Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Back to Railroad Trail

To mix it up a little bit we returned to the site of Casey's first trail outing a year or so ago, an abandoned railroad grade through Bellingham.  No fear this time, just wetlands and abandoned trestles piquing a natural Border Collie curiousity this time around.

A far cry from that scared little runt from Minnesota.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spring's returned..."The Earth is like a child that knows poems."

It's said that spring makes its own statement. And the promise of renewal in Bellingham can be as obvious as a horse chestnut on Harris Street, a blooming conifer as old as the city itself,

As incredibly ornamental as a Fairhaven rhododendron still glistening between late afternoon showers,

Or as subtle as a front yard photo op.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Taking in the sights at La Conner

With a stretch of April showers to look foward to next week, a day in La Conner sounded perfect.  The draw this time of year for us were the tulips of Skagit County, lunch at a longtime favorite cafe and bakery, the Calico Cupboard, and just hangin' with Ezra and Erny and Ezra's other favorite grandparents, Ernesto and Lynda.

It seems like everyone else in Skagit Valley had the same idea.

1 in 20,000

Take a look at this photo op we came upon on the way to the Skagit County tulip fields and a day in La Conner, Washington - one of our 20 thousand (or so) North American Bald Eagles surveying the flats. There was just no other option but to pull the car over and hope this big guy didn't just fly away.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bellingham's sustainability marketplace

It's been a long haul since our last saunter through one of our favorite weekend diversions, November as a matter of fact, and in much chillier conditions. If you're in town on any Saturday, there is usually no excuse to not hang at Bellingham's Farmers Market. From provisions to politics, frenetic to serene, it's all there. Sorry, no dogs allowed though. (A lot they know about Border Collies!)


Gotta be a sweet ride

This has got to be one saweet ride...

I'd give a dew claw to check out the interior.

Where to now?

Two roads diverged (OK...two "paths") in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both.

Thank you (with apologies), Mr. Frost.

Friday, April 9, 2010

False alarm

The crazy, unpredictable weather this time of year in the Pacific Northwest left Bellingham a little "nipplely" - high 40s to low 50s and breezy - but bathed in sunshine most of the day.  And Case was all smiles.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring Break

It looks like Frisbee tosses and long walks are going to be at a premium for the next couple of days with windy and rainy conditions moving into Western Washington and Bellingham getting more than its share of predictable bluster.

At least the cherry blossoms in the front yard haven’t hit full bloom yet, or else these spring fronts would wipe the branches clean. We’d just like to enjoy the view for awhile before we get an early pink blizzard.

Entertaining a thrill-seeker like Casey indoors can be a real challenge - might just include letting him have his way with a chew toy stashed away for occasions just like this.  Today, a used stuffed animal from Goodwill was a short-term fix.

Mr. Excitement after 1/2 hour...looks like the thrill is gone.

It's going to be a long couple of least for Case.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Time to Head Home

Let's head on home, Case.  That's enough pristine for one day.

Rebirth on Easter Sunday

"Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal. It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising..." naturally Casey and I wore ourselves out in the woods today - our First Church of Spring Renewal, and rebirth was everywhere.