Thursday, August 28, 2008

St Louis CDPer visits Forks

This fellow CDPer and his wife visited us today in Forks while on their vacation on the Olympic Peninsula. We met at JTs Sweet Stuff on our main street and were able to converse over a cup of joe. We had an interesting time. Thanks for calling and coming by!
(He said I could put his picture up.)
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ABC Wednesday - F is for ...

... Forest, of course (this was taken on the walk to Marymere Falls, voted the best hike on the Olympic Peninsula).
... and more forest, since there's so much here.
...Ferns in the forest (you can't keep the ferns from growing everywhere - they're even growing up from underneath our deck).
... Cape Flattery framed by firs (Cape Flattery is the most NW point on the 48 lower states).

... and, as a quilter, I had to include fabric at Chinook Pharmacy here in Forks.

F was actually no problem here in Forks. I was glad to be able to find so many this time. I'm having fun with this.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tranquil neighbors

Our quietest neighbors, and that's saying a lot in this peaceful town.
They do love the lawn mower, though. Whenever we start up the mower, they come over to see what's up, and see if they get any of that nice green tender food.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Driving to 'town'

Living in a small town has one drawback - for some medical testing we have to drive to Port Angeles ( 1 hour away), and, sometimes, Bremerton (4 hours away). Thankfully, the drive between Forks and Port Angeles looks like this. Even with spots on the windshield from the bugs, there is no bad view. The first shot is just along Highway 101.
With part of the drive being along Lake Crescent, sometimes you could almost wish it would take longer. Come to think of it, those tests aren't that important, are they? Well, okay, but at least we get the same incredible views on the way back, too.

How many people can claim this kind of view on the way to the doctor?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sky Watch Friday - Eastern sunset colors

I know that sounds like I'm a bit daft, but this picture was taken of our eastern view at sunset. The clouds were reflecting so beautifully, you'd think it was sunrise, but it's not. All of the purples and reds didn't quite show up in the photo, either.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ABC Wednesday - E is for ...

...Edna Mobile,

Engine 061 from the DNR,

Emergency vehicle,

and Elks Lodge Entry,

all from the the Forks Old-Fashioned 4th of July parade this year.

Hmmm, maybe I should look there for next week's 'F' photos...
I missed getting a picture of the Elwha River, which would have been a natural. Maybe, next round.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Two weather faces today

Mowing the field across the way, this morning before the storm hit, with a very happy dog chasing whatever caught his eye.

The evening sky with rain and storm. You can't see the winds blowing, but it is a good storm.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

Clouds and sunshine over the cooling towers of the nuclear facility at Elma, on Highway 101 on the way to Olympia.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

ABC Wednesday - D is for Design

D is for Design in Diamonds on the Deck.

We were making bubbles on the deck and the soap collected in the diamond design in the table on the deck, making rainbows in each diamond.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

ABC Wednesday - C is for Chainsaw

C is for Chainsaw - of the Unlimited variety. At the logging competition held a previous year, we saw these chainsaws in action. These are the size labeled Unlimited, because the only limit is that it has to be operated by only two men. At the competition, two loggers lift the chainsaw into position on a log, and the winner is the one to slice a piece of the log the fastest. The fastest time was less than a second.

To bring the chainsaws into the competition area, it takes 5-6 men to carry them. One of the saws was a Buick V8 engine, converted. The battery is carried separately, and then used to start the engine.

One of the chainsaws in action. You don't know how difficult it was to get a picture in less than a second!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Breaking Dawn

Bellas red truck sitting outside the Visitor Center.
Today the newest book in the "Twilight" series by Stephenie Meyer, "Breaking Dawn", came out in stores. Many stores opened at midnight last night for special release parties, including several here in Forks. There has been a large influx of "Twilight" fans this weekend. There wasn't a hotel room to be had here. There are also a lot of "Twilight" items available here - made by local artists with Stephenie Meyer's permission. No one is infringing on her images, but the artists here have come up with some clever ideas.
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Friday, August 1, 2008

August Theme Day and Skywatch Friday

The August Theme Day is Metal.
What is there about old, rusty metal? Especially when there are plants growing up and through it? It just fascinates me!
This is part of a display at the Timber Museum, of old logging equipment.
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Bubbles in the Sky.
We had a great day while we had visitors, making bubbles with our new bubble machine, and a bubble wand.

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