Saturday, July 28, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
All the excitement of the day really wore Keeli out. She took a tiny cat nap on her towel.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tatum was overwhelmed by a wave while searching for sand dollars.
Keeli played it safe all day and waded in the tiny waves.
After a while all the waves are the same and the sand gets more interesting. Collin and Austin started to bury one another at the beach.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Digging wasn't as difficult or uncomfortable as I imagined. Rick and Cindy were expert at using the clam gun. The clam gun is a fancy little contraption made of PVC tubing and handles which costs about $15. It sure beats digging them with a shovel!
We each went home with our full limit. We had 90 clams to clean. There is a lot of chowder in our future.
While walking around in the surf alternately snapping photos and digging clams, I found two sand dollars. Tatum was thrilled when I returned to the campground.
Friday, July 13, 2007
The alarm went off at 4 a.m. and Rick was gone by 5 a.m. He went to dig clams with his uncle, aunt and cousin. I stayed in bed under the guise of having to stay and watch the kids, but secretly enjoying the comfort of the cabin and snuggling with the kids in the early morning.
The brought back 75 clams! We spent the morning making great plans for chowder and fried clams for dinner. I avoided learning to clean them - this time.
We brought home 14 crabs, that was enough to fill a 5 gallon bucket. Dinner was great!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
This was the kids' view from the trailer as it cruised along the rows to the next grouping of full boxes ready to be picked up. I enjoy the composition of the photo with the row lines, and how Charlie kind of looks like an upward or forward arrow going along the rows with his red cap leading the way.
This is my favorite view of asparagus - the finished project. Pickled asapargus is one of my favorite treats and it isn't just asapargus that tastes like plain old pickles. I've been experimenting with several different recipes over the past couple of years. Rick's grandpa has a fantastic recipe that has a nice little bite from garlic and hot red Chinese peppers.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
The heat and sun were so intense only a handful of parents braved the area in front of the stage, most were huddled with the rest of the crowd in the shade afforded by two small trees.
Keeli kept herself entertained for several hours with an 88-cent beach ball.
Rikard spent his afternoon building a waterfall in the sand. The water could only run as fast as he could run back from gathering more in his little bucket.
Daredevil Tatum attempted the unthinkable - jumping into the lake without her life jacket. While the photo and her description of doing this may sound thrilling, she was jumping into about 3-inches of water.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Along the way we stopped to see the Columbia River. Often times we drive along this river or cross it on our way to somewhere else, but rarely if ever get to stop and enjoy it. The kids had a good time throwing rocks into the water and wading a bit. The photo below is taken at the boat launch near the Vangate Bridge. Keeli was have a non-photogenic moment.Finally, by late afternnon we made it over the mountains to Lacey to visit Auntie Paulette. She had a barbecue dinner nearly ready and waiting for us. Rick drove down and enjoyed some family time away from the science teacher networking center.
After sitting in the car half the day the kids were ready to play. Luckily, there is a huge park with a view of Mt. Rainier across the street from Auntie Paulette's house. The kids rolled down the hillsides, slid down slides and used all the swings available.
I tried to get a photo of them with Mt. Rainier in the background, however Keeli had an acute case of camera phobia.