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Crystal Crescent Beach Park

We weren’t going to let a bit of snow and wind and rain stop us from our beach adventures, so we got some coffee pastries and headed down south to another provincial park. Crystal Crescent was very nice and there was a well laid out trail that headed down to a couple sandy beaches, followed by a couple of less well maintained paths that went further south to rockier beaches.

We ended up only spending an couple of hours there as we ran out of trails that we could travel. The combination of cold wind and wet, steep, slippery rocks over the sea made us turn around with a desire to go back when the weather gets a bit more conducive to walks with a baby.

Nice sandy beach! Never mind the tonnes of seaweed.

Nice sandy beach! Never mind the tonnes of seaweed.

I feel like this picture belongs in a clothing magazine.

I feel like this picture belongs in a clothing magazine.

At least they are up front about the lack of maintenance.

At least they are up front about the lack of maintenance.

Now with extra scraggly trees!

Now with extra scraggly trees!

Someone is not very trusting with pastries, not saying who in the picture this applies to.

Someone is not very trusting with pastries, not saying who in the picture this applies to.

Martinique Beach Provincial Park

For the long weekend, we decided to go check out the beach! That is what everyone does in October, right? We made our way up north to Martinique Beach Provincial Park which is only a 45 minute drive north of Dartmouth and just hung out on the beach for the morning. It is not the first time we have taken Holly to the beach, but every time we go she can walk a little better so she gets more and more keen on exploring. Can’t wait until next summer when we can go swimming at the beach with Holly!

It was around 2km of unbroken sandy beach. Coming from the Seattle Puget Sound I am jealous.

It was around 2 km of unbroken, sandy beach. Coming from the Seattle Puget Sound, I am jealous.

Now with extra walking

Now with extra walking!

It only rained a little bit

It only rained a little bit.

Exuberant Walking!

Exuberant walking!

We’ve Moved!

Sorry for the lack of updates recently but we have had a very busy couple of months! Jasmine wasn’t happy with her job so she found a new one – with a twist. It is a marine robotics job located in Nova Scotia. So a couple of weeks ago, we finished all of our preparations and moved to Canada!

We have a bit of a backlog of posts, some moving related, some crafting before we put all of our belongings into a box. I plead tiredness, but the posts will begin anew soon!

We were all tired.

We were all tired.

Seattle Aquarium

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the Seattle Aquarium with some friends and now we are finally posting about it! I’m not saying that kids are distracting and take time, I’m just saying.

TL;DR The aquarium was a little small, but cool and fun nevertheless. The only downside was that it is surprisingly hard to take pictures in the aquarium that turn out at all with the weird lighting, thick glass, and fast motion. Mostly, I blame the index of refraction.

I think that the highlights were probably the otters for me, as they are very cute and entertaining to watch. It was more of a generally cool place with some neat underwater viewing like a huge dome and some giant tanks. We would probably go back at some point in the future, but are not in a rush.

Insert generic coral in an aquarium photo here.

Insert generic coral in an aquarium photo here.

Jellyfish! They had some color changing light and UV to show of the jellies phosphorescence.

Jellyfish! They had some color changing light and UV to show off the jellies’ phosphorescence.

Trapped in a gelatinous cylinder.

Trapped in a gelatinous cylinder.

Half of an underwater dome.

Half of an underwater dome.

An outside picture so you can reflect on how weird aquarium lighting is.

An outside picture so you can reflect on how weird aquarium lighting is.

PAX West

After being overtaken by events during the past couple of weeks, we are back into the blogging and going to try to catch up on the missed posts. First up from the way back machine of about two weeks ago:

Neither Jasmine nor I had ever gone to a convention before so we decided to change that up and bought tickets to the PAX West in Seattle. For those of you not in the know, PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) is a large (~80k people) Video and Board game exposition where you can check out all the new games and meet the creators and others who like the same games. As we are both fans of gaming, we thought we should at least check it out.

As it turns out, Jasmine wasn’t able to make it but, one ferry ride later,I went and checked it out. As it turns out, very large conventions are not my jam. It was, as would be expected, full of really cool games, and everyone I interacted with was nice and happy to be there, but the operative words are “full of”. With that amount of people in that small of a space, I don’t think I could really enjoy myself. So, overall, I would say worth trying, but not for me.

This is was the entire convention center looked like, more or less.

This is was the entire convention center looked like, more or less.

Some of the presenter had sweet dioramas!

Some of the presenters had sweet dioramas!

The best part of the day, coffee and donuts at a a punny place (Porpoises)

The best part of the day, coffee and donuts at a pun place (General Porpoises).

Seattle Blizzagnarak

Seattle has been having its snow of the century and since Snowmaggedon and Snowpocalyse seem a bit overplayed to me, we have coined it the Seattle Blizzagnarak. It is sort of funny because at about 12-18 inches of snow over the last week, it is kind off a nothing event by the standards of the mid west and Northeast, but the city shuts down as we just don’t have the infrastructure.

That being said, it has been a blast for us as we both miss the snow. It is both easy to walk around as we are now within walking distance of a number of major streets which are plowed and some of the restaurants and cafes have stayed open. So we just get to work from home and wander around in the snow, which is great fun.

Everything looks so crisp and clean in the snow.

Everything looks so crisp and clean in the snow.

Snowman! The snow was sticky enough over the weekend that we made Mr. Rhodes, the rhododendron snow man.

Snowman! The snow was sticky enough over the weekend that we made Mr. Rhodes, the rhododendron snow man.

It was a picture perfect day on Saturday!

It was a picture perfect day on Saturday!

Throwing snowballs into the sea is surprisingly fun.

Throwing snowballs into the sea is surprisingly fun.

It is funny that while there is about a foot of snow 60 ft away from the beach the water keeps it snow free and "warm" at the beach.

It is funny that while there is about a foot of snow, 60 ft away from the beach the water keeps it snow free and “warm”.

Fauntleroy Sound

One of the things that drew us to West Seattle was the proximity to the water. After living within walking distance or a short bike to the Bay, Ocean, or Harbor for over a decade, living in Renton was a bit of a bummer – especially in the summer. So I figured if this first new house post was just a couple pictures of our local beach, that would be for the best.

The view just down the block.

The view just down the block.

Warning: judgy cats by water.

Warning: judgy cats by water.

Panorama from Brace Pt. to Fauntleroy terminal.

Panorama from Brace Pt. to Fauntleroy Terminal.

Busy with Rockets and Aircraft

Sorry for the recent delay in posts here. Life has caught up with us in the form of work-based rockets and aircraft. In recompense, below are some pictures of the aforementioned rockets and aircraft.

RL-10 from the museum in Huntsville near MSFC. Not exactly what I'm working on by close enough for government work.

RL-10 from the museum in Huntsville near MSFC. Not exactly what I’m working on, but close enough for government work.

P-8 courtesy of Boeing.

P-8 courtesy of Boeing.

And an obligatory Saturn V image, as I'm breaking the no rockets rule I may as well go whole hog.

And an obligatory Saturn V image; as I’m breaking the no rockets rule, I may as well go whole hog.

Springtime in Renton

It’s springtime for apples and Renton – and winter for blackberry and moss. Musical allusions aside, it is finally springtime at the house and I have pictures of flowers from our yard to prove it! It is very interesting at the change of any season as we live on the top of a reasonable hill and work at sea level between the Sound and Lake Washington. This means spring is two weeks earlier at work than it is at home.

But now we have crazy blooms of pear and plum, as well as some of the perennial flowers. And buds on all of the trees. So we are both happy about the extra colour and promise of very fresh fruit at the expense of some extra work.

Apple tree does not believe in early flowers. It is fearful of the final frost which happened mid April last year.

Apple tree does not believe in early flowers. It is fearful of the final frost which happened mid April last year.

Pears on the other hand are all in on blossoms. Even if fruit trees didn't give fruit they would still be worth growing for the flowers, shade, and wood.

Pears, on the other hand, are all in on blossoms. Even if fruit trees didn’t give fruit, they would still be worth growing for the flowers, shade, and wood.

And the poppies that we thought we killed last year in the drought came back with a vengeance. It is nice to have flowers on the dinner table again.

And the poppies that we thought we killed last year in the drought came back with a vengeance. It is nice to have flowers on the dinner table again.