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Random photographs that I think warrant honorable mention. They have nothing at all to do with my current journey, just some blasts from the past. That is all.

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Now, for a small fee, say $25, management will remove your likeness, or you can order three erasures for $50. Or, you can prepay now and sleep easy. Your choice. Talk about random!

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I visited the George Kenny School of Chainsaw Massacres…I mean Chainsaw Carving, in Allyn, WA. George told me they use ten different types of chainsaws to get 99% of the work done. Sanders and other small tools finish the rest. He also said they suitcase the class to various parts of the country, including Wisconsin last year. There’s no accounting for taste, cheeseheads!

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There be eagles

The pictures of eagles I included in an earlier post, was not at all to my liking – there were eagles alright, in trees, but they we soooo far away. With a 12 megapixel camera, I should be able to make that dang bird look like it’s having a face to face with me. But try as I could, my effort to crop the photos were not working. I went to WordPress forums, and this guy responded almost immediately with the process. Let’s see if it works:

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Kay & I were taken by Mark to his home in Alder Lake, 35 miles east of Yelm. He started building in 2004 on 10 acres of land. Two falling cottonwoods demolished a sizable portion of his home in 2007 causing quite a delay. The entire front of the home had to be rebuilt. We went down to Alder Lake, formed when Tacoma Light & Power built a dam, relocating quite a few families further uphill. [Ed note: the pictures take forever to upload, and my “script” may not be in complete sync with them. Your patience is appreciated as I try to refine the blog in progress] The Native American name for Mount Rainier is Tahoma. I took the photos through a telephoto lens from about 15 miles away by my reckoning. What a day for that. Kay got along famously with Mark and Trish, and lots of conversation and laughter whether at their home or the restaurant. They made me drink the wine at La Gitera…or was it jet lag…yeah, that was it – jet lag. Back in Yelm, I took some shots of Mark’s recording studio. One pix shows a stereo receiver bought circa 1966 at University Stereo in Culver City, the prototype of discount retailers in the day. It still works he claims. Down in the garage, you can see the window trim than is getting stained and readied for installation. Mostly cedar I believe. All those tools! Tim Allen eat your heart out. The rosewood flooring is really something too.

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This past week found Kay & I taking the long way around Hood Canal, on our way to Mark & Trish’s home in Yelm, WA. Good (read “sunny”) weather, light traffic, and some great Mexican food made our 90 mile trip enjoyable. Driving Kay’s Honda CR-V is a treat, being one of the cars that competes with my Subaru. Oh yeah, these past two weeks I conducted a rigorous scientific survey, and confirmed this part of the country to be Subie-centric. There are more Subarus here than all the Fiats, Citroens, and Chevettes combined! That’s a fact Jack. More to follow…

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No more “there” there…

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We left our palace around noon, and traveled westerly along the northernmost coast of Washington, through Seiku, Joyce, and Neah Bay. We saw a number of eagles along the way to Cape Flannery, but my video attempts fell short. Highway 112 stopped at the trailhead to Cape Flannery, the extreme northern location for the contiguous United States: latitude 48 29′ 12″N. It was drizzling as we entered the forest, but it cleared for the rest of the one mile trek. The trail took us down to several vantages points which the photographs show below. We stopped at a tribal museum on the way back, and bought some kippered salmon from a native who just caught it the day before – it was fantastic! We had dinner later in Seiku, at Cafe by the Bay. Another full day of adventure and fun. That the rain stopped when we were on the trail to the Cape is a miracle in itself. Stay turned, Lake Crescent tomorrow.

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Port Angeles

Kay and I continue wending our way along the northern most coast of Washington. We stopped at a visitor information office, and a very helpful man provided us with maps, circled with “must see” places. All very well if we had two weeks to do it in! There are roads going everywhere, except through Olympia National Park. So we continue to circle the Park, and Port Angeles is where we are for the next few nights. Maybe ten miles east of the town, we found a bed & breakfast that initially we thought was closed. Why? No one was there is why. So, we parked in front of the gate and started to get out the smart phone & Garmin & maps to see where we might look for another establishment. The knock on my driver’s side window sent my heart a-thumping, and this woman who came out of nowhere asked if we needed help. We yes, I replied, this place seems closed, and we were wondering where to go next. She responded that in fact it was open, and she was the owner, who lived across the road. With that, she welcomed us into a wonderland of amenities and comforts. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but we decided we would use “la place sur la Mer” for the next three days, and possibly four. We are the only guests here, and each room has it’s separate bathroom. She was a glad to have us move in, as we were to be here. Later, after we got settled, we went to dinner at Bushwhackers and enjoyed a more than decent top sirloin, did some shopping for breakfast tomorrow, and returned to finish out the day. What an establishment! The pictures can only hint at the refinement and quality of the place. I mean the hot tub is so big, you can swim against the current if you want. The sauna is just outside our room, and of course, the fireplace. Well, Lyndee had more that enough stories to tell, and her retired husband Alan is going to meet us tomorrow to be sure all the things we need are attended to. The phrase “lap of luxury” comes to mind. Living the dream folks, living the dream. Oh yeah, they lowered the price from $550 a night too. Big of them I thought…

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