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Saturday, 15 July 2017

On our way home from the Visions of Paradise tour, we drove by a garden where I knew a great gardener lived, someone I used to know but had not seen since 2003.  I blogged about a previous garden of hers here.

Kate’s garden

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driving slowly past the front garden

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We drove past the corner, where I learned later that Kate is trying to kill off horrible horsetail..

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a scene of battle against horsetail

…and I could not see down into the secret garden below except for glimpsing one foxtail lily glowing in sunlight.  Trying to spy more successfully, we turned the corner but could not see in because of an effective privacy barrier of a steep slope of blackberries.  Up the road, we turned around at the courthouse and came back to head on home…and there was Kate just pulling into her driveway.  She had also been on the garden tour and had thought she glimpsed me in one of the gardens.

She warmly invited us in and began our tour by showing us her latest visions of art, intricate assemblages around masks cast from faces of herself and her friends.

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Most of the pieces were accompanied by poem fragments, which Kate read to us.  One was by Mary Oliver.  I confess I had not heard of her but I intend to read her work.

After being enveloped in the magical world of Kate’s home, she took us out the back door to see her garden.

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on the back porch, with garden books

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This is so Kate.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

The garden lay below the porch in a hidden space that felt like a bowl of light.  It gives the impression of an entirely sunken garden because of the house on one side and two steep banks.

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a fountain was burbling in the shade against the wall.

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Here my camera battery died and I switched to my iPhone.

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ornamental and edible

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a little fountain

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Kate was amazed I had managed to glimpse that one foxtail lily from above.

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rebar and hoops from an old whiskey barrel

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an outhouse (with a bucket)

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an enviable ‘Forest Pansy’ redbud

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It loves this sheltered spot.

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Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

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Forest Pansy redbud (Allan’s photo)

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huge buddleia flower

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Allan’s photo

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in a little leanto greenhouse

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double rain barrel (Allan’s photo)

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the house from below

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leaf tapestry

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shed in a corner of the garden (with lean to greenhouse on one side)

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Allan’s photo

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back up on the porch:

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lifting the veil

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another veil lifted

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more of Kate’s art in the kitchen

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one of Kate’s “rug” paintings

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detail

When I knew her years ago, she used to paint scenes like the one above on furniture.

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from the front porch (Allan’s photo)

She walked us outside and we looked at the corner where her horsetail battle is waged.

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I told Kate that she is an artistic genius. Then Allan and I had to depart because we were due back at home to meet friends.

A Naselle garden

On the way, we of course drove the Naselle and river route rather than the OUTSIDE lane of the Willapa Curves.  Besides, I wanted to check out a garden that we had seen when attending an Indivisible meeting in Naselle last winter.  We have only seen this garden by skirting around the outside, from the street and from the Naselle Timberland Library parking lot.

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In the winter, this swalewas full of rain water.

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view from the library parking lot

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This was IN the library parking lot.

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from the street

Running fairly late by now, I texted our friends that we would soon be joining them.  They were already in our garden waiting.

Apres-tour in our garden

Debbie (Rainyside Gardeners) and Jeanne had gone on the Peninsula garden tour that day.  (Perhaps three years ago, I had introduced Debbie to our local tour and since then she has been invited back to write about it.)  We arrived home and immediately set about making a campfire so that we could all relax and talk about garden touring.  I set Skooter free from the convalescent room so he could join us. He ran joyously from one end of the back garden to the other after his week indoors. 

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Allan, Debbie, Jeanne, and Devery from next door

Debbie, author of Gardening for the Homebrewer, had found some perry (a pear cider made from a certain type of pear) at Sid’s market in Seaview.  It was delicious and I intend to acquire more.

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campfire food

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Friday, 17 March 2017

After attending the quilt show, and blogging about the quilt show, our Friday ended with my birthday celebration at the Cove Restaurant, which is once again open for weekend dinners.

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At the Cove on St Patrick’s Day

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Patty, Kathleen, Todd, Melissa, J9, me, Boreas Inn Susie and Bill, and Dave

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Todd brought flowers.

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with Patty from the World Kite Museum.

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Allan, Patty, Our Kathleen, and Todd

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Irish Stew and soda bread

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Carmen bringing cake.

Allan provided  cake by buying two at Sid’s Supermarket and secretly decorating them himself in the back of our van!

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garden clippers from Dave!

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Plant Delights plants from Todd

Dan and Leanne from Casa Pacifica happened to be dining nearby, so they got some cake, and then (being excellent singers and former choir directors) they serenaded us with “Happy Birthday.”

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I was pleased to get The View from Great Dixter from Kathleen.

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Allan gave me three books about England, including one by a former spouse of mine.

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written by a Leedsman

From Melissa, a subscription to Fine Gardening magazine will be much enjoyed, and Susie had made a lilac scented non headache-y all natural perfume.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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I hadn’t had time to pick up birthday wrapping paper.

Empty Bowls

We began Saturday with the annual Empty Bowls event, in which you buy a handmade bowl and then have a bowl of soup, with the event proceeds going to local programs that feed the hungry.

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at the Peninsula Church Center

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picking bowls, many made by local schoolchildren

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flowers

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our four bowls.  The turtle is reversible!

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Soup provided by several chefs

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well attended

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entertainment (Allan’s photo)

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Postcard Party

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entering the studio

We drove half an hour north to Ocean Park to attend part of a postcard party.  Today’s focus was sending postcards to our area’s Republican representative to try to get her to attend a town hall and hear our concerns.  We’re going to have the town hall whether or not she shows up.

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Michele made a card to send to Rep. Jaime Beutler, who has not done a town hall here for years.

And we have embarked upon a series of thank you postcards to folks who are fighting the good fight.

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Allan sent a card to our Senator Maria Cantwell.

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a card for Al Franken from another local liberal

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postcards and homemade chili

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postcard party

I did not have time to finish my last of four cards (lower left).

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We left before the party was over because we had to be at another event.  On the way, we managed to squeeze in a stop at the Depot Restaurant, where we had so kindly been offered some leftover St Pat’s Day shepherd’s pie! At home, we met with Indivisible member Gwen (who had also been at the postcard shindig) and all three of us in our van headed an hour north to South Bend for the …

92nd Annual Pacific County Democrats Crab Feed.

In South Bend, we drove around looking for a garden that I wished to view from the street.  We got a bit lost.

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a beautiful house on the hill

We dropped Gwen off at the event venue and kept looking, only to find the garden was walking distance from our destination rather than being up on the hill.  It belongs to a gardener I admire and I had used Google to find it.  Leaving the word “east” out of the address made it much more findable.

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a dreamy garden

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conifer textures

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Allan’s photo

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just snooping the front garden

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very cool

I long to see the whole garden in summer, and I hope it will be on the Pacific County Master Gardeners’ summer tour.

We then walked to the crab feed.

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a historic photo of South Bend

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free buttons

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showing only about half of the local dems in attendance

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Members of the Chinook Tribe sang a blessing song.

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Harmony Soapworks from Oysterville provided table favours.

Someone did not know it was soap and took a bite!

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State and local politicians served the dinner.

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Senator Maria Cantwell (Allan’s photo)

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State Democrat Party Chair Tina Podlodowski, former Congressman Brian Baird, and Congressman Derek Kilmer

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an enormous crab on top of a green and a potato salad.

I had forgotten how daunting a crab is to eat.  We managed with a set of pliers.  Next year, we will know to bring crab crackers and picks.

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Senator Maria Cantwell was one of several rousing speakers.

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Allan’s photo

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enthusiastic response

We are filled with resolve and have every intention of solving all sorts of problems.

In the silent auction, I won an art piece by our friend Joe Chasse, from his Dangerous Toys series.

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I’m thrilled to have this.

Shortly after Joe departed, Gwen and Allan and I left during the live auction in order to get through the most wooded roads home before dark

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dusk along the marshland on the way home

It has been an intense two day social whirl and, with a break in the bad weather, I am  looking forward to getting some quiet gardening work done.

 

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Allan attends the Poker Paddle in South Bend

Last year I attended this event to check out the kayak crowd. I had been sailing during the summer and was reaching some sort of decision point. I could sail my little skiffs downwind and back and forth very well at my skill level. Upwind travel often resulted in folding up the sail and rowing to finally get back to the launch where I’d drag the 145 lb. boat out into our disassembled garden trailer. I wanted to see how people loaded heavier kayaks (like a 63 lb. Hobie I had my eye on).

 Last year by the time I got there, I had only had time for a quick trot along the shore.  This year I had a boat with which to participate,and take pictures.

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boats and signs marked the spot

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lots of colorful boats

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Here’s the check-in with rules, directions and a number. “PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOUR CARDS ARE SOAKED YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO DRAW NEW CARDS!!!” I’m covered.

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some people show up on time and don’t dawdle

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Off they went. Suppose I should stop looking around but this wasn’t a hurry up event.

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All the stations would be on the right.

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picking up their first playing card

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lots of chatting and fun

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I once had one of these sturdy 80 lb. Coleman canoes and finally sold it to a rental group that loved them.

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a stick, a clothespin, and a dry volunteer handing out another card

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It’s the Laymans from Raymond who also help promote our local kayaking. Their daughter was just in the local paper regarding her new kayak rental shop.

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back we go

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Vern and Janet took their graceful craft up the river a ways after gathering their cards

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cueing up to the small craft dock

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extra hands were available for this 22 foot outriggered boat coming out now

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just over two miles and a relaxed fun time.

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two more cards to come but a pair of sixes was it for me. However a pair of jacks or higher won money ranging from $25 to a $100.

Baylee Laymann of Raymond’s Willapa Paddle Adventures   brought her rental kayaks.  Some were reserved but many were available to take out. With all the assistance available, a short paddle was possible for nearly anyone.

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Karaoke with Doug was back again. One of the kids did an early set of Christmas carols. Doug has got a thick book full of songs and, if you want to try a song, what happens in Raymond-stays in Raymond.

The pole walk was the next dock event.

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just walk out to the line and back (the further line is for adults)

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shortest time determines winners…

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…if you come back dry.

I meanwhile walked back to the car and trotted the sail kit past the tempting rides, and past the swimmers making good use of the low dock.

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I had help pushing off the taller dock. It was 1:45  as I tried to discreetly leave the South Bend party and head down river for a nine mile trip to the entrance of Willapa Bay.

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Pelicans! This was at the entrance to a branch of the Willapa River that was too shallow to enter at the outgoing 3.0 foot tide.

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The 16x zoom of the fragile land camera helped keep me from bothering the birds. Waterproof cameras don’t zoom in as close.

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what a beak stretch on the left.

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more birds coming and going

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who’s the pretty bird?

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Back at shore I heard; ‘Where there are pelicans, there are fish…but not for long’. We saw a few seal heads pop up during the poker paddle but they wouldn’t come back up for a proper picture.

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Everything got wet and I had left my coat behind. Fortunately there still was enough summer around not to get cold.

The wind picked up. I covered the distance at an average speed of about 7 mph topping out at about 9. Here’s a 18 sec. video of my camera being splashed with salt water as we bump through the waves. Camera still works but I shouldn’t do it again.

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blue lights flashing, must be getting back to South Bend

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3:45, the dock is empty, and the party has moved elsewhere.

Last year I attended wondering how I could get a heavy kayak / light sailboat here in 2015. There are rear car top rollers that work for the very tall, and a clever hydraulic side loader that’s very pricy. Yakima Racks makes an extension pole to reduce the weight a person has to lift for a hundred bucks. I copied it with a two by four, a plate screwed on the end and a bungee cord.

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Allan said he saw only a couple of other people taking photos of these events; I said I would make a bonus blog post about it for the possible amusement of the organizers and participants.  All photos by Allan Fritz.

Come and Play on Labor Day

South Bend, Washington

A drive around the bay took Allan to South Bend.

A drive around the bay took Allan to South Bend.

He took three garden photos to make this post appropriate for a gardening blog:

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Karaoke with Doug in the background

 Poker Paddle on the Willapa

From a blog post about last year’s event:  “Participants start at the 101 Public House kayak dock and then paddle along the Willapa River to 4 other docks to receive playing cards in envelopes, hoping to get the best 5-card poker hand.”

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This is a 26 foot kayak on a small SUV & three parking spots.

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Other types of boats were welcome.

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I arrived fifteen minutes late. Here is the main group headed upstream along the shore of South Bend.

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Another group headed out.

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A view downstream and some of the participants returning…

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…including a paddle boarder and her daughter.

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It brought to mind an image of ancient Egypt.

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A kayak dock built in 2010 improves river access. Volunteer help was available for lifting.

More kayaks returning.

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A kayak dock built in 2010 improves river access. Volunteer help was available for lifting.

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A tourist came by and carted down with a couple of boats for an afternoon trip and were surprised by the crowd. They told me about their system of loading and launching off their car top rack.

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I listened to the builder tell his story of building this lightweight canoe to another canoe builder from nearby Westport.

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Another person was out on the river rowing his wood boat.

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Come and Play on Labor Day Pole Walk

Just walk the bouncy log out to the mark, turn around and walk back without getting wet. The mark was set out further for adults.

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A large crowd cheered the kids on.

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Lunch 

The serving of fries was generous.

A generous serving of curly fries was available.

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But I bought an elephant ear and later shared it with Skyler.

But I bought an elephant ear as it reminded me of Long Beach and later shared it with Skyler.

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