Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Day at the Sea

Race Well Run

After spending an afternoon and evening at 'the farm,' the next day dawned bright and early. Colleen and her oldest two sons, Jan and Per, ran a footrace which conveniently ended at the state park where we happened to be camping. We cheered them on, enjoyed post-race music and awards (Jan was third in his age-group), grabbed some lunch (I borrowed Colleen's youngest sons, Rafe and Kai, so I could experience what it was like to have 5 boys ~ 7, 6, 5, 4, and almost 3), and met down on the beach.

Luke & Leif @ Larabee

They brought their canoe for the day. It certainly was in serious use for the rest of the afternoon. Jan and their Luke were kind enough to row Rafe, Levi, Luke, and Leif over to a nearby island for some exploring.

Hitching a Ride

Off to the Island

Exploring the Island

Hans (Colleen's husband) swam out to the island and brought Leif back in the canoe. He and Kai were best buds.

Best Buds

Hans and Per then gathered up the rest of the crew still exploring the island.

Returning Adventurers

Russ and Hans supervised more canoe fun, which lasted the rest of the afternoon.

The Guys

If the boys weren't in the canoe, they were climbing rocks and investigating tide pools. Colleen and I spent the day lounging in the sun, relishing the slight breeze, and talking up a storm.

On the Rocks

The sun fell lower in the sky. The tide rose and covered many of the small islands and tide pools.

Splashing Silhouettes

Boys in a Canoe

Does it get any better than this? Seriously.

Summer at the Sea


Christi said...

What a fun day!

our little acorns said...

Look at all those BOYS! Love it!

Heasleye said...

Now that looks like one special, memorable day. Wonderful!!!

thebookbaglady said...

I love that part of the world. I saw the post with Mt. Baker--we were in the region as well visiting family the first week of July. Lovely, lovely. Thanks for sharing.

grandma and grandpa said...

What an incredible trip you must have had! So many new friends and as I understand it, all from your blog?!? Worth every minute of your time blogging, right? Grandma

Colleen said...

Ah, those water pictures are gorgeous! I know you'd capture it in all its glory. We're probably going to head down there again next week, after mid-morning swim lessons. Hike up to Fragrance Lake and then spend the later afternoon and evening at the beach ~ staying long enough to watch the sun dip down below the horizon. So lovely.