Hiking, kayaking and a visit to Indianola oh my
After our little respite from the east coast trip, Susan was chomping to go camping. Last minute reservations were found at Verlot Campground on the Mountain Loop Highway and we packed up for a two night stay.
Being a mere hour drive away from home, Sarah and the grands joined us on Thursday, my birthday. We celebrated with a mile hike up to Boardman Lake where we had our lunch, that Sarah had brought, and birthday song! Last year I had my birthday swim with Lucy, this year a hike with Lucy -- and all the rest of the family! I'm a lucky gal.
|Birthday card by Jaydon. Bike rider is complete with helmet.|
|Birthday card by Lucy. So colorful.|
Thankfully our wonderful hike was just under a mile one way. Those little people's little legs did get a workout, and after playing at the lakeside beach, crawling over logs, taking a swim in the lake, and doing some "bouldering" they were able to complete the hike without complaint. Awesome I say. And this was a perfect distance for my back issues!
|Get those shoes tied just right|
|The photographer checks her gear|
|Kaitlyn snuggles into her back pack|
|Up a few inclilnes|
|Ah, finally some barefoot beach playing|
|Gotta cross these logs to get to the real swimming part|
|And climb these steps|
|Into the wilds they go|
It was a full day with the grands and their mom, and soon it was time for them to drive home. Susan and I had one more night at Verlot before we would pack up and head for Baker Lake. When one is in a kayak it is impossible (for some) to take photos, so I got only a glimpse of this adventure on "film".
|We prepare to unload the boats|
|We will launch at the end of this spit for a day on Baker Lake|
There were no less than 25 boats in our group and once the photos were taken Susan and I drifted off for our own paddle adventure for the day. We (especially I) were not up for the miles long paddle they would all do, so we spent a few hours meandering around the coves and inlets and enjoying the warm, blue lake. After our paddle, and a little fishing for Susan, we relaxed at our campsite until potluck time. We had lots of food (those 25 boats means there were at least 25 people) and mingled with many of the great people on the trip.
|Someone else got a photo of us|
We then came home for a day -- mainly to drop off the trailer, then took off for a visit fo Jenny and family in Indianola, which is on the Kitsap Peninsula and requires a ferry trip to get there.
|Taking Etienne for walk|
|The walk brought us to the Indianola Store and...|
|Who liked the ice cream best?|
|We ate our ice cream as we walked the pier of Port Indianola|
|The tide is out!|
|Jenny, Susan and Etienne enjoy the sun at the end of the pier.|
|Jenny points out this giant plant that looks like it belongs in Jurrasic Park. It's name is Gunnera.|
|A long day for Etienne as he passes out during dinner.|
I got more birthday wishes and gifts AND fresh steamed crab caught by Jenny and Laurent for dinner. Then it was time to call it a day!
|Happy birthday from Jenny (& Laurent not pictured)|
|Good night all...|