, I love the flowers.

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Flower in Port Townsend.
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Flower in Port Townsend.

Three years ago I took a whale watch tour with Puget Sound Express and saw orcas.  I wrote a blog post here.

Morning at the Lake

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Geese on Lake Cushman

On our last day at Lake Cushman, we spent part of the morning at the lake watching the birds, looking at the flowers, and listening to the buzzing of insects.  Lots of blueberry bushes and other flowers are in bloom throughout the forest, and the bees are happy.  I watched swallows catching insects over the water.  I tried hard to get pictures, but they are small and fast.  I could only catch them when they landed briefly on a post or sign.  When I loaded the pictures on the computer, I was able to get my first good look at them.  They are a new bird for me.  They were Violet-green Swallows.

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Back of Violet-green Swallow at Lake Cushman.
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Front of a Violet-green Swallow.
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Bee making sure there will be lots of blueberries this year.

We are camping on the water on Bainbridge Island with a view across Puget sound to the Cascades.  The Cascades spend most of their time hidden behind clouds and, today, rain.  Nevertheless, it’s beautiful.  Seattle is a across the sound and a ferry ride from here.

I went to local grocery store in Poulsbo after we set up camp.  Words cannot describe how I felt entering this grocery store.  Just the oyster/clam section is larger than the whole seafood section in most grocery stores.  I was in sensory overload and couldn’t even make a decision what to get for dinner.  The prepared food section is one of the largest I have seen.  There were so many options, it was hard to make a choice.  I’m buying food one day at a time so I don’t wind up buying more than we can eat.

I had a doctor’s appointment the next day in Seattle, so Regis dropped me off at the ferry and I took it to Seattle and walked to the doctor’s appointment.  Then, I walked to the camera store and found out they were having a photo fest this week-end.  What great timing!  Then, I walked back to the ferry to catch up with Regis and Dart when they arrived by car.  I hung around where the cars disembark from the ferry and there are a couple policemen directing traffic when that happens.  Since I hung around on the corner for about an hour waiting for the Bainbridge Ferry, I think the guys were suspicious of me.  I spent a half hour talking to my mom on the phone and then sat on the curb and starting reading a book.  I noticed they kept looking over at me.  I think they were relieved when I disappeared.

We met our son and his friend for dinner.  We haven’t seen them in a year and a half.  It was also great to see my favorite Bedlington Terrier, Coco!  The weather was beautiful, so we got to sit outside at the local brew pub.  We went for a nice walk afterwards and got some great views of Bellevue and Seattle.

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View of Seattle from our evening stroll on Beacon Hill.

 

Rhododendrons

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Rhododendron bloom on Mount Walker.

June 5

We spent the day exploring the west edge of the Hood Canal. We set out in search of Eagles and found some. Mostly, the Eagles were soaring over the side of the mountain but one adult sat in a tree nearby and one Juvenile did a fly by.

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Immature Bald Eagle.

We drive to the top of Mount Walker and there were lots of rhododendrons in bloom. When we got to the top and had to walk a short way from the car to the viewpoint, Regis had to point out that he saw more rhododendrons in bloom in that short space than our entire 3 mile walk the other day. The blooms are beautiful. There are foxgloves blooming and some yellow flowers beginning to burst into bloom everywhere. Spring is a lovely time to be here.

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View south from Mount Walker.

From the south viewpoint, we could see Seattle in the distance. From the north viewpoint, we could see Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, and Mount Baker. It was pretty cool to get a view from above of the places we will soon be visiting.

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View of Seattle from Mount Walker.
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View of Mount Baker from Mount Walker.

While Dart and I were walking today, we found an injured mouse. The mouse’s leg was broken. I called my friend Melody who knows how to rehabilitate wildlife and she told me how to help the little mouse. Regis and I were going to have to perform surgery, but we had the tools to do it. We never got that far. I tried to give it water but it was so weak by then, it couldn’t drink it. Sadly, the little mouse didn’t live long. The mouse may have had internal injuries. I’m guessing it was hit by a car.

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Rhododendron bloom on Mount Walker.