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Sat, 18 May 2013 The Tease is playing tonight at the Rumor Mill starting at 8:00. The Chameleons are at Herb’s starting around 9:00. Decisions, decisions… was first posted on May 18, 2013 at 11:30 am.©2012 "San Juan Update". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed Continue Reading
Special Three-day Filing Period for County Jobs
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Last Chance to Hear Orcas School Musicians This Year
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How the Electricity Got Here
Sat, 18 May 2013 Check out this video made in 1951 by the Bonneville Power Administration, that shows the manufacturing, delivery and laying of the first power cable from the mainland to the islands. It’s from the history section on OPALCO’s website and there are more videos on Opalco’s YouTube site. Pretty cool! How the Electricity Got Here was first Continue Reading
Next weekend’s work
Sat, 18 May 2013 Memorial day weekend will is the first big boating weekend of the season. I’m going to be helping the new owners of this 1991, 55′ Californian Cockpit Motoryacht take their boat through the locks in Seattle to a yacht club outing in Port Ludlow, WA. We’re meeting tomorrow for an orientation.
Fri, 17 May 2013 On Wednesday, May 15th around noon us Salish Sea whale watchers got the news we've been waiting for for weeks: resident orcas inbound off Victoria! The Southern Residents can and often are seen in the area every month throughout the year, but around April or May we expect sightings to start happening more often and continue regularly through September. I remember in 2005 someone telling me they thought April was one of the best whale-watching months here, with J-Pod on the west side of San Juan Island just about every day. Last year sightings were minimal in April and May, and this year there weren't any from March 10th off Campbell River until May 15th, the latest ever return for the whales in the spring. Perhaps a sign of the changing times and ocean conditions out there! The good news was that all of J-Pod (and honorary J-Pod member L87 Onyx) was present and accounted for, from the estimated 100+ year old J2 Granny to the newest calf, the less than one year old J49: J49 Even better, they all seemed to be in great body condition (nice and fat), so hopefully wherever they've been hanging out they've been finding lots and lots of salmon! Luckily I only had to work a half day at work, so after lunch I went out to the west side of San Juan Island to look for the whales coming across Haro Strait. They were making slow progress as I saw a few of them just round the tip of Discovery Island. Often they pick up speed and jet across Haro Strait, but that wasn't the case today. Luckily I heard from a friend that the naturalists at Western Prince , where I used to work, were just as keen to see J-Pod as I was. We all chipped in some gas money and the captain took us out for a late afternoon cruise aboard the zodiac-style Western Explorer. I met them in town, we suited up in mustang suits, and off we went around the north end of the island. We met up with the whales north of Lime Kiln Point State Park in Haro Strait. The first animals we saw were members of the J16 and J14 matrilines. Throughout the early evening we would get to see just about every animal in J-Pod. While unfortunately I didn't actually see J2 Granny or J8 Spieden myself, their presence was confirmed. J16 Slick and her son J26 Mike After the first few whales passed by, we spotted another, larger group a little ways behind them. In this group were the J22s, J11s, J17s, and the rest of the J14s. Included among them was J27 Blackberry, one of the first adult males I've watched grow up from a juvenile into this big guy: J27 Blackberry Not far from Blackberry was his ten-year old younger brother J39 Mako. These two have been extremely tight since their mother passed away a few years ago: J27 Blackberry with J39 Mako - his smaller dorsal fin hard to see against his big brother's in this shot The whales were fairly close to shore as they made their was up San Juan Island, wowing visitors at both Lime Kiln and then here at San Juan County Park. It was amazing to see a full parking lot there this time of year - word spreads fast when the whales come back! J17 Princess Angeline in front of San Juan County Park Fifteen year-old male J34 Doublestuf passes in front of Low Island, a National Wildlife Refuge, near San Juan County Park All the youngsters were definitely in a playful mood. Here's cousins J46 Star (4 years old) and J47 Notch (3 years old) hanging out together: This group was traveling pretty tightly together, meaning at times there were lots of dorsal fins up at once - a sight I love! Sure it's anthropomorphizing a bit, but the whales seemed happy to be back. They certainly weren't in a hurry to go anywhere and were doing lots of spyhopping, tail slapping, and rolling around at the surface. We dropped the hydrophone in and heard lots of great underwater vocalizations, and on numerous occasions when the whales were logging at the surface we heard some above water vocals too! There was a light but steady rain falling while we were watching the whales. We were bundled up with sweatshirts, mustang suits, and then rain gear over that so staying warm wasn't a problem. It's funny how you don't notice the wet when watching whales. Here's Sarah looking at whales off the bow of the boat: Can whales wrestle? I don't know, but there was a lot of roughhousing behavior going on - it was fun to try and visualize what was going on under water with all the splashing and various whale body parts we saw at the surface. This young one has a piece of kelp in its mouth - maybe playing keep away from its friend? The other small whale behind it proceeded to surface on top of and push the one with kelp back underwater: It's really hard to capture in photos what it was like to watch these whales just goofing around at the surface! Notice anything unusual in this photo? The whale on the left actually has its mouth open! I think this is the first time I've ever been able to see killer whale teeth in one of my pictures. Here's a closer look: I love the more abstract whale photos - many times those are my favorite shots, the sort where unless you're really familiar with the whales you're not even sure what you're seeing. Can you sort out the body parts of the three whales in this shot? On Thursday J-Pod pulled a disappearing act again and they weren't seen, but word is now on Friday afternoon that they're on the west side of San Juan Island right now - so off I go to try and catch up with them again! Now the summer season in the San Juans can really begin!
Bring Your Pet to Kaleidoscope’s Pet Parade!
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This is Our Town: Shannon Evans
Fri, 17 May 2013 Shannon Evans is a 2nd grade teacher at Friday Harbor Elementary School, where she has taught since 2006. She and her daughter Joanna, a 5th grader at FHES, moved to the island for the Mayberry-esque community and the inspiring natural beauty. Click here to read more. ThisIsOurTown.com is a glimpse of the people and businesses that Continue Reading
Get your charts out and up to date
Fri, 17 May 2013 While underway on Wednesday, both chart plotters in use puked twice. The I found the following: The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Marine Information Note advising the maritime community that availability of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs) may be adversely affected during the current increase in sunspot activity. The predicted peak in [...]
Navionics: Over 1m served
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Working from the Model
Wed, 15 May 2013 Ink & Watercolor on navigation charts.Mostly 5 or 10 minutes poses:
A Six Warbler Kinda Day, and More
Mon, 13 May 2013 Last Tuesday afternoon, the last day of our very warm weather, I got out after work and walked around Three Meadows Marsh. In the back of my mind was still the chance to find the yellow-headed blackbird (which I didn't), but I also figured that in the bright sunshine there would be lots of bird species singing, and I wasn't disappointed. I took an hour and 45 minutes to walk around the marsh, pausing here and there to stand still and listen or sit in the sunshine and look. In that time, I turned up more than 40 species! The highlight was the wide variety of warblers - six species in all: orange-crowned, black-throated gray, Townsend's, Wilson's, common yellowthroat, and yellow (155). Common yellowthroat Orange-crowned warbler After the six warblers, there were five swallows: northern-rough winged, violet-green, tree, cliff, and barn. Four finches: purple finch, pine siskin, red crossbill, and American goldfinch. Three sparrows: savannah, white-crowned, and song. Two wrens: marsh and house. And one heron for good measure: a great blue. On Thursday after work we went for a walk at the Friday Harbor Labs, and it was a surprisingly birdy walk considering the dense woods there are often pretty quiet. More orange-crowned, black-throated gray, and Townsend's warblers were singing, as well as house wrens, brown creepers, and red-breasted nuthatches. I was surprised to find three woodpecker species: a couple of northern flickers, a pileated that came quite close where we stopped to sit on a mossy knoll, and a hairy woodpecker that was a new one for my county year list. We came back along the shore trail where the only sea bird present was a trio of rhinoceros auklets. While walking along this part of the trail we also heard a pair of barred owls (156) calling to each other - such an impressive call with their booming Who cooks for you, who cooks for you? Then back at the car I heard a single olive-sided flycatcher (157) call just before we left. Today was gray and a bit drizzly, though still pretty warm at close to 60 degrees. I don't know if it was the rain that drove them in or what, but our feeders were extremely active all day after having been very quiet for weeks. Our sunflower seed feeder and bag of thistle seeds were bustling with pine sikins, red crossbills, and American goldfinches all day. I didn't want to scare them away (whenever a gull flew by, they flushed, then didn't come back for a while), so I just took this picture through our dirty glass door, but there's more than 15 birds of the three species here: Occasionally we've had the pleasure of watching a mink come by. It runs down the rocks, dives into the water, then resurfaces a little bit later with a fish or shrimp or some other prize in its mouth. We've regularly seen it running down the shoreline with its food, making us wonder if it's carrying it back to a den. I wasn't able to get a photo of the mink today, but while trying I noticed there were numerous very large California sea cucumbers around - much bigger and more abundant than usual for right here! During a break in the weather (and a break in the playoff hockey that also took up a lot of the weekend), I headed out to go for a walk at the quarry at the Limekiln Preserve. There were a few target year birds I was hoping for, and one of them, a black-headed grosbeak (158) showed itself briefly on a fence post on my drive there. Westside Lake was pretty quiet when it came to ducks (just a pair of mallards), but there were lots of birds singing including a mourning dove and a pair of warbling vireos. As I walked the loop by the quarry, I also heard a Cassin's vireo, Pacific-slope flycatchers, and the regular assortment of warblers, sparrows, and finches that have been abundant of late. I saw both Anna's and rufous hummingbirds and a few violet-green swallows swooping over the cliffs. No luck with turning up any other year birds on this walk, but I did find a stunning cinnabar moth: The manroot was also abundant on the cliffs and seems to be in peak bloom: Looks like we're tied with Dave at last count as we both sit at 158 - amazing how close our tallies stay throughout the year! And while I'm a good 30 species up on my dad on the year list challenge at the moment, he's got me worried because he's about to embark on an epic two-week, cross-Canada trip that will include some visits to a few birding hotspots. I'll enjoy his bird sightings vicariously while keeping watch for some more new species for me here on the west coast.
Street Sketching in New York
Mon, 13 May 2013 Back Home from the Eastcoast. Here are some sketches, street sketching out around town with ink, and Kremer watercolors on charted paper.
Sunset Crater N.M., Wupatki N.M. and Walnut Canyon N.M.
Sat, 11 May 2013 It was finally time to start our trek North to spend the summer in Washington State with our family. We plan a slow trip with lots of sight-seeing on the way. Our first stop was Williams Arizona at an RV park. Nothing exciting there so only one night. Looking over the maps of the area Jackie found 3 National Monuments that we have not visited and with a little more research we found Bonito Campground just outside of Sunset Crater N.M. It was a forest service campground with only dry camping but paved roads and lots of trees. We backed into site 10 figuring this would give us the most sun (solar) during the day and then spent three days hiking all three of the N.M. Our first stop was Sunset Crater N.M. where it had erupted sometime between 1040 and 1100. The side of the mountain and the surrounding areas for miles is now all cinders. But there is also the remains of lava flow. Nasty, nasty with all sharp edges, don't want to fall here. Jackie peaking around a large flow of lava. Wupatki N.M. consists of several areas of ruins dating back to around 1100 AD. Our first stop was at Wukoki Pueblo. Then it was off to the Visitor Center and a tour of Wupatki Pueblo with over 100 rooms and thousands of people living in the area at one time. Our last stop was Walnut Canyon N.M. where the dwellings were located both on the upper surface and also along the cliff. It was over 200 steps down to the Island Trail--we were just a little sore the next day! A lot of the canyon walls had very unique erosion that just had to be photographed. These were three great National Monuments, not to be missed. To be continued...
Wed, 8 May 2013 I never seem to be able to get the pictures for this blog in the order that I want them. It doesn't seem to matter what order I upload them in at all. Oh, well, I've just learned to write my text in the order that the pictures show up in. It's an artistic challenge. So above is one of my newest rag rugs. I've spent the day running between the sewing machine and the loom which has the rug below on it. I need to get the hemming of 2 dozen placemats, several scarves, and 10 new rugs finished for Farmers market this coming Saturday but I really want to weave. So I did a bit of both. Everything on the farm is behind. Joel's arm is much, much better but we've had to just accept that a lot of things aren't going to get done, some seeds not planted, etc. And we're being pretty philosophical about it. The weather has been cold and rainy up until this week so having soil too wet to till anyway has helped our sense of falling behind. But suddenly it is hot and the beds are drying out and things in flats need to be planted and I get assigned an artist booth at the market. We don't have room at our market for all the artists who'd love to vend there so we share on a lottery basis. Several per week. I had sort of hoped that I could put off setting up an artists booth as well as a vegetable booth for a few more weekends but it is not to be. So I am hustling to get hems done, fringes twisted, tags tagged, etc.
May Newsletter and Updates!
Mon, 6 May 2013 It's almost the end of the school year and there is still lots of fun to be had! Today starts Teacher Appreciation Week! Check out the newsletter for all of the fun surprises for our teachers! Also Class pictures are May 9th and the Mrs. Fields Cookie fundraiser items will be here on Wednesday so make sure you pick them up between 1pm-4pm! These are perishable items and need to get to a freezer! Also get your tickets for Violin Rocks at the San Juan Community Theater May 31st and June 1st! This benefits the arts program at FHES and will also have a bake sale during the performance so if you want to contribute some yummy baked goods or help out with the booth please let us know at FHES.PTA@gmail.com
The Migrants Have Arrived
Sun, 5 May 2013 Friday after work I went down to Eagle Cove since a MacGillivray's warbler was reported there a day before. There are so many great places to visit on the island, and for some reason Eagle Cove isn't one I go to all that often. Perhaps that's because in the summer it gets pretty crowded as one of the island's only sandy beaches; it's a popular sun-bathing spot and the shallow, protected waters also make swimming an attractive option, too. On this day there were a few other people there when I arrived, but they all left before I did, and for a while I had this amazing little cove to myself on a beautiful sunny, warm day. For a while I sat in the grass above the beach, where I took this panorama shot (click for a larger view - it's worth it): The tide was pretty far out, so the tidepooling was excellent. In several places the pools looked almost like ant colonies there was so much bustling activity made up mostly of hermit crabs but also including fish and shrimp. There were lots of mussels, barnacles, and snails as well as a few anemone colonies. In one spot I found a lot of limpets, and these two had their "feet" extended instead of being sucked down onto the rock like I usually see them. I wasn't able to relocate the MacGillivray's warbler, but there was a decent amount of bird activity in the tunnel-like deciduous woody area on the way down to the beach. Pine siskins and American goldfinches were calling from the upper branches. A gang of northwestern crows was upset about something. In the parking area I was surprised when this Bewick's wren flew out of the bushes and landed on the wheel of my car. It seemed really interested in it or the tire as it spent several minutes hopping around it. There wasn't a lot of bird activity on the water other than a large flock of gulls. I did see a few surf scoters, a common loon, and a single harlequin duck. There may have been more out in the distance bu the back-lighting made it especially hard to see. In addition to birds, sunshine, and tidepools, there was a nice variety of wildflowers to see. This one caught my eye in part because I didn't recognize it, but then I found a sign explaining it's a highly invasive species called yellow archangel ( Lamiastrum galeobdulon ), and they were discouraging people from taking it and helping it spread around the island. Today after visiting the local farmer's market I headed out to English Camp where there is a particular stretch of trail that every year seems to turn up lots of year birds for me in early May: Today was no exception. In a few minutes I added black-throated gray warbler (151), house wren (152), and Pacific-slope flycatcher (153) to my year list, and later on my walk I heard my first Wilson's warblers (154) of the year as well. The only one missing that I got here last year was a western tanager. In addition to these new arrivals, I heard and saw orange-crowned warblers, rufous hummingbirds, Cassin's vireos, red-breasted nuthatches, brown creepers, pine siskins, and more. It was awesome to just stand there and listen to it all! I walked partway up Mt. Young and into the open fields on the south side where a trail leads into a Garry oak meadow: While I saw some spotted coralroot blooming in the woods, there was manroot in blossom all over the place out here: The bird life changed from the more woodland species to a variety of purple finches, American goldfinches, violet-green swallows, turkey vultures, and white-crowned sparrows. I caught this white-crowned sparrow just as he took flight: I looped back down to towards the lower part of English Camp in part to check on the opsrey nest, which is dutifully being rebuilt after being blown down again over the winter. Down at the parade grounds there were the usual Canada geese, a trio of black oystercatchers, two pairs of starlings already feeding young in the eaves of one of the old buildings, and still 15 or so bufflehead out in the bay. I walked back up the officer's quarters trail and turned around to take in this stunning view looking back down on the parade grounds: As warm as it's been in the last two days (I haven't had to put on a jacket or sweatshirt once!), it's supposed to be even warmer tomorrow and I'm sure there will be more time spent outside. Here's hoping I find some more birds among the newly arrived summer residents, and oh yeah, it would be great if those orcas would show up soon, too!
Bead Embroidery Makes Me Happy
Sun, 5 May 2013 Getting back to bead embroidery definitely makes me happy, although this piece really isn't about being happy. It's my Bead Journal Project for April, a month that was all about separation and change, about moving, about finding a new way of being, single rather than married. Both the beading and the process of changing my life are still on-going. I don't know what the future will bring with either. I worked on this piece (no name yet) while teaching two different Improvisational Bead Embroidery workshops during the month. As always, I have the students write poems on the second day of class, poems about self based on words and phrases that come to mind while looking at their beadwork. These are the two poem I wrote based on this piece. #1 I am scattered I want to be one of the other words or phrases such as I am peaceful or I am purple or I am flowing but the truth is I AM scattered right now as I cut through the crumpled remains of the soft colors of my marriage dream I am scattered as I pack all my things in a box drained of energy traffic noise in my head... oh flower fabric and aqua beads may you refill my cup of life March30, 2013 #2 I am delicate emotionally delicate I guess a little unusual for me my heart is folded my wedding rings still on my finger my life flowing along as if everything was normal as if everything was the same I am circled by beads beautiful, graceful, pretty beads are supporting a new phase... like the butterfly I will take a new form yet with the same life blood and the same heart as before April 14, 2013
In The Pink ~ Wireworking Tutorial
Thu, 2 May 2013 Maybe I'm back... Or, maybe I'm just avoiding the task of unpacking all the boxes... Either way, as I put on my pink corduroy shirt this morning, the thought of making some new pink earrings propelled me into the studio. Yay... ignore the boxes and have some beady fun! As long as I was doing it, why not take a few pictures? OK, so here's a mini-tutorial about wire working. This is how they look finished. You need half/hard or full/hard wire for these, because they need to have some "spring" to them in order to be able to fasten the hook at the back. I used 20 ga., half/hard, gold-filled wire for this pair. Cut two pieces of wire, each 4.5 inches long. File one end of each wire, so that the cut end is smooth. Use a small, round-nose pliers to make a small loop at the filed end of each wire. Load the beads on the wire. Disc-shaped, lampwork beads work well for this style of earrings. I add a gold-plated snowflake spacer bead and a 2mm gold-filled, round bead on each side of the disc. After adding the beads, bend the wire upward at a 90 degree angle as shown in the picture. If the loop is turning the wrong way, grasp it in the jaws of a flat-nose pliers and twist to position it correctly (horizontal). Use a felt-tip marker to make a mark on the wire 1.5 inches above the right angle bend. This mark will be at the center of the top of the earring. Place a 3/8" or 1/4" dowel as a mandrel under the wire, centering the mark on the dowel. Bend the end of the wire downward, over the dowel, toward the loop at the back of the earring. Do this step slowly, checking your progress and making sure the bend is directly above the beads. Cut the end of the wire about 1/8 inch below loop. File the cut end smooth, and slightly round the edges. Then I sand the tip of the wire with #400 (or finer) sandpaper, and polish it with a soft cloth to make it totally smooth. Use round-nose pliers to round the tip upward a little, allowing it to hook into the loop for security. These earrings are very comfortable to wear. Because of the hook at the back, you'll never cry over one lost earring!
North Ranch SKP park and Arizona desert
Wed, 1 May 2013 Yes, we know, it's been awhile so here goes with a more pictures to keep you happy. Lets back up and at least tell you where we have been the last several months. November was spent in Pahrump visiting family and sharing Thanksgiving with them. Then a week or so in Vegas. Most of December was visiting friends in Yuma, thanks Joy and Mel for the great stay and sharing your Christmas with us. It was then off to Quartzsite for most of January with friends, camping at two different locations. But the big news is that in mid February we purchased a lot at North Ranch Escapees Rainbow Park just 4 miles south of Congress Arizona. We will use this as a jumping off place in the winter to visit a lot of central and southern Arizona. It's only 100 miles from Quartzsite and about 200 to Yuma and about 135 miles to Tucson. While the park is in the middle of nowhere there is a lot to see and do in the area (read: rockhounding and photographing). It's tight but we can get a second rig where our jeep is parked for short stays and can run 30 amp, water and can use our Sewer Solution for dumping, so come visit us, RVing friends! We did a few thing around the property to make it ours and feel more like home, but most of the landscaping was done by previous owners. Guess that's part of why we purchased it. It's nice to finally get Dick's rocks out of the basement of the rig and into the shed, must be 500 pounds lighter. We got all settled with a barbecue and camping chairs and then... ...it started to snow. Must have stuck around for all of 2 hours and then it was gone. Lots to see in the area and here is just a picture of the hills with lots of Saguaro Cactus. Spring finally came to the desert so Dick had to get some pictures to share. These are Easter cacti. This Saguaro in the park is estimated to be over 400 years old. That's a little older than Dick who just celebrated his 70th Birthday. Love the contrast between the red and shades of green and yellow. Spring in the desert is beautiful with an unbelievable range of colors. Just about made this guy into pizza but he stopped on the other side of the road to check us out. This was our first guest that came to visit. And this was our first overnight guests that came to visit all the way from the big apple. Andrienne and Vittorio, thanks for sharing your time with us and hope to see you again real soon. To be continued...
Order out of Chaos
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 LS has a difficult job trying to help people whose lives are falling apart to find the keys to their inner home. She doesn't complain, but I know from past experience that it's no easy task to listen to people's problems all day. So I imagine that she finds some peace and harmony in arranging things. What a good time she must have had lining up and stacking these bits of shell, beach glass, and other objects in such a tidy arrangement! Although not precise, it is orderly. And this one just melts my heart. I love the odd thing in the center surrounded by alternating pointy green and roundish white bits of beach glass. Some time ago, she arranged all these wooden wedges in the window of a shed. I'm willing to bet she doesn't think of herself as an artist. But wouldn't you give these high marks as art? I would! * * * * Speaking of order, I'm still unpacking boxes and trying to make order in my new home. It's getting there. The beading table is currently clear enough to do a little bead embroidery... be still my heart! I'll try to take and post pictures of my current piece soon.
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 …click to listen: …about the music Action packed. Tweet I don’t have TV service, and I rarely go to the movie theater. There, I’ve said it. I know, it makes me sound weird. Anti-social. Backwoods. Or maybe just deviant (hmm… this all could be colorfully helpful for the mystique of my composing career). It’s not that I don’t appreciate entertainment. But I’m [...]
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 Bink bonk went the Tron eating silicon bits and the lovely trees Daphned about the orchard formerly as young girls ungainly looped behind ― their quirks of charm fresh as a wave through the golden dry acres. Wit-free after long offgassing as the trees so near to the underworld come a-moulting glass feathers as in molten-flowing, now cool, like cellophane, as ambience ― Tron! Glory ‘o the dry gold hills! The programmer is lonely, isn’t it, Joe? Well, see through it, Jack, said the VRP. A dodecahedron of open faces where swim the universes, laving, then breaching, firewalls; In the realm of the emanating strophe ― in one realm, the place and it’s cargo poised with most of all of it at the back, awake; and the food Tron must survive on bubbles like the sun in his throat.
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 …click to listen: …about the music On the edge. Tweet Well, to continue the theme of the previous post, here’s something else that was really fun, that I also did from the very same [occasionally aquarium-style] desk as I’ve been doing all those other really fun things: a video podcast that was streamed live on YouTube [...]
Spring Newsletter & Teacher Appreciation Week!
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 Well our school year is slowly coming to an end but there is still so much to look forward to! Coming up in May we have Teacher Appreciation Week from May 6-10. There is a lot of opportunities to help out this week! We are looking for volunteers to donate food for the Teachers Breakfast on May 10th and the Teachers Lunch on May 7th . If you are interested please email Ryan @ email@example.com. We also have Bring Your Teacher a Flower Day on May 8th . The FHES PTA is accepting orders for Carnations for your child to give to the teacher. The flowers are $2 a piece and we just need the child's name, teachers name and money turned in with your kid by Monday April 29th .There is a slip you can cut off at the bottom of the newsletter that went home last week! Also coming up at the end of May is an assembly and workshops sponsored by the PTA called VIOLIN ROCKS . This will be held on May 31st and June 1st. There will be 2 evening performances and a portion of the proceeds with go to the Arts program. Keep your eyes peeled for our next month Newsletter with plenty of more information on this exciting event. And here is our most recent newsletter with more detailed information on Teacher Appreciation Week and other upcoming events. Thank you for all of your support!
Watch the conductor
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 …click to listen: …about the music This stuff is deep. Tweet Readers of this humble bloglet know that I see a lot of awesome things from my desk. Each photo in this post is either of something in front of it, or… on top of it. Chugging along past the grand Olympic mountains… Not too long ago, an outside-the-taco-shell-thinking musical blogizen [...]
Wedding Freebie! Votive Candle Wraps Free Printables
Wed, 17 Apr 2013
Things are a Bit Crazy Around Here
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 Things have been a bit crazy around here. Joel broke his arm playing baseball on Easter at the annual Easter egg hunt, potluck and softball game tagging a 10 year old at second base. He'll be out of commission until the end of the month and can expect another month before the arm is mostly back to normal. (His doctor said that softball and soccer are their bread and butter). So I'm carrying wood, feeding the chickens, planting all the seeds, doing all of his chores as well as my own. And we won't have curry for dinner for another month as that's his specialty and I'm not even trying. We've had great help from family and friends and we're going to be fine. Oldest daughter came out for two days and did heroic work mowing, weeding and planting. Daughter number 2 has offered her yurt to anyone coming to help out and daughter number 3 has a plane reservation for June and who knows what sort of pieces she will have to pick up by then..... But the garden keeps growing. I made the first rhubarb crisp last night. (No pictures as I scorched the crust and although it tastes just fine it isn't very photogenic). And I've managed to get the next set of rugs with our darkest wool woven in between stuff. The three hemmed ones are washed and hanging on the line to dry. The two with fringes will get finished next week. And Joel has this to look forward to. Our old BCS tiller that we got used over 10 years ago finally gave up the ghost and we splurged on a new one. Of course, Joel can't run it one armed but his brother has offered to come over and till so I guess he'll get to take it on its maiden voyage. I always knew Joel did a huge amount of work but now I am getting to REALLY appreciate it. He's being amazingly patient but I know he's really tired of this. He can weed with his left hand he's discovered and thus the therapeutic virtues of dirt will prevail.
Tips for Throwing a Geek Themed Birthday Party
Thu, 11 Apr 2013
Ask a question about visiting the San Juan Islands
Sat, 6 Apr 2013 A place where you can easily post your questions about visiting the San Juan Islands.
Rug Close up
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 As requested below by The Weaver of Grass, here is a closeup up of one of the rugs on the clotheslines below. The warp is a heavy cotton rug warp and the weft Joel's handspun wool from our sheep.
FHES Principal Candidate Interviews
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 A parent/community presentation opportunity for each finalist will take place at 6:00 in the FHES Library. We will have finalists come to the district individually (one day per finalist) and spend their time getting to know us and for us to get to know them better. Each leader brings a great deal of insight and leadership to the role of principal and to public education. Here are the finalists and their interview dates: * Jerry Bauer: Monday, March 25. Mr. Bauer has served in the role of elementary school principal in Montana and in Wisconsin. He is currently working in the Education Department at Montana State University. * Diane Ball: Thursday, March 28. Mrs. Ball served nearly 20 years at an elementary teacher in the Conway School District in Skagit County. She is currently in her ninth year as an Assistant Principal in the Marysville School District. * Matthew Holshouser : Friday March 29. Mr. Holshouser is an experienced elementary school teacher and is currently serving as an Assistant Principal in Livingston, Montana.
Commercial Fishing Days
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 New work from this spring, 100 sumi ink drawings from my days commercial fishing in Alaska. These were all people I fished with and boats I fished on. The salmon boat was the Marvel, my own 32" troller.The Longliners were the schooner Arrow and the Memories. Sumi ink, 3" x6", some collaged surface with old navigation charts.
Back in the groove
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 Finally, new posting after almost a year off not blogging. One hell of a year it was though. Great times and a very successful season. We had a mild winter that has allowed us to basically have a continual harvest throughout the entire winter and even now we still making weekly deliveries to a few accounts and the grocery store. Quite a bit of ground already direct sown with cold hardy greens. Peas and favas are in as well with more to be sown very soon. Our propagation houses are filling up fast and we're just about ready to start transplanting into our other big greenhouse at the main field. We'll be squeezing things in just about anywhere we can fit them at this point. It'd be nice as I always wish for this time of year to have it dry out a bit more so we could make a little more room so we don't get backed up.It'll be what it'll be though, wet or dry, we'll deal. We opened up our pizzeria this year too. It's called Hogstone's Wood Oven. We've been open just about a month. We have a lot of work to do but we're finding a groove. All in good time. The one thing for sure is the pizza is very good and we're off to a great start. We're invested into taking our farming to the next level which I know may sound cliche-ish but we love to cook. It inspires us and we like to share that inspiration with other. It's also real. We like real. Real is good. Katie and I just returned from a week in Tuscany. It was amazing and I'm very inspired by the things I saw and learned there. I celebrated my 50th birthday while there, I couldn't dream of a better place to do so. Italians take style, food and drink to an elevated level and it was one of those take a step back and reflect moments. I'm humble by nature but as I reflect, I just think to myself "dude... you've done a lot of cool shit" For now, there is much to do for the new season. More planning than physical labor, which at times can be frustrating. Spring time tends to toy with your emotions and patience is a virtue. I'm ready, a new season, spring in step and intently focused on being the best we can be. Ciao, Farmer John
Invisible Weeds of Puissance and Pulchritude
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 There are hidden precincts as close as skin To you, simulposed, one on another― Closed cavern on vacant nether. Yes… covert are the fields they’re in. You go to a back lot But don’t see the cave, where, I shit you not,― I battle my own little Ragnarok, Scarred by the event as a scald must be, Missing you in the weeds where you stop to pee. Where you loft your mindwave against the pale Yellow edge of the concourse― the daylight world. There your cognition may be purled Like a cul-de-sac; but, please, Hail! The sacramental pitch― Tumbleweeded flats, perimeter’d by ditch, That ants abandoned, squatted on by witch― All but the mine, the middle of alone, Where the twilight reigns and the gods turn stone. We must, perforce, the ancient rites perform― The inchoate myth, and the phantasm Otherness, just a brief spasm From solitude to where we’re borne, Into the home life, dear― A ramble in the empty meadows where The secret places are from year to year, The well-swept ground under the temple shell Where, together, all things may, lonely, dwell.
The Consolation of Poetry
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 Lumpen inhales this way and he can die here. The head turns inwardwise to look at what drives out; Which obsessions commandeer, what silent hives abut The bee glade, what constructions over cellar-fear Are tilting toward effluvia. Odors of rose Musk turn stink in the plexus that makes the world. Despite, senses oppose: the projection is hurled Upon the rocks and waters; while some suppose The mind is bent under run-on propositions, Thought experiments in a requisitioned skull, Quotidian fissions blasting around a small Wilderness in a universe of omissions. Make it the case that the clock hands run widdershins. That gnome doctors dig for the curative specie Through cave-bound winds in a brain that bides uneasy. Spring forward the horse, the rider and all his sins. Is there art in the final illuminated Hallways of the gods? The aggregate disperses Into it’s several inks. The rare nib solved verses Starring Sphinx― now he too shall be extirpated.
I was gone, but I'm back, at least for today
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 Oh dear, I was just chastised for disappearing and indeed I did. Now with the new year starting, I really do need to pay attention to the blog again. My past months have been way busy trying to get the house in Arkansas renovation completed. And get this house sold. Between those two projects, twittering the book, regular for-pay-writing, this blog has suffered greatly. Levonne and all my other 3 or 4 followers, I am sorry. Thanks for the heads up.
40 passenger Orca Spirit
Mon, 3 Dec 2012
140 passenger Orca Spirit II
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Death Valley '49ers 63rd Encampment 2012
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 Lets try and get back into more Blog posting as we have more travels to share. Our plan was to head back to Pahrump Nevada from Las Vegas after adding more solar to our coach to visit family and then to Death Valley. We made plans to go to the Death Valley '49ers Encampment as first timers and see what was going on. The Pre-Encampment was Nov. 3rd through the 6th and the Encampment was the 7th through the 11th. We arrived the 2nd of November with plans to stay and dry camp for 9 days in Death Valley. The only problem with the first 4 days was that it was in the mid 90s during the day and a little cooler at night; it got kind of hot in the coach in the afternoon. We now understand why they call it Furnace Creek Campground. We had to turn on the generator and the AC on one or two afternoons to get a little cool air. Don't know how people used to live and work in this environment. We had a grand time with, by our estimate, over 700 rigs. There was lots of Western music playing on various stages during the day and into the night with some great entertainers. We did some hikes, starting out with this one up the Mosaic Canyon, where Dick got this picture of Jackie starting up the dry wash. We got to a point where the wash took a 90deg. turn with all the rocks washed away leaving nothing but solid marble to walk on. A better view of the transition between the solid (cement like rocks) and the marble full of striations from the running water over the years. Back at the National Park where we stayed, it was at the base of the hills and Dick was able to get this shot from the camp at sunset with a man and child walking down the ridge line with the setting sun on the hill behind. Another day we joined up with 20 other 4wd vehicles for a 4X4 tour of Wood Canyon. We met at Stovepipe Wells and headed out with our tour leader Chuck Knight who has spent over 30 years traveling and researching Death Valley. He took us to spots along the road where there were Indian petroglyphs, old mines, and mills. Here is one of the stops on the way South. At a mine the remains of all the junk that was brought up there during the years of operation as still there. We left the mine and started heading up a old narrow wash that was a real challenge for our Jeep Liberty with low clearance, but we made it to the top at over 6000 feet. We started at about 285 feet below sea level that can be seen at the bottom of Death Valley in this picture. This is where we all stopped and had lunch and it was a comfortable 70deg. at this elevation. Another day another hike, this time we met near the south end of the park and 4 wheeled up about 2 miles where we parked and headed off. Again Chuck was leading as he has been up this area several times before. It was a tough hike and one of those days that got very hot. Just an interesting plant that Dick had to get a shot of. It was dead like most everything in the wash. As you can see it was very steep at times and lots of loose rocks with no real trail. We got about 3/4 the way up and decided to head back because the heat was getting to us and there was no place to bring in a helicopter to haul us out. Three of us decided to head back and on the way we ran across this little guy about 5" wide blocking our path. Dick convinced the tarantula to move to the side for us or get squished; he/she moved. We found another way to get back to the jeep and it was a little easier but we were keeping our fingers crossed that we would not get lost. On the way back to camp we ran across this coyote looking for a handout. Sorry fella we had lunch before we pulled out and ate it all. Besides this is a National Park and you can't feed the animals. Another trip to Stovepipe Wells to catch the evening sun on the sand dunes. The man in this photo sped into the parking lot, jumped out of his car and ran out to try and get his own pictures. I got you in mine. The purpose of the Death Valley '49ers Non-Profit Organization is to promote understanding and appreciation of Death Valley and its history. It was fun to see this piece of history going down the road; one of the original 20 mule teams, not sure about the mules but the two freight and one water wagons are original. To be continued...
More Hurricane Sandy Info
Sat, 3 Nov 2012 OK, you are downright sick and tired of no electricity or gas by now. You are cold, have thrown food away, can't get gas for your generators and are downright pissed because you see several hundred power company trucks from all over the country parked in your local Walmart or Kmart. They are playing cards, barbecuing and drinking beer. Why the hell are they not out there making my power go on? Here's the deal: These folks arrived from some other state. Someone has to coordinate efforts to tell them where to go, what to fix and when to fix it. Because you are a union state, they can only work so many hours in any 24. You are not allowing non union companies from out of state to volunteer. They drove a long way for nothing. Anyway, some poor SOB has to communicate with all of them, give them driving directions to somewhere in a city they have never been in, work with equipment they have never seen with folks they do not know. And their workers have to work together. They can't just walk up to some pole and rewire it. We know you are pissed. We Katrina survivors went through it. We watched the guys try to work as fast as they could with live wires. Please try to understand. I know it's hard. But they are doing their best.
San Juan Islands Real Estate - 939 Afterglow Dr.
Thu, 1 Nov 2012 Spectacular waterfront home in a unique subtle blending of Asian, modern and Pacific Northwest influences. Enjoy unforgettable sunsets and breathtaking western views of U.S. and Canadian Islands with the snow-covered peaks of Vancouver Island as a backdrop. To arrange a personal inspection, contact owner/agent Chita Miller at Windermere San Juan Islands, 360-378-3600. MLS# 220220
Surviving Hurricane Sandy
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 I survived Hurricane Katrina. I know it was 7 years ago that Katrina hit, but when a storm runs away with your house and all its contents, you remember. Trust me, you remember. Now many of you are trying to survive after the biggest storm so far this decade. I learned a few things 7 years ago. I would like to share them and just maybe they could help you. First call FEMA. Program in it your phone. 1- 800-621- FEMA (3362) When you finally get through and it will take many tries and hours on hold. They will give you a case number. Do not ever forget it. Have your homeowners insurance declarations page . Never put it down. Have it with you at all times. This dictates what you can collect. Same with your flood insurance. Anyway, give that info to FEMA. The 'decs' page determines how you will make it through the next few months. You will become as familiar with 'decs' as I am. In fact, you will learn an entirely new language. Get a small spiral bound notebook or use whatever you have to start making notes. Every phone call you make, write down what time it was, who you spoke with and what happened. You will not remember even if you think you will. Write it down. Take pictures. Lots of photos. And then take more. Write down what they are and when they were taken. You will need them when dealing with your claims adjuster. Go to your insurance agent's office. They do not have a claims adjustor there. That guy comes later. But often the insurance agency will give you an advance based on your future claim. FEMA may also deposit money in your checking account, no questions asked. They did after Katrina. You can use that money and the advance from your insurance company to pay immediate needs. Even though you may not be able to work, all those bills still need to be paid. You may not have a phone or electric or gas, but all those companies want to be paid. Chances are your cell phone company will give you a few free months. Ask. It's also possible your mortgage company will suspend payment for a couple of months. You still have to make payments to catch up. They won't just tack the lost payments onto the end of the mortgage, but at least you can catch your breath for a month or so. Your insurance company will send a claims adjustor to your home. This man or woman is NOT your friend. His job is to NOT pay your claim or to pay the very least possible. Be strong, be adamant and do not accept his first offer to pay damages. Do accept an advance if you have to pay for something immediately, like tree removal perhaps. If you are not familiar with current constructions costs, find someone who is. Even if you have to pay someone who does professional estimating. Find a person who has been an estimator, not someone who became one a day or so and after the storm. Churches and local helping agencies may help you meet your immediate needs. They will give you food, water and ice. They also have mops and buckets on hand. They may even volunteer to help you clean up at your house, but if you are homosexual, butch up and do not mention that. You will lose that mop or bucket if they find out or suspect. Or they may run out of water and ice when you drive up. Do not hire anyone who knocks on your door and tells you they can fix your roof or driveway or walls or anything else. Chances are they will overcharge you and possibly just take your money are run. Use trusted companies you know. Or check the company at the BBB or even online review can help. Do not use an out of state contractor for anything. They only came to get a piece of your insurance money. They really don't care if they do any work or not. Watch out for price gougers at gasoline stations, grocery stores or hardware stores. If prices seem outrageous, call your state attorney general and report it. It does and will happen. I could write dozens more pages here. If you have specific questions, I will be glad to answer them here. Good luck and write everything down. I survived
San Juan Island Real Estate - 547 Afterglow Drive
Sat, 20 Oct 2012 This rare estate property on Afterglow Drive offers 304 ft of low to no-bank waterfront, sandy beach & a private 88 ft deep water dock. Enjoy glistening sunsets & views spanning from the U.S. to Canada. An elegant driveway leads to the 2789 sq ft Cape Cod-style home with mature landscaping, 748 sq ft guest house & detached garage. This prime property consists of 2 wtf parcels & 2 undeveloped wooded back lots. Walking distance to Roche Harbor Resort, a world class boating destination. For more information contact Linda McMahon, Windermere Real Estate San Juan Island. MLS# 365730
My Class work
Thu, 18 Oct 2012
Lynn Perrella and Anne Bagby in Friday Harbor.
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 This class was a dream come true. A four day workshop with two of my favorite artists in the Mixed Media world. Anne's art was published in one of the first issues of Somerset Magazine about 17 years ago. My...
San Juan Islands Real Estate - 246 Sanctuary Lane
Fri, 5 Oct 2012 Secluded Waterview Estate - Meticulously crafted 3200 s/f home with Artesian flair throughout - handsome antique timbers, custom floors, hand-built staircase & stone fireplace, custom windows & doors and a fun chef's kitchen! 2 bedrooms, 3 baths & office in main house. Your guests will love the Storybook Guesthouse, with 1 bedroom, 1 bath plus loft, all finished in the same masterful method. Expansive patios lead you out to nature's finest views to the Olympic's, Straits & Victoria BC. Contact co-listing agents Vail McClure and Greg King, Windermere San Juan Islands, for more information. MLS# 201179
Sun, 19 Aug 2012 Fair 2012 was a blast!!! We all had fun, and stayed Safe...!
George and Martha: Lake Steven’s Resident Eagles
Sun, 19 Aug 2012 George and Martha Lake Stevens, Washington August 19th, 2012 Last month I was deeply saddened when I found out that one of our Lake Stevens resident eagles, affectionately known as George and Martha, was killed by a lightning strike in a 125ft tree near the lake. The news reports had said that a bald eagle [...]
Tue, 7 Aug 2012
Read news and blog posts about each of the San Juan Islands
Sat, 4 Aug 2012 What to expect: lots of interesting blog entries and photographs from travelers, boaters, kayakers, bicyclists, and hikers about the island in question.
Sun, 10 Jun 2012 New favorite Island ride, about 10 miles from our home. Beaches and Hilltops!
Time for Kayaking and Kayak Tours
Thu, 17 May 2012 Just wanted to put a note out there that the water and weather have been great for kayaking around San Juan Island. I am a guide here in Friday Harbor Washington and we have been taking tours out daily. Not sure if there are any readers here in to taking kayak tours, but if you are, stop by www.dskayaks.com and check out what we offer. For those with your own kayaks, it is time for a weekend getaway to the San Juan's for a bit of kayak fun. Stop by the shop if you have any questions on tides and weather. All in all I just cannot wait to start seeing more kayakers arrive to the island as the weather progresses from Spring to Summer. Happy Paddling
Mon, 7 May 2012
Open House and Plant Sale
Wed, 18 Apr 2012 Come out this Saturday the 21st of April and the following Saturday the 28th for our annual open house and plant sale. We have a ton of great garden ready starts and we'll have the wood oven fired up cranking out some great pizza. Jp and the OK rythym Boys will be playing at noon. Come on out and see what your farmers are up to. Farmer John
Sun, 1 Apr 2012 Happy April! Sheesh is it wet. We have not been able to do as much as we would like to be but we are making progress. This spring appears to be even more wet/cold than last however I think we are doing better job dealing with it than we did last year. We've maxed out our greenhouses with both crops in the ground and newly sown flats. We've been able to get a few things in the ground outside such as leeks, onions, lettuce and Asian salad greens greens. we did get a few potatoes in however not in a traditional manner. Since it's been so wet we took to planting spuds above ground and are covering them in hay mulch. We'll see how well it works. I had a nice chat with a fellow farmer the other day. So great to bounce ideas back and forth. She's doing no-till which is something I've been thinking about. The above mentioned potato plot is a start. We have one field in particular that is very wet that could be a good candidate for further exploration of this idea. My computer acting up, gotta go. Farmer John
Kayaking Baja Planing and Tips
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 I wanted to spend a m oment to write about my recent t rip to Baja for 10 days of kayaking. My goal is to not simply share how much fun the trip was, but also a good description of the logistics and planing for the trip. First off the trip was not a guided trip. We decided to rent kayaks and explore on our own. This is a good option if you have good experience camping in remote areas, good route finding skills over water and of course a good set of kayak skills. This is a fun way to do thing Let me add that even being an experienced kayaker, guided trips can be lots of fun. The trips offered by the various outfitters in the region seem to be pretty amazing and have a lot to offer to those of any skill level. So let me get started with the plans we made while still in the states. After selecting our dates and deciding on a general route we need to find kaya ks. With a bit of searching on the internet we found two companies in La Paz , Mar Y Adventuras and Baja Outdoor Activities (BOA) . After having conversations with both companies we were able to secure kayak with Mar Y Adventuras . Along the way we had email communication with Benjamin at Mar Y Adventuras . Any questions we had were answere d. Now that we have kayaks and the dates secured we needed to get all the travel details to La Paz out of the wa y. You will have two options for airports to fly in to. You can fly directly to La Paz or you can fly to San Jose del Cabo airport. We flew into San Jose del Cabo since it was cheaper. We still have to get from Cabo to La Paz . With all the research we r eally could not come up with the best w ay. So we decided to just arrive and figure it out. When we arrive everyone was really helpful and in no time we had a bus set up with Eco Baja Tours . We were lucky and arrived minutes before a bus was leaving. I recommend reservations which can be mad e over the internet . The buses are really nice sprinter vans that have internet service and movies. It is a pretty nice way to get to La Paz . Out friends arrived later and rented a car. Rent ing a car seemed like a good way to go if you have 4 or more people. So the route we decided on was from Loreto to La Paz . The actual route we did was based on where the kayak company could drop us off and pick us up. So we departed from Ensenada Blanca to Punta Coyote. I highly recommend getting the book The Guide to Baja Sea Kayaking by David Eckardt . I would also take the book along on the trip. The book combined with a GPS will allow y ou to travel to the exact beaches you want and have a good description of all the beaches along the way. The night prior to the kayak trip we stayed at Posada Luna Sol which is attached to the kayak company. It is a gr eat place to stay for the day before and after the trip. We did all of are food shopping in La Paz. There are good super markets that offer anything you will need to fulfill your meal plan. Once all the food was back at our place we spread everything out and packed. We had plenty of space at Posada Luna Sol to layout all of our gear and food to get organized. The morning of our departure we loaded the van and the driver tells us it will be around 5 hours to the launch location. So we se t back and got comfortable for the ride. After arriving a t Ensenada Blanca w e quickly packed our kayaks so we would get on the water and get a at least 5 miles of kayaking done. You c an camp at Ensenada Blanca but there were a good number of people there and we wanted to push on to have our own beach for the night. Over the next 10 days we kayaked and camped at stunning beaches. The first pa rt of the trip was win d free and the water was calm. We traveled at a comfortable pace logging around 10 m iles a day on most days. So me days we would put in 15 miles. But overall a nice an ease pace. There was no good way to collect we ather information when you are out. I had a VHF radio but never picked up any weather data. We mainly chatted with local fishermen and took their word on the weather. They were usually correct. The typical flow is the be up early and be on the water near sunrise and off the water in the early afternoon as th e south wind usually begins to puff a bit. On days where the norther lies came in we would get on the water early and only have a modest plan for the day. The north winds are strong and for us they picked up by 1030am. But overall the water conditions were calm. I recommend getting a fishing license. You can get a 7 day license an d you can buy one once you are there. I used pretty light tackle and could have used a bit heavier line. I would use 20 pound test line next time I go. You can hand line or rod fish from y our kayak. I chose to you a small rod and real. The two lures that seemed to work best for me were 3 inch silv er and back diving Rapala's and 3 inch Buzz Bomb. The fishing is good and we could have fis h for pretty much any meal. As for wildlife we saw whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, Blue Footed Boobies, Pelicans and more. Oh an I do not want to forget the thresher shark jumping. The wildlife is abundant and you will always have something to see. Once at Punta Coyote we had to search around to find a place to take out near the road. There was not designated location so we simply found a spot that was closet to the road and hauled out and waited. Eventually our ride showed and we packed all the gear and head back to La Paz. We spent our last night at Posada Luna Sol and the next morning we use Eco Baja Tours to get back to the Cabo airport. This time we had reservations for the bus, which we made before the kayak trip. The buses do sell out so I do recommend a reservation. Spend some time in La Paz if you can. We planned to have a couple days before the kayak trip to explore La Paz. There is great food and night life along the water front malecon. The general atmosphere is fun and lively. We stayed at Casa Verde Inn for a couple of nights. It is a wonderful place. Located a short walk to the malecon but yet far enough away to avoid the noise of the night life. Well I hope this post helps those out there looking to plan a kayak trip to Baja. I am sure I missed lots of things that you might want answers to. Feel free to leave a comment to ask me questions.
Awesome Custom Designed Aluminum Water Bottles
Tue, 21 Feb 2012
CHECK OUT HOBBES' NEW BLOG!!
Sun, 4 Dec 2011 San Juan Island vegetable farmer and cook Hobbes Buchanan Check out this new blog (click here) from great cook and SJ Island vegetable farmer Hobbes Buchanan. Part of Mr. Buchanan's bio: "Trained in the art of cooking for 22 years by Chef Jacquelyn Buchanan, N.E. (nutrition expert). I've gained experience at the following restaurants in the San Francisco/Bay Area: Post Street Bar & Cafe, Hayes Street Grill, and General's Daughter (Sonoma County). I sold my vegetables to many of the most successful restaurants in San Francisco and Sonoma and Napa Valleys..." Check our sidebar for other great island blogs from other local producers. including Thousand Flowers Farm . Matt's Fresh Fish , and the adventures of hunter-gatherer Eleanor, manager Anna, and many others in Eleanor's Letters from the San Juan Island Community Co Op .
PERCY SCHMEISER - A BRAVE EXAMPLE WE CAN FOLLOW
Fri, 21 Oct 2011 Hi Everyone - The San Juan Agricultural Guild (SJ Ag Guild) is sponsoring Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser's visit to the San Juan Islands. This is one very brave man, with a compelling story, who hopefully helped change the way the wind blows when it comes to genetically modified foods and a huge corporation's ongoing campaign against the small family farmer. You can read more - at the link above - about this quiet farmer who, with his wife, and against incredible odds, stood up - and has continued to stand up - for what they know is right. Mr. Schmeiser will be at the SJI Grange hall on Sunday, October 23rd from 7:00-8:30 pm. Cost is $15. Mr. Schmeiser will talk about the years spent battling Monsanto in the courts , and the dangers of introducing genetically modified organisms in the food system. On the same subject... Go here to find out how to let the nation's top grocery stores know you have concerns about Monsanto's new genetically modified sweet corn. Read the latest news on genetically modified crops here , and about simple ways you can take effective action. Fish consumers, Pacific Northwesterners: Read about genetically modified salmon - classified as a "drug" so as to take advantage of less stringent rules - now up for approval by the FDA, here and here .
Hey, We have Visitors!! Kallari Chocolate!
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 Hi Everyone! Ecuadorean Kallari chocolate maker Long time no see! Now we're back to catching up this page, and the first thing to know is that we have visitors from the Ecuadorean Kallari chocolate Cooperative arriving early next week and staying for 4 days! Read below about the programs they'll do while they're here, including a chocolate demo at the SJ Co Op. The second thing is through this Saturday 10/15, for any size donation , you can become a member of Slow Food. Go here to do that . The Visit - Events Activist and Kallari Cooperative founder Judy Logback , and cacao farmer, chocolatier and financial director for Kallari Leonor Cayapa are arriving on San Juan island late on Sunday evening, and spending Monday all day at the high school, headquartered in HS Spanish teacher Brook Landers classroom, with other classes including Mr. McNairy's and Ruthie Paull's classes stopping in. Leonor speaks her native Spanish and Kichwa, and English, and Judy will also translate for Leonor. Brook Landers has generously offered to be Judy & Leonor's escort and ambassador for their trip. Kallari chocolate Caffe Femenino coffee grower Monday after school, they'll all be heading to the Co Op around 5 pm to do an open house with chocolate samples and with Caffe Femenino coffee supplied by Friday Harbor's Soroptimists. Soroptomist Anna Coffelt, who is also our SJ So Op manager spearheads the work the Soroptomists do with this WA based coffee company and will make the coffee. Anna saw that Caffe Femenino's mission and Kallari's are similar. Tuesday am Judy and Leonor will do a program at the Friday Harbor Library from 10:30-12 noon, then a truffle making class from 1:30 - 4:30 at Marion Melville's kitchen, over on Bison Lane off Cattle Pt. rd. We're charging 25$ for that, so that we can cover the cost of chocolate and travel expenses. Marion and Doug have also donated their guest house for Judy and Leonor's visit. While Judy and Leonor are here, they'll also have the opportunity to connect with our wonderful island farmers. We want these two, the Kallari farmer and the cooperative organizer, to get to meet everyone and compare notes and make a connection. We think we can learn a lot from this cooperative, and the more small farmers connect worldwide, the better. Wednesday these two inspiring women will have a chance to rest and see the island, and Wednesday night they're going to have dinner at the Community Dinner at the High School before they have to take off either that evening or early Thurs for an event in Seattle Thurs morning at 10. The Food for Thought Community Dinner features island grown beef and produce and is planned and prepared by the high school Culinary Arts students and Andy Radziolowski and Liz Varvaro, who teach these kids and run the Food For Thought program at the school. Dinner is 5$ and will be incredible! We sure hope you can make it to one of these events. Everyone adds something special to all this. All of us connecting - that's how we can change the world! cacao beans There's a great paper Judy wrote about what they've done with the Kallari cooperative, with many observations that can be a big help to us here on our island. It's worth looking at if you have a minute. Double spaced for easy reading. Kallari Cooperative member About Kallari Ecuadorean river, Napo region KALLARI (kah-YAH-di) is a cooperative of over 850 Kichwa cacao farm families in the Amazonian Napo Province of Ecuador. With student activist Judy Logback , t he Kichwa people created this cooperative for more control over revenues. R ealizing most profit is made from sales of chocolate bars, not the cacao beans, the Kallari Association decided to produce their own chocolate. Robert Steinberg , a founder of Scharffen Berger chocolate, advised the cooperative on chocolate making and Stephen McDonnell , the founder and chief executive of the Applegate Farms organic food company, helped them establish the Kallari Chocolate Company. Kallari is doing something never done before in the global chocolate industry, w ith self-reliant governance and innovative economic model. The cooperative provides the Kichwa people economic resources to resist both logging their forests and short-term-only riches offered by environmentally harmful petroleum extraction . 100 percent of profits from sales of chocolate bars is returned to the Kallari cooperative. The Kallari cooperative is Rainforest Alliance Certified, which is denoted by the little green frog seal on the packaging. Farms that are Rainforest Alliance Certified protect wildlife, wild lands, workers' rights and local communities. In 2004 a chocolate bar made with Kallari beans was presented at the Slow Food Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy. Slow Food selected the rare organic Cacao Nacional cacao bean found only in the Kallari communities for the Presidium Award .
Tue, 13 Sep 2011 Pictures say a thousand wordsa feast for the eyes For the last week of our trip we are staying in Panama city to explore places we havent seen or even knew they existed by stumbling onto them. All the city noises makes us urn for our little quiet town of Friday Harbor. Speaking of stumbling and talking your way into places we went to the International Trade Show as buyers. They packed t
Tue, 13 Sep 2011 Merry Christmas Gringos AmigosBoy do we know when to get outta town We have been keeping in tune with the happenings on SJI via emails and The San Juan Islander and it doesn't look like a good time to us Although the pictures are beautiful have fun in ALL THAT SNOW. Our little complex where we are renting consist of the owners that are from Quebec and have been here for two and a half years
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Tue, 13 Sep 2011 The Blog........As promised our blog from paradise to make you green with envy for those who are in Washington freezing and slip sliding away while attempting to drive. Its been kind of a rough start with my Mom passing away on the 10th and flying to Panama on the 14th. My heart is heavy with sadness but she is now at peace and no longer in pain. Thank you to everyone for your support and kin
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Northwest Folklife Festival 2011
Sun, 3 Jul 2011 Folklife Festival 2011 Seattle Center I went to Folklife this year with my 19 year old daughter. The weather was perfect and we had a really great time enjoying the music and the people. People watching is one of my favorite activities and there were all kinds at Folklife this year. Some very [...]
Another Great Discount on Kayak Tours
Sun, 15 May 2011 Check out the following link to receive 15% off of a Discovery Sea Kayak Day Tour. 15% OFF KAYAK TOUR This is a great opportunity to save a little on your San Juan Island vacation. Paddle the west shore of San Juan in search or Orca Whales, Seals and other wildlife. Enjoy distant views of the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island. This is truly one of the best kayak tours you can go on and with 15% off, it is the best price on the island. It is true. I am using my blog to try and bring in a little extra business and help those looking for a San Juan Island Kayak Tour save a little money. Thanks
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April 1st 2011 Transient Orcas
Sat, 2 Apr 2011 We had transient orcas 10 minutes from our office today! There were three family groups the T100's, T124's and the T90's totaling 11 whales. It was great to see T90c a calf born 7 months ago looking healthy and boisterous. It was a quiet day on the water and we found ourselves watching the orcas with no other boats for most of our tour. We had a great steller sea lion encounter along with bald eagles and harbour seals.
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