Tucked away behind the Kenmore Park & Ride is an area of growth where Blue Herons make nests and inhabit every year. Dear noticed increased activity at the sight so I stopped by with my camera. It’s just so odd to see these large birds way up high in these trees in their nests.
The area around these nests is fenced off and this is the closest I was able to get to the trees. I might go back on a day that isn’t so dreary and see if I can catch some of the herons flying in and out.
We have another low key weekend and Dear has Monday off for President’s Day. Katie arrives Sunday night from North Carolina so she can be here for all the last minute wedding details. I’m going to do all the relaxing I can before Tuesday when we hit the ground running! Hope you have a nice weekend.
“Kenmore Air was founded in 1946 by three high school friends, reunited after
World War II. With one airplane, and a single hangar near a swamp at the North
end of Lake Washington, Bob Munro, Reg Collins, and Jack Mines gave birth to
what was to become one of the largest and most respected seaplane operations in
Today, Kenmore Air is among the best-known and most respected float
plane operations in the world, flying an eclectic mix of piston Beavers and
turbine Otters and Caravans, landing passengers on glaciers, lakes and harbors
among the mist-shrouded fjords and islands of the U.S. and Canadian northwest. “
One of the options for my daughter and son-in-law’s get-away from their wedding site is to leave on a seaplane. Wouldn’t that be dramatic and fun?! Might be a little hard to tuck the wedding dress in while she boarded, though. Tomorrow we get the fun task of tasting several menu choices for the wedding. They told us to come hungry. We are really looking forward to seeing and tasting the choices we have.
I’m linking up with Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.
…twice a day.
We’ve found some fun cafes and have also enjoyed meals in the spas we stayed overnight in. For us older folks it works well to limit ourselves to 2 meals while traveling. We’ve been splitting dishes, too. Fish tacos, granola crusted french toast, an omelette stuffed to the gills and covered with gravy (a real heart attack on a plate) We split that omelette, thank goodness. We also came across some fun food related scenes and eateries from our past that made us slam on the brakes to take a photo…
“Oh I’d love to be an Oscar Meyer Weiner, that is what I’d truly like to be…”
We’ve been having a nice relaxing time and that has inspired us to plan another getaway soon…
Tomorrow we head home. Can you believe it’s September already?!
…for an outdoor wedding.
Joe and Mica decided on a casual ceremony with some Mexican traditions from Mica’s heritage. Our daughter Katie was in the wedding.
The bride and groom decided to include the Lasso Ceremony during the ceremony. Lasso (sometimes called, “lazo”) or rope is placed around the bride and groom’s
shoulders (groom’s shoulder’s first) in the form of an “8″ (the infinity symbol) – after they have exchanged their vows – to symbolize their everlasting union.
We enjoyed a delicious barbecue of pulled pork sandwiches after the ceremony with homemade Pico de Gallo that the bride and her mother made. I was too busy eating to take pictures of the food. I did manage to take a photo of the cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake…
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Since I still had 4 Lavender Farms to share with you I decided to combine these two farms. Would you believe we missed several farms, too? Sequim really is the Lavender Capitol of North America.
Olympic Lavender Farm
Most of the farms we visited had live music being performed. There was a great variety from Country to a Harp Soloist.
By this time we were so intoxicated with the lovely lavender that Katie would agree to all my photo shoot ideas! “Go sit amongst the bees” “Don’t worry they won’t sting you.”
Jardin du Soleil Lavender
This is a wonderful piece of property with a great Victorian home and garden and it’s for sale.
There was a maze on the property and Katie set out to conquer it…
Mission accomplished successfully. Another maze under her belt!
Time to sit a spell and enjoy my surroundings.
I had to get a shot of Jill with her camera documenting what stood out to her photographic eye.
We ventured onto the garden paths that surrounded the front end of the Victorian residence.
Onward and Eastward we headed to Port Williams Lavender via a U-Pick Berry farm. More adventures to come.
Tomorrow Katie and I leave very early on a flight to California to visit with family who are converging on Orange County. I don’t know if and when you’ll hear from me this next week but I’ll have another lavender farm posted tomorrow. Hope you all have a nice weekend.
Who chooses to get up on a Saturday and head out at 4:45 A.M. without a fishing pole? Dear and Ellen B.! I’ll share more in the next few days on our adventure…
Hope your weekend is going well!
Dear wanted to head down to Lacey, Washington because that’s where Cabela’s is and I went along for the ride with an understanding that a little side trip would be acceptable, too. We got to the Cabela’s parking lot right before 8 A.M. and people were already coming out the doors with their brand new digital food dehydrators. I took an unscientific look see poll and saw that the dehydrators were definitely the hot ticket item of the morning!
While I was counting dehydrators for my unscientific poll I also got to see animals from Africa, North America including Alaska! That Steller Sea Lion was from the Smithsonian of all places. They even had an huge aquarium filled with some great looking fish. Dear was off looking at guns and ammo and other fun stuff like that.
We finished up our time at Cabela’s with our appetites ready for a nice breakfast. Doing some research on the computer before we left home I came across a restaurant in Olympia called Sage Brunch House. We trusted the computers directions and headed south of Lacey to Olympia to try and find the restaurant. After a few wrong ways we managed to put two and two together and found this little out of the way spot in West Olympia. I think the chef was related to Julia Child because she was not shy with butter! The food was really tasty and that Blueberry Walnut pancake with real maple syrup was amazing! The real reason we ended up in Olympia was to see this…
Our Washington State Capitol. This was the first time Dear and I had ever been to our state capitol. I’ll show more pictures of our stop here later in the week. I hope you noticed that we had some fine weather for our little road trip.
I’m looking forward to a wonderful week with family and friends. Hope life is treating you all well.
I’m linking up to Mosaic Monday with Mary at Little Red House.
…I’d write a little something about Icicles.
These icicles formed off the edge of our gazebo cover. Some of you might be wondering why we didn’t store our cover in the garage for the winter. I have no idea why we didn’t do that but at this point it might as well stay put.
I know people that live in areas where their winters are harsher then ours have way more impressive icicles. Dear was at the Home Depot this morning because he’s working on yet another project in this old house. It is 20 degrees out there. So when the snow off the hood of his car melted in the Home Depot parking lot it formed icicles on the front end of his car. Sure wish he carried a camera everywhere like I do.
I spotted this cutie in our neighborhood. I’m taking a wild guess and saying a little girl created her!
About that project Dear is working on…it involves moving a gas line so he has the gas shut off right now so our little gas stove and gas fireplace insert are off right now, too. Did I mention it’s 20 degrees out?
What kind of temps and weather are you having today?
…it’s the sun!
We finally had a full day of sun on Wednesday so I packed my camera and headed out to document the golden orb and it’s effect on some of our landscape.
These photos were taken at Log Boom Park on Lake Washington.
I found out this is a male Bufflehead Duck thanks to Bev. Thank you Bev!
Ahhh…that was nice and it’s enough to get me through our next couple days of rain that are in the forecast.