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Fort Townsend State Historical Park

Fort Townsend State Historical Park

On our vacation, while Hubby and I were driving, we saw a sign for Fort Townsend State Historical Park. One of our goals for this trip was to not be in a hurry…to stop and explore instead of passing on by.

So we did.

Most of this fort has been reclaimed by the forest, and is now a beautiful place to camp. Built in 1856, the army fort served to protect settlers, participated in the Pig War in 1859, and as a munitions defusing station in WWII.

Fort Townsend State Historical Park

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Fort Townsend State Historical Park
Fort Townsend State Historical Park
Fort Townsend State Historical Park
Fort Townsend State Historical Park

The only building still standing is the one that was used to defuse munitions. It is now serving as a group campsite.

Fort Townsend State Historical Park
Fort Townsend State Historical Park
Fort Townsend State Historical Park
Fort Townsend State Historical Park
Fort Townsend State Historical Park
Fort Townsend State Historical Park

A morning walk along the bluff was very pleasant.

Fort Townsend State Historical Park

I am glad that we took the time to explore this lovely place!

Fort Townsend State Historical Park

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

See the world around you!

Mount Rainier Part 2

The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir

Mount Rainier-Myrtle Falls

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Mount Rainier-marmot
Mount Rainier-marmot
Mount Rainier

You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you. – John Muir

Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. – Andy Rooney

Mount Rainier

Yes, indeed, I did see a bear. It is the tiny black spot above the m in my watermark in the above photo. I zoomed in to try to get a closer look for all of posterity but, alas, I did not succeed.

Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier-marmot

How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountain-top it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make – leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents or piled stone – we all dwell in a house of one room – the world with the firmament for its roof – and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track. — John Muir

Mount Rainier-marmot
Mount Rainier

I hope you have enjoyed this walk with me…I know I did!

Mount Rainier

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

See the world around you!

Mount Rainier Part One

Mount Rainier

Of All The Fire Mountains Which Like Beacons, Once Blazed Along The Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier Is The Noblest. — John Muir

Mount Rainier

I was blessed with a vacation, so Hubby and I drove to the West Coast and spent the time visiting our son and his family. While there we went to Mount Rainier, one of my family’s most favorite visited spots. October may just be the best time to visit the mountain for she shines in Autumn splendor!

Mount Rainier

We drove early to Paradise, and the mountain was shrouded, but the clouds burned off fairly quickly. The mist was in and out all day, but the day was still wonderful!

Mount Rainier

If you like Autumn color, and like a post with lots of photos, then come and walk with me!

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Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier-chipmunk
Mount Rainier

Is it just me, or do you think of the Halloween Spirit when you look at the above photo?

Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

See the world around you!

To be continued…

Bats and Boos Update

Here is where I was when I last posted about Bats and Boos:

Bats and Boos

I needed to make four star pumpkin blocks:

Bats and Boos

And set all of the blocks together:

Bats and Boos

One of those pumpkin star blocks is not like the other (I was not happy when Hubby pointed that out to me). Jack the Ripper helped me to fix that.

My Bats and Boos somehow came out bigger than the pattern said that it should. I guess my seam allowance isn’t the same as everybody else’s. So…I added a spacer border to make my personal math calculations work for the next border (which is very much influenced by Pat Sloan).

Bats and Boos
Bats and Boos

How come I don’t see such obvious mistakes until I have sewn it all together and I am looking through the camera (even then it is sometimes questionable that I will notice)!

What would I do with my best buddy Jack?

Bats and Boos

I don’t intend to add another border, and I have the backing pieced. The frankenbatt is pieced as well. I won’t be quilting until Betty Boop comes home from the hospital. I assume her much needed part is somewhere offshore on a cargo ship.

Bats and Boos

Quilt On!

Bats and Boos

Betty Boop is still in the hospital (it is soooo difficult to get parts these days), but I do have my little Janome Gem Gold. Nothing fancy, but she is a workhorse. While internet surfing, I came upon Fat Quarter Shop’s, Bats and Boo QAL, and it has become a squirrel project (Oh, look!) for me. I am thinking of using it as a table topper when I finish it.

Except for one print, I do not have Halloween novelty fabrics in my stash, and I intend to use stash, rather than shop for this project. I think that what I have found to use will do nicely. The first block that I have made is the bat.

Bats and Boos

He is pretty cute! Four of them are cuter!

Bats and Boos

These aren’t the layouts in the quilt along, but I like them both! They could be worth exploring in the future if one has the time or the inclination.

Bats and Boos

The next block that I have made is the star block.

Bats and Boos

There is an oopsie in the block pictured above.

No worries…I fixed that!

Bats and Boos

Next up…I have some pumpkin blocks to make!

Quilt On!