Thursday, February 15, 2018

Head West my friend

The Olympic Peninsula is a great place.  One of the things that's cool about the Peninsula is that you can drive to the westernmost part of the continental United States.  Sounds like an adventure for a little fox. 

Ah, to get to the westernmost point you must take a trail to Cape Flattery.  I'm in. 
What nice weather. 
Boardwalks are always helpful.  They help keep fur clean. 
I am getting close.  They had lots of viewpoints along the way. 
Do you recognize those mountains Sandy?  It's Canada!
More secret coves. 
The view at the cape is amazing.
 Looks like there is an island out there with a lighthouse.  I wonder if they offer tours?
Lunch with a view. 
Now that I am refueled I think there might be more areas to explore on the peninsula.  Lake Crescent Lodge (on Lake Crescent) is a cool looking place.  They have all sorts of rooms, cabins, and places to hang out. 
Wow, this lake is really cool. 
Sequoia loves playing in the water. 
What a day.  I think it's time for this fox to relax.  Who wants a drink? 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Back in the game, the adventuring game that is.

Hello Blog Pals,
I rested and "found' Little Fox at the helm of the blog.  I rested a few weeks back at home and then decided it was time to wrangle my roommates and take them on a trip.  No, we are not camping in January (that would be ridiculous). However, we did a stop at this campground to do a hike.
The river is in great shape. 

The falls look pretty darn good too. 
Even though it was a short hike this fox is getting hungry.  Time to head into town.  The nearest town was Port Townsend, Washington.  It's a nice little town, lots of old buildings and places to explore. 
Port Townsend was suited to be the next big city sometime in the late 19th century.  Most ships from Asia on the way to Seattle stopped in Port Townsend to pay taxes, give the sailors a break and restock supplies.  Taxes, sailors, and lots of businesses that cater to sailors makes Port Townsend an ultimate destination a 130 years or so ago.  Things were looking great, then a depression hit the US, the the railroad realized how hard and expensive it was to get trains to the city, and realized Seattle had a good seaport and was a lot easier to send train tracks to so Seattle became the next big thing.  

The customs house is in great shape.  Not bad for a building from 1893.
They have a nice downtown decorated.  Perhaps this could be my next Christmas card photo?
Ferries from Whidbey Island serve the city.
Back to lunch.  I bet if I hang out here I might get a lunch to my suiting.  
So, how does one go about joining the salmon club? 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Gracias Drunk Fox

As my regular blog readers know I took a trip to find myself.  While I was out finding myself my dear friend Drunk Fox took over the blog.  I need to get him a gift as a way to say thank you.
It's winter so it's pretty cold.  I went on Pintrest to find some ideas for the fox who has everything, who is in rehab, and who loves chocolate.  I found a lot of different recipes and ideas for hot chocolate.
I don't know about hot chocolate in the slow cooker but it sure looks good. 
Hot chocolate smoothie? I wonder if it's low cal?
Disneyland's hot chocolate.  Yum.
I bet this is what Ben drinks at his house.  Do you think Ben has been to the Bistro De Paris?
Probably not the best idea for Drunk Fox.  

Eventually, I found these hot chocolate toppers to give to Drunk Fox.  It's a big marshmallow, chocolate and covered in sprinkles.  I hope he likes it. 
I have heard that Jerry and Ben always recommend a hot chocolate and a candy cane so I found a small candy cane to include in Drunk Fox's gift.
Now, I need to find Drunk Fox.  He seems to be "resting" but I can wake him up.
Drunk Fox was pretty groggy but he perked up when I gave him his hot chocolate care package.  I also snuck in some other artisanal hot chocolate and marshmallows.  I hope he likes it. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A visit with Santa

Hello Blog Pals,
A fresh and found Fox reporting live for his blog post.  I wanted to report on the cool holiday cards I got from my pals.
I know it's past the holidays but I was out and about finding myself and I didn't get a chance to get to the mail.
Do you recognize this art?  I always know when a letter comes from Jerry and Ben.  
They sent a cool card with a good looking bear on it.  My kind of card.  Thanks Jerry and Ben. 


Droopy and his gang sent a fun reindeer card.  This card has some glitter on it and we get a reflection on it from the Christmas tree.  Thanks Droopy, Patches, Spunky, and Grandpa Angus. 


A card came this afternoon and there is a bear on it!  

Ajdin, Uncle Tibbs, Parker (woof), Ms. Feathers, and Ooogie sent this cool card with a bear on it.  Thanks guys, I love how everyone in Ajdin's gang has different signatures (unlike Drunk Fox and I who have surprisingly similar signatures, go figure). 


A letter came from Canada today.  Looks like the Vancouver (BC, not Washington) post office has gotten their act together.  They probably hired a few stuffies to supervise and manage the mail delivery personnel.  
Sandy saw this badge and thought about me and the philosophical journey I took this year. 
The pin looks great on my winter scarf and says "May the forest be with you".  Thanks Sandy, it's perfect!

Thanks everyone for the cards.


After reading the cool cards from the gang I decided to get in line for a visit with Santa.  Now, Christmas is over, sigh, but that's OK because this Santa is working on Christmas 2018. 
After reading about Ajdin's experience waiting in line during Black Friday Santa Bear decided to enlist a reindeer to work security.
Not a bad turnout for Santa.  It seems that a squirrel, another reindeer, and little bear have started the line.   
Oh my, I need to get in line.  Drunk Fox is ahead of me and he takes hours with Santa.  I wonder if he will let me sneak in front? 
Wow, the line isn't even moving yet.  Apparently Santa Bear is on a break or something.  That's Ok, it will give me time to refine my list. 
My list:  snacks, trips, a new scarf, hiking book, dog treats (to keep Sequoia in line) and some new archaeology gear.  Yep,. that ought to do it for me this year. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The big question and answer.

The starting point is now, the end is up to you.  - Ron Kaufman.

Oh, hello blog pals.  I didn't see you there. I am about to wrap up my blog on my journey.  Here are some things I learned when I set out to find myself.
1) There are lots of quotes about finding one self on the internet, who knew?
2) Travel is always fun but it's good to get back home.
3) Don't be afraid to try new things.
and the million dollar question......did I find myself?????????  Well, yes.  Yes, I did.
Now that we got that taken care of it's time to return to regular programming.  I think I need to dust off my snowshoes, say hi to Sequoia, and start supervising my roommates so there is more time for adventure.  Oh yes, I better get Drunk Fox a gift for all of his help with the blog.  Hmm, I wonder if there is a gift shop on this trail?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Time to start heading north.

"The only journey is the journey within."  Rainer Maria Rilke

Blog pals ~ I hope all is going well. I have left California to head up to Northwest Washington.  Today,  my journey has taken me to Whidbey Island.  I started out my adventure at Whidbey Island's Deception Pass State Park.  Canada is in the foreground (way far in the foreground but I believe it's there).
The forest is calling.   Apparently, there is a hike to the Deception Pass Bridge and then a viewpoint beyond.    
There are some great views on this hike and it's not raining too hard. 
I made it to the Deception Pass Bridge (underneath the bridge, that is).
I wonder why they call it Deception Pass.  Aha, apparently Capt. Vancouver had a team of explorers explore the area (that's what they do) and they thought this island was a peninsula and when they found it was two islands they were deceived, hence Deception Pass. 
Now that I learned about the naming of this area it's time to explore.  There are lots of hikes around here (Deception Pass is Washington's most visited park).  I think I am going to check out the summit since the weather is holding out. 
Made it to the summit.  Now I wish I had a sandwich. I am hungry.
I hear that there is a place called Fort Casey in the area that has some great views.  Let's go!

There are the old barracks in the background.  Fort Casey isn't active anymore however it's being used as a conference center for a local university. 
I better be careful.
Fort Casey was one of three forts set up as defenses to the Puget Sound area in the late 1890s.  They put these big guns at different batteries throughout the park to sink any enemy ships that might want to enter Puget Sound.  Most of the guns at Fort Casey were removed during WWI and then the rest were scrapped during WWII.  With the invention of the airplane Fort Casey was too vulnerable to be a good for so they gave the land to the Washington State Park system. 
There is a lot of history at Fort Casey.  They have an old lighthouse that gives tours, a marine exploration area, hiking trails, and camping.   
I wonder if the lighthouse serves lunch?