Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Roadtrip to Mt Baker

Valentine's Day weekend: rest, relaxation, fireplace and steam shower, and a sightseeing day trip. All without leaving the county.
We ran away for the weekend. Ran all the way to Lynden.
Stop laughing!

The kids got the biggest belly laugh when we bought into a timeshare whose flagship resort is in Lynden, where DearHusband works. The literature for the timeshare touts how close it is to the beach, only a short half hour trip to Birch Bay! They still think that's funny as all get out! Buy a timeshare for the city you work in so you can visit to bay you live on.
Okay, maybe it is funny.
We enjoyed Friday and Saturday nights away from the house. While DearHusband worked Saturday, I enjoyed a Valentine's Day of Pampering including a massage and a facial.

Sunday dawned bright and sunny. We left Lynden to take a Sunday afternoon drive and look for eagles. All told, we saw 8 eagles, including 4 in one tree with a nest. We saw one on the ground in a field not far from the road. We saw other nests, one with a eaglet visible.
We eventually ended up on Highway 9, winding our way slowly southward till we came to a crossroad. We headed east and ended up at the ski area at the top of Mount Baker. It was a beautiful drive. A leisurely drive in the sunshine, listening to good music and enjoying each other's company.
We decided to head to the mountain, when we realized that even though we've lived in the county for 22 years, we've never driven up to the mountain. Here's a couple of shots I snapped on my cellphone.

A little bit of snow along the highway up on Mt Baker

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Magic of a Full Moon

Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny, crisp and clear. The high wispy clouds moved in during the afternoon and it seemed most cloudy. I'd heard they are predicting snow Monday night and judging from the snap in the air, they might be right.

Last night DearHusband and I enjoyed our hot tub for the first time in months. After dashing to the hot tub in the cold crisp air and getting settled in and relaxing, I glanced up and the full moon was spectacular. I've seen pictures of the moon ringed by clouds but had never before seen it live and in person, so to speak. Bright enough to read by, in sharp focus, a large circle of clear sky ringed by cloudy sky. It looked like the moon had burned a perfect circle of clear sky edged in clouds. A lunar corona.

The neighborhood was quiet, and kids were away, the moon was bright and we were cocooned in steam. We always ask ourselves, why did we go so long without using our spa?