PART I

We’ve just come back from a north-south trek of approximately 2000 miles in under 2 weeks, and although road-weary, our hearts, minds, and bodies have been stretched to encompass the loved ones, new experiences, and places we encountered along the way.  I’m always aware of the folks who care enough to read this, and as I think of you, I write and post pictures not to say “Look what we’ve done and seen! ”  but, “Wish you were here.”  This time, some of you were!

I took plenty of photographs in CA (on the road in the Central Valley and the SF Bay Area), Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, but the majority were taken on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula at Ft. Worden State Park where our family was reunioning.  A good time was had by all, and to illustrate, here are some highlights.

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To start, we’d been on the road for less than two hours when the traffic practically came to a halt, the cause of which was one of the most dramatic sights out of the van window–a still smoldering brush fire–very impressive to our youngest passengers even if the event added 2 hours of time in the car!

roadside brush fire under control in CA

roadside brush fire under control in CA

snow-capped Mt. Shasta

snow-capped Mt. Shasta

toes in Puget Sound

toes in Puget Sound

crab hunt before breakfast

crab hunt before breakfast

checking out the catch

checking out the catch

green sea weed

green sea weed

Ft Worden Beach

Ft Worden Beach

another day, another bucket

another day, another bucket

crab

crab

A's fort

A's fort

busy

busy

finished fort

finished fort

view from the bluff

view from the bluff

when Dad has the camera

when Dad has the camera

hide and seek, better use for defunct bunkers

hide and seek, better use for defunct bunkers

wall color

wall color

leaving day, officer's row

leaving day, officer's row

candid cousins

candid cousins

map of my dream park, Chetzemoka

map of my dream park, Chetzemoka

combers

combers

colorful kelp

colorful kelp

kelp, painting-like

kelp, painting-like

wetsuit for a rock

wetsuit for a rock

And this is only the first half…can you feel the sand between your toes?

To Be Continued…

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