Monthly Archives: November 2017

Fall on Whidbey Island

As it turns out, the one thing that Jasmine and I really like doing is taking ferry trips out to maritime Islands. I’m sure you couldn’t guess from reading the blog. So, this weekend, we took a trip up to Whidbey Island, one of the islands on the Sound. While you can drive the long way around and use a bridge to get on the island, it is much shorter for us to take the car ferry. It was only a one and a half hour trip from work and it is always delightfully refreshing to be relaxing on an island.

We weren’t really up to that much over the weekend; we just went on a lot of small hikes in the various small parks on the island. That and had delightful seafood. Non stop local oysters and local mussels for the win!

We were on the ball during the trip, really had our ducks in a row.

We were on the ball during the trip, really had our ducks in a row.

On the first night we got an awesome sunset on Double Bluff beach.

On the first night, we got an awesome sunset on Double Bluff Beach.

And lots of Heron. I assume that means lots of small fish but we couldn't verify.

And lots of herons. I assume that means lots of small fish, but we couldn’t verify.

And a fort visit, to Fort Casey.

And a fort visit to Fort Casey.

Equally opportunity ruined for visitors - Roman, Maori, Medieval, WWII or other.

Equally opportunity ruins for visitors – Roman, Maori, Medieval, WWII, or other.

Forestwalk! Now with Big trees! This was the trail on the way to the "Ancient Cedar." Not the first or last walk we have taken to see large or ancient trees.

Forestwalk! Now with Big Trees! This was the trail on the way to the “Ancient Cedar.” Not the first or last walk we have taken to see large or ancient trees.

Local Renton Walks

The weather was quite nice on Saturday, so we decided to go for a hike! The weather is very fickle and, in the winter, it really likes to rain, so you really have to take advantage of good weather when it appears. Rather than going anywhere special, we went for a local hike. As it turns out, there are some nice walks around here. If we walk a mile east, we dead end into a power line trail that seems like it goes forever. Maybe one day we will go further, but Saturday the rain kicked back up and we only made it 5 miles. On the plus side, it was a very pretty 5 miles.

Everyone is ready for fall!

Everyone is ready for fall!

Suburbia is real and exists in its bizarre bucolic caricature.

Suburbia is real and exists in its bizarre bucolic caricature.

Powerline trails are always a good sign for hikes near houses.

Powerline trails are always a good sign for hikes near houses.

The Autumn.

The Autumn.

Snow! 2017

In an exciting turn of events, we got our first snowfall of the year! This is exciting because snow is awesome. On the other hand we had still hoped to get more food out of the garden and off of the quite prolific fig tree, but these hopes are now dashed. Also, my bike commute is a bit colder and icier which is sub-optimal, but that is what gloves and wool socks are for.

On the whole, it is now hot chocolate by the fire time, i.e. the best time of year.

I don't think that half grown corn is going to finish growing.

I don’t think that half grown corn is going to finish growing.

Snow certainly makes everything prettier.

Snow certainly makes everything prettier.

It is also time to break out sweaters.

It is also time to break out sweaters.