Way too many things to do here! Lynn and I drove to Sequim for shopping and visiting the magnificent lavender farms, specifically this picture was taken at the Purple Haze Lavender Farm. The gift shop had everything you ever wanted, fragranced with lavender, including some bread with dip. All the farms were gearing up for the next-day start of the Sequim Lavender Festival.
The weekly free “Concerts-on-the-dock” continue. I’ll let you know who wins the “Battle of the Bands” this Thursday. Friend Chris and I did a little hiking and beachcombing at Ft. Flagler on Marrowstone Island. Sunday afternoon found Lynn, Chris, and I at Grace’s apartment that looks over the Sound and Whidbey Island. We each contributed to a lip-smacking salmon dinner. We all met at one time or other at North Ranch and it is really fun having friends to do things with.
The most colorful event this week was the arrival of many, many huge canoes from all directions, including Canada. The Makah Tribe is hosting the entire group of Native Americans at Neah Bay for this 2010 Tribal Journey, by the end of August. In the meantime, they arrived here on the beach at Ft. Worden, and other ports along the way at various other times. The canoers asked permission to land and they were welcomed in the language of their people, then in English. It was quite a sight as bystanders rushed to help hoist the canoes on their shoulders and bring them on to the sand. The Ft. Worden Commons was filled with tents and ceremonies were held throughout the evening. By 6 a.m. the next morning, the canoes were on their way to the next port of call.
My kids and I rented one of the Officer’s Quarter houses for a family reunion a few years ago and it was great fun. Ft. Worden also has all kinds of activities. Grace and I went to a free Writer’s Conference seminar yesterday afternoon. He thought we should all know, “Why am I a writer.” The closest excuse I could give is that I like to eat but I don’t think he wanted answers quite that simple. He was just too deep for me but when he started on “Navel gazing” I figured we finally connected. I do a lot of that.
The fawns continue to grow and Mt. Baker continues to watch over all.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”