After the Tour de Lavender, we stayed overnight near the Dungeness Bay in Sequim and took a little stroll by the water that night. Here we discovered that the old adage about “the best camera is the one you have with you” doesn’t really apply when you have a DSLR and good lens back in the room, and just a smartphone and a point-and-shoot with you.
We just hadn’t expected to see eagles when we set out that night. But there they were, our official Sequim Welcoming Committee. Fortunately the Lumix DMC-TS5 has a little zoom lens, which was better than nothing. But oh for that longer lens!
Our VRBO host later told us the neighborhood hosts two pair — the East Eagles and the West Eagles. These are the West Eagles. They don’t have any kids this year, but some years they do.
Last weekend took us for the first time to the Olympic Peninsula for a two-day ridefest: The inaugural Tour de Lavender on Saturday, and the Ride the Hurricane up Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park on Sunday.
We’d initially planned to do the longer version of the Lavender ride, starting in Kingston after taking the ferry over from Edmonds (leaving the car in Edmonds), then riding the bikes to Sequim and then to the lavender farms in the area. But since we were staying over for two nights and wanted to explore a wide swath of the area, the logistical challenges of going car-free or even renting a car were massive. So, we chose to drive to Sequim, then do a 40-mile lavender ride. Short, sweet, scenic — and very nicely scented!
We saw a lot of animals admiring us along the roads, and of course had to take their pictures. They included four kittens at some old traincars that a guy was converting into a restaurant; he’d acquired and hired them to be mousers. Very friendly. Very cute. And we very nearly took them home with us …
On the road from Kingston to Sequim
Here we found four kitties. This is either William or Wallace
Wallace or William in action
William (or Wallace) and one of his unnamed sisters
Wallace or William on alert
Kitty training to be mouser at railcars training to be a restaurant
A man and a crab
Llama wanting to join the ride
Nice man riding with two bikes while girlfriend shoots llama
Getting honey treats at a lavender farm
A good way to celebrate a birthday
Riders nicely accessorized for the Tour de Lavender
A couple of suburban deer.
Lunchtime in the front yard
Cow wanting to join the ride
A one-cow garage
Showing no respect for the dead
Cruising the graves, lookin’ for some greens
More random riders
More lovely scenery
Lavender water, a treat from one of the lavender farms
Drying in the drying barn
A man, lavender, and lines
Lavender and lines
A portrait in lavender
Liked this scene a lot, obviously
King of the …
Probably the only time an NYCC jersey has been ridden with lavender in the back pocket
Enjoying the view
Old railroad bridge
Salmon as seen from the bridge
A whole lotta lavender