Night and Day

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Things have been busy- in all the right ways.  I had the opportunity to travel for work this week to sunny San Diego.

When I wasn’t busy meeting some of the most amazing colleagues in my field, I was given a few spare hours to enjoy the city. As a regular tourist, I hopped the local bus to Old Town for dinner and onto Balboa Park for the evening.  The park was fun and inviting with warm lighting and much to do- I spent my time taking it all in. Mission Beach was gorgeous with the perfect sea breeze and the California sun.

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Fresh Eggs

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We have this saying around our house that has us always in project mode- “why not?”.

We’ve had this corner of our suburban yard that has long housed a large purple rhododendron that was adored by me and despised by the Handsome. An agreement was made that it could be removed upon the addition of something really cool that doesn’t require pulling weeds.  Enter the chicken coop. (Why not? Remember?)

Crafted with our own four hands and a bunch of amazing reclaimed fence materials, in three (maybe 4) weeks after work and on weekends, we made this little gem.  It houses nesting boxes for three chickens, a roosting ladder, a window, garden space, and a small, self-contained chicken run. A friend had more than her share of mature hens and was happy to re-home three lovely ladies.  I will be introducing them in the future, one by one, as they allow me to hold and take their photo.

After getting them settled last night, we woke up to a beautiful brown egg this morning, only to be followed by two more by noon. We can’t wait to see how we do on the daily with this backyard flock, but if the eggs keep looking this beautiful, I think we will all get along just fine. Why not?

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Up a Creek

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I spent sometime in Yakima, Washington for my 8-5 gig this week.  Outside of the 8-5 grind, I make sure to take advantage of my statewide travel by enjoying what the local area has to offer.  I had more freedom this time around since I had my own car with me- so I packed up with my favorite colleague and drove up the Yakima River Canyon.  It had been 104+ degrees all week, so we chose to go near sundown for a quick trip up to Umtanum Creek Canyon.  The parking is easy, $5 for the day, and has picnic spots right on the river. You can take in the views of the canyon and the fly fisherman trying their hand at a naturalist art. We didn’t go far since we were midweek with zero preparations for a deep hike into the sage brush. The few hours we spent were clear, warm, and colorful.

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Market Finds

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Oh, sweet Pacific Northwest Summer.  I love you.

The Olympia Farmer’s Market is currently packed with the most amazing produce- local farmers are really delivering the goods this year.  I picked up a few ingredients from three of my favorite vendors (Smoked Chicken from Johnson’s Smokehouse, Beets/Carrots from Kirsop Farm, Walla Walla Sweet Onions from The Fresh Approach, rosemary garlic bread from the San Francisco Street Bakery this week to throw together some smoked chicken stew.

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Rainforest

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Quiet. Calm. Green. Fresh.I love the Pacific Northwest.

Here are a few shots from a recent little walk up to Marymere Falls on a warm summer evening. This is an easy hike with easy access off of Highway 101 at Crescent Lake.  Park near the ranger station and follow the trail.  You will be greeted by towering trees, moss as far as the eye can see, and that awesome hallow trail sound with every step.

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