Sunday, August 30, 2009

Building stuff at Deception Pass

After a rainy start from Seattle the day turned out marvelously.
Deception Pass is beautiful and offers lots for the kiddos, a
freshwater lake to swim in, driftwood forts and stone cairns to build
and explore on the ocean beach which is only steps away from the lake.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Make ahead camping food


tomatoes from our garden

We embark on our final big trip today and I'm trying something new – a no cook camping trip (except coffee and marshmallows of course).  I was thinking of making a bunch of stuff ahead like salads and snacks. So far I’ve only gotten a few things made like the roast peppers and the raspberry oat bars.  The bars don’t look like much but yum they taste fab – kinda breakfasty – i suspect they’ll get gobbled up with coffee in the morning.

If i actually get to it my make ahead menu would look something like:

Dinners : (1) chef salad with rustic bread; (2) tortellini, pesto, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella salad

Lunch: (1) croissants with roast vegetables (2) anything left in the cooler or peanut butter and jam 

Breakfast: (2) cereal with berries

Snacks: apples, raspberry oat bars, chips, carrots

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bay View - birds and beachcombing

After a lovely morning of investigating the tidal flats and Padilla
Bay Interpretive Center the boys are either napping or playing soccer.
I am thoroughly enjoying a quiet moment with new field guide, The
Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Anyone been to Bay View State Park or Padilla Bay?

We leave for our next trip this week.  This time we off to Bay View State Park and I'm a little nervous about this one.  Friends are coming and I picked the site, but i really don’t know much about it.  I only chose it because it was close and our first choice, Deception Pass, was fully booked.

One friend mentioned that it’s not supposed to be that great – my rep is on the line!  Bay View is on Padilla Bay, which looks like a naturalists dream, but how will it be with preschoolers? 

I suppose i should be worrying more about the forecast thundershowers…

Monday, August 3, 2009

Artsy Nature Pics

I’ve been playing around a bit with the macro setting on my camera.  I took these shots at Spencer Spit. my favourite is the red crab although it seems a bit overexposed – can you believe that shell was only about the size of a quarter? 

Which one do you like the best?

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