drove to Anacortes -> took our bikes on the ferry
We rode in pouring rain to our campsite in Moran State Park. In theory we were the only people in the hiker/biker “primitive” camp site, but some guy was living there. He was spiritual and shared his beans for our soup and we used all our camp fuel cooking them.
So the next day, instead of going mountain biking we had to ride back into town to buy more fuel. But it didn’t rain that day.
On the last day we rode to the top of Mt Constitution (highest peak in the San Juan Islands) before leaving.
I am not dead! I am also not in Ireland, I am in Seattle.
view of Seattle from Bainbridge Island Ferry
Crazy Vertigo Staircase
Next morning – I went for a dip in the Puget Sound!
I had access to both a car and little dog this holiday season, so two (two and a half?) friends and I headed east towards Mt Si. Christmas week was chilly but unusually clear, which made it great for hiking! We suited Quinn up in her mini-holiday sweater and headed out.
Initially we had some trouble finding the trailhead…
It was a beautiful day and a beautiful hike, but we had a late start so we opted to do Little Si (480 m) as opposed as Mt Si (1,270 m). I suppose there is only a 2 letter difference between “wise” and “wuss”.
Somtimes Quinn took sneaky shortcuts…
Before the summit (photo credit to Reid)
At the summit…
Lucky Quinn got a free ride back, courtesy of Reid.
On the way home we stopped at a drive-through coffee house (probably only because we had the car) and made a lovely curry dinner back at the house! Good yule times, indeed.
For the festival I helped Jane build shadow box houses…
…as well as putting up the windmills and building A LOT of pinwheels (which everyone called windmills). Fun fact: all windmills turn anti-clockwise except for the ones in Ireland. Except for the ones we made, which also turned anti-clockwise.
Aoibheann got so into the pinwheels that she immortalized one on her leg.
And Cherry Picker Dave got a scribble:
Mostly I was exhausted during the festival and trying not to get stung by the insane amount of wasps that were about, but was at least able to catch Bjork, David Byrne & St Vincent, The Knife and Jennifer Evans.
Of course I don’t have any photos of the actual festival, only after it was over.