Open House Road Trip

On Saturday we set out to the Northern end of Whidbey Island with Fort Ebey State Park our destination. We had to be out of our house from 1 until 4pm so a drive was a good option for us.

Set on the western side of Whidbey Island, Fort Ebey was constructed as a coastal defense fort during the Second World War.

The bluff trail overlooks Admiralty Inlet and offers peek-a-boo views of Point Wilson Lighthouse across the bay. Douglas-fir and hemlock provide shade along forested trails sprinkled with pink big-leaf rhododendrons in season.

We took a short loop that took us to Lake Pondilla and were rewarded with a viewing of this bird. Is it a Golden Eagle, a young eagle, or some kind of hawk?

Next time we visit we’ll take the Bluff trail to the Gun Battery.

From Fort Ebey we drove the 5 miles to Coupeville and Penn Cove which are set on the Eastern coast of Whidbey Island. We enjoyed some Penn Cove Mussels and these views.

Our Discover Pass expires the end of the month so we’ll have to take advantage of visiting some more Washington State Parks.

Summer officially begins this Thursday. Do you have any special summer plans?

No Mind Has Imagined…

Being in the country with acres between my son’s home and other homes I am enjoying the sights and sounds that I do not experience living close to a big city. While enjoying what I’m seeing with my own eyes right now out the window then reading this verse from the Bible it makes me wonder about what we have yet to experience from God.

So much beauty for us to enjoy in the here and now and yet there is more that God has prepared for those who love him.

This is a post from May 26th a few years ago and I’m posting it again today. We are busy moving our youngest and her hubby into their new apartment today and then I’m headed to California with our oldest and his dear wife tonight. Whew! Packing it in. Here’s a photo of my dad taken yesterday on his 95th birthday.

He’s fallen a couple times over the last few weeks. The bruising on his face is from falling into a doorway. It’s hard growing old.

I’m trying out a new look for my blog…time will tell if I change it again, soon. Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of you in the USA!

Spokane Lilac Festival

Last Saturday we drove south to Spokane to catch part of the Annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. This parade takes place during the Lilac Festival. To get to the parade we parked on the north side of the Spokane river and crossed a pedestrian bridge to get across the river which gave us some great views of the rivers current thundering with spring runoff.

Addy was in awe of all the noise and activity of the parade.

This is the pedestrian bridge we crossed to get to the downtown parade route.

I should have taken a video so you could hear how loud the rush of the river was.

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This shot above with the mist was looking west

I’m traveling to Southern California on Saturday with Josh and Laura to see my pop who turns 95 tomorrow. He is not doing well and it will be nice to have a face to face visit with him and see some of our other family, too. We fly back home on Monday early afternoon.

Hope you all have a good Memorial Weekend.

Rushing…

…to get a fresh Spring post up before we hit the road home. This is the Spokane River with the spring runoff rushing to the Columbia river. I’ll post more photos from our evening at the Lilac Military Appreciation Parade after I get home. We’ve had a busy time here with Addy and her parents.

Until later hope all is flowing nicely in your corner of the world.

They Bloom…

…as if overnight!

Addy warmed up to Gramps and Baba with no problems. We are always pleased that she remembers us and lifts up her arms for us to pick her up. We were able to see first hand all the new skills that she has mastered.

She moves and entertains in motion.

Eating cheerios while walking.

Scooting on her (what animal is that?) giraffe?

Building…

She has the cutest way of saying she is done eating.

Trying to gather all the numbers from her number puzzle right side up and upside down.

We enjoyed our time again with our kids in northeastern Washington.

Meanwhile Spring is blooming in our western Washington yard!

Lilacs, Pear blossoms and apple blossoms.

What’s blooming in your corner of the world?

Stop to Enjoy Spring!

Enjoying the photos I was able to snap of Addy and this next one that our Daughter-in-law took of Addy with her trusty furry friend.

We are in the thick of it at home again. With our house on the market we don’t have a lot of down time at home and that means my time on the computer is limited, too. We have no offers on our home yet and we have not found a home in northeastern Washington to make an offer on, either. Asking for an extra measure of trust from the Lord. Our weather has been glorious since we’ve come home. It’s so nice to have sunshine and to see all the Spring blooms.

Barns and Brunch

A couple of barns off highway 395 on the way to Colville in low light.

I like to take a photo of this view every time we visit our son and his family. This time I took it early in the morning on our way back home. Next time we go the snow will probably be gone.

Linking up with Tom The Backroads Traveller for The Barn Collective.

On Saturday we enjoyed brunch at Josh and Laura’s for a belated birthday celebration. Josh and Laura gifted me the sign that they chose because of the name of my blog. Thoughtful kids.

We had a nice walk to some local play fields and decided to take our obligatory selfie.

We have a busy week ahead with a trip east and over the mountains again to celebrate our little grand’s first birthday. Excited that we will also be enjoying the beginning of Spring this coming week!