Category Archives: The Great Outdoors

Simple Sunday – Weekend at Kalaloch

This was the weekend.  Every year we go and when it is over, we find ourselves planning for the next time. This was Haley’s first trip to Kalaloch, and I suspect, her first trip to the ocean.  She loved running … Continue reading

Posted in Simple Sunday, The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Simple Sunday – Up to the Top of the World

They shimmered in the sun, whirring and spinning non-stop while we waited in line for our turn. Up, up, up.  At the top was a breathtaking view.  Ladybugs – four, five, half a dozen or more – alighted upon us, … Continue reading

Posted in Simple Sunday, The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Simple Sunday – Camping/Glamping

Yesterday we did some pseudo camping.  This is basically where a person is too tired to full on camp so they just meet up with their friends at the campground and spend the day.  We packed our camp chairs, some … Continue reading

Posted in Simple Sunday, The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Taxonomic Classification of Mud puddles, of Course

This morning the sky was gray and promising rain but from my quick glance out the door the drops were few and far between.  Dexter knew it was time for the bus stop walk and he was eager to go.  … Continue reading

Posted in The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Summer Toys. Winter Toys.

It has been past time for quite a while.  Finally on a not so rainy day last week I decided the time had come.  Cody was at school and since it was a Friday, Carter was home all day with … Continue reading

Posted in The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

The Little Annual That Could

I am the first to admit that I do not have a green thumb.  When it comes to keeping plants alive my track record is grim.  I believe my main deficit when it comes to gardening and tending to plants … Continue reading

Posted in The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Always Home

Snails.  Not only are they always home but they are always in the process of creating their home.  For the snail their shell is home but it also means safety from predators like birds and frogs as well as from … Continue reading

Posted in The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Garden Gnome Season

Apparently late September in the Pacific Northwest is not Garden Gnome season.  I get it, really I do.  Most people consider the garden gnome’s habitat to be a traditional garden, one of flowers or vegetables.  I, however have to disagree.  … Continue reading

Posted in The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Fort Flagler – One Point on the Triangle of Fire

I will never be a historian or a historical writer so if you want the history of the three forts Fort Warden, Fort Casey, and Fort Flagler that make up the “Triangle of Fire” you have come to the wrong … Continue reading

Posted in The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Rabid Ninja Squirrels?

It is 82 degrees outside.  The boys are in various stages of undress, jumping over the sprinkler in the front yard and occasionally pausing to gnaw pieces of watermelon down to their mottled green rinds.   I should be doing something … Continue reading

Posted in The Great Outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments