I was blessed to have my son, and his family, visit for their spring break. I had to work, but we managed some time together.
One of the things that we did, was to take a little walk around Old Marcus.
Every year, Lake Roosevelt is drawn down, and reveals the old site. One can see the crumbling town foundations that are normally under water.
My granddaughter has a little sewing project going when she visits.
The kitty will become a cushion, but it is slow progress since we don’t live close to each other.
The family has gone back home, and I have spent the morning making small design boards. This small project has been on my to-do list for a long time.
I used pieces of scrap foam core and batting to make mine.
They range from 9″ to 15″ square.
I used the tutorial from Bee in my Bonnet. These are useful little boards!
“‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ …
‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.’”
—Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Sunday has proven to be a glorious day…no rain…no snow!
So Hubby and I took some time out to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
We packed up the bikes and headed over to Old Kettle for a bit of exercise.
This is one of our favorite recreational areas and we are blessed to live nearby.
There are interesting markers that describe the old town, but for today, we simply rode our bikes and enjoyed a bit of nature, rather than exploring the town history (a fun thing to do as there are remnants of the town and it is easy to imagine what life may have been like).
Old Kettle Falls still has residents, such as this squirrel, who was having lunch.
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
This morning, Hubby and I took advantage of having one more day off together. We took a little paddling jaunt on the Columbia River, near our home.
We both had trouble adjusting our little pocket cameras, so as beautiful as the morning was, our photos don’t do it justice at all!
We were right under the eagle, but looking into the sun at him (or her). And, as I said, it just wasn’t a camera day for either of us.
It was wonderful to see the national mascot on Independence Day!
Hubby is tying down the canoe for the trip home. Hopefully, we’ll have more opportunities to take it out this summer.
It has been a great couple of days off!
Click here to see a 4th of July canoe paddle from 2012. The photos are better (and different) and there is a link in the post featuring a little history of the town of Marcus.
Click here to see a September post of a canoe paddle on the Columbia River from 2014. Enjoy more beautiful scenic photos!
Sunday was a gorgeous day, so Hubby and I packed up a picnic lunch, and the canoe, and headed for Little Twin Lakes.
The area is primitive and remote. The access washboard dirt road is narrow and about 6 miles.
But so worth the trip!
Beautiful and serene!
Happy birthday USA!
No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. -William Blake
Just thought I would share a photo of the new babies nesting next to my front porch light. Enjoy!
Hubby took this photo for me.
If you’d like to see more photos from previous year’s of this same Western Flycatcher pair, simply do a search for Western Flycatchers in the Search on the left side bar of this blog.
“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird
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