Friday, May 29, 2009

Wrap Up

Well, Kids, I'm loading the ol' Vanagon and getting ready to hit the road for Californie!  What would be really cool is walking to California via the Pacific Coast Trail but it isn't in the cards this time.  My wife arrives this afternoon to take over the care giving duties and I return to my life of sloth!  I can't wait!

But I must admit the Great North Wet has become extremely beautiful these past couple of weeks.  I took these photos in Granny's yard after I finished mowing yesterday.

And I made dinner, one last time, one of our favorites, spagetti!  This care-giving gig seemed like it was going to last forever but now it is over, for me.  Granny is doing really well but still needs live-in help.

This is my last blog from the Shoreline area of Washington State.  I should be "Walking Fort Bragg" next week.

In the meantime you might give that sketchy "app" over there on the left a try and you might also enjoy checking out the "Links I Like" on the left.  Particularly "Roz".

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Must be Thursday!

Know how I can tell?  The bins are out on the curb.
Dark gray for trash/kitchen waste.  Blue for recycle and Green for yard waste.

This is my last Thursday in Shoreline.  Goodbye Olympics!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Blue Dauber

Walking along this morning wondering what I could document and then noticed the Blue Dauber had been around!


Could be art!

But hey, it's a job.

I see someone switched to a Flat Panel.

And here is a method for turning graffiti into... graffiti!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Puttin' granny to work!

Laundry time!

Waiting to go to work.  What's the hold up?

Patience granny.  Patience.  Almost dry!
(Grannies took this, her first digital picture!)

Okay.  Get busy!


My care giving time with granny is winding down.  She is much more functional than when I arrived six weeks ago but still needs live-in help.  My wife (grannies daughter) arrives this Friday to take over and I will return to our home in Fort Bragg, California.  Yes, my wife and I are currently  "ships passing in the night" but we are determined to "tag-team" and keep mom at home as long as possible.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Coupeville visit

Here's my travelogue about my get-away to Coupeville.

This photo was actually taken by my brother when I was leaving Coupeville but all bus stops look pretty much the same.  I did walk one mile from my mother-in-law's house to the Aurora Village Transit center where I waited for the 101 bus which would take me north on Aurora Avenue to 148th street near Everett.  I transferred there to the 113 bus for a ride down to the Mulikteo Ferry.  Total cost (for seniors) .50 cents!

On the 113 passing all the Memorial Day Weekenders waiting for the ferry.  I later heard their wait was three hours!

But no wait for me as I walked on board.  Cost of the round trip ferry ride (for walk-on seniors) $1.95.

On the ferry watching the cars come on board.

Passing the other ferry on this route between Mulikteo and Clinton, Whideby Island.

Early Saturday morning walk with my brother around Coupeville.

Penn Cove.

Front Street bonding!

Touches of local humor.

A nice visit; a wonderful dinner, good sleep, an interesting walk followed by a fine breakfast, some conversation and it was time to return to "the mainland".

I rode the Island Transit bus while on Whideby Island from Clinton to Coupeville and back.  Total cost, zero.  Nada.  Zip!  Even for (seniors)!!  Here we are arriving back at Clinton Ferry terminal.

On the "mainland" waiting for the 101 bus back to the Aurora Village Transit center.

Walking the last mile back to my mother-in-law's.
Traveling to Coupeville took four and a half hours.  My return trip took only four.
It was a fun little get-away and astounding weather for a Great North Wet Memorial Day Weekend.  Unprecedented!!
Thanks bro and bride for hosting me.  :-)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

It looks like a great, extended, weekend coming on.  The weatherman promises sun and highs of 64 degrees through Monday!!

My mother-in-law's grand-daughter is coming today to spend the night so I am taking a break.  I'm going to "walk" to Coupeville and spend the night with my brother and his wife!  Actually, Metro buses and an Island Transit bus, with a ferry boat ride in-between, are going to do most of the "walking"!  

I'll post a blog about my experience, of course but meanwhile, have a great holiday weekend.  I will resume this blog Sunday, maybe Monday.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Around the "block" observations!

I knocked off 4.3 miles this morning and this is what caught my eye.

I have walked past this park construction before but this was the first time I noticed they are having, a name this park, contest!

Reminds me of the time there was a contest to name a coliseum in Omaha, Nebraska.  The winning name?
Nebraska spelled backwards!!

This name I would have expected somewhere in New Mexico, not the Shoreline/Woodway area.  Well, maybe Woodway!

Nice ad!

Neighbors working together!

Cargo heading out of Seattle.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shooting what catches my eye.

For years I would be heading to some destination, notice something worth photographing but continue on because I was in a hurry to get where I was going.  Many times I wished I had gone back.  Now that I am retired I make a point of stopping, going back to whatever it was that caught my eye and "documenting it".  Same with my morning walks.  What catches my eye I stop and "document".

I like sharing the results with my blogging community.  And, it is all transitory.  We look, we enjoy and we blog on.
This last photo is for my Lolli.  It is the Rhody beside her mom's driveway.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Elger Bay

My mother-in-law bought property and build a small cabin on Elger Bay in the early 1940's.  Since she is doing so much better and the weather forecast looked promising I asked her if she would like to go to the cabin for the weekend.  "Sure!"

I must say, I enjoy the cabin too and am a great fan of watching the tide come in and then go out!!  This photo of my Crocs, my tea and the bay!

During one of my early morning walks on the Island I discovered how Mountain View Road got it's name.

Surprisingly, here is an American Goldfinch on the beach!!

The resident Eagles like to perch in the trees behind the cabin and watch over the bay for sign of fish.

The resident crows hate it and try to drive the Eagle off.

Although distracted from fish patrol it seems the Eagle will not leave until it wants to.

The Olympics with Baby Island in the fore ground.

Camano Island State Park headland in the foreground.

Mount Rainier to the south via  telephoto.

We had a splendid time.