Why thank you, but no, this isn’t about me.

We find ourselves in the midst of another heatwave, perhaps not as hot as the one earlier this summer, but still pretty warm for this little corner of the PNW.


As a soothing balm to counter the sultry heat, I thought I’d post a few pictures from last weekend, when we wandered down Long Beach, and wondered where the promised sunshine might be?

Just over there?

We set out early, aiming to avoid the later in the day crowds, and the beach was quiet. Cool. So was the temperature, and we were happy to have sweaters and a second cup of coffee to take the edge off.


Scout enjoyed the wide stretch of sand, running in crazed circles and digging many holes. Yeah, she digs the beach. Cool.

Yup, I’m cool

From our log perch, we saw small flocks of sandpipers working their way along the shore, the sudden flashes of white in banked flight brightening the day. Seeing sandpipers always brightens our day. We think they’re cool.

Brighter? Different day, different location, still cool..

It probably isn’t too cool to keep repeating cool, so I’ll leave it here for this week, a brief post, playing it coo- oh. Oops. Not cool.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

8 thoughts on “Cool”

  1. Sweaters! You were wearing sweaters! Come to think of it , we had a couple of days in Edmonton like that. Went to an outdoor concert with an added jean jacket and felt chilly. The temp is back up there again today to 30. I am telling myself I will miss this later so will embrace it now. I imagine Scout is good to go any weather, and is a good motivator. I read TP’s comment above and come to think of it, did smell smoke the other day and rather strongly. I open my windows and take a big sniff, then act accordingly.


    1. Summer sweaters – very west coast! Not quite there yet, but when summer fades, it is a fast fade, as you’ll know, living in AB…
      We could smell the smoke, and sunsets were pink-red-orange and hazy. Pretty enough, but I feel for all those suffering.
      Stay safe!


  2. I’m glad I had to wait until our heatwave and power outage was over to read this because I would have absolutely sobbed over all the cool captions and the beautiful cool morning requiring sweaters and hot coffee (although, after a few days of iced coffees I may have a new obsession)!!! Love the shots of the beach and wonderful to see Scout again! I hope this is your last heatwave of the summer and I wonder if Tottenham can send Kane out running on the beach with Scout to get in shape for the season!!


    1. Scout could run rings around Kane – I think maybe even I could, given the lack of Spurs time he’s been giving. I enjoyed the win over City yesterday! And Everton winning after an “Evertony” first half. My brother was there, texted me after 45 mins, very unhappy, then all was well in his world at the 90 minute mark. He was antsy up until 89 minutes!
      Hope your heatwaves and power outages are over, and you have a pleasant late summer that feels like fall…

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  3. Just now catching up with your latest posts, enjoying your reflections from the foggy backwoods to the foggy-headed car campers, from mosquito whine to IPA contentment. Always enjoyable, especially now as I resettle in the known world from a few weeks off the grid (other than the GPS my navigating daughter utilized as we bombed around the huge little country of fantastic CR).


    1. Walt, it’s good to hear you’re back! Hoping CR has inspired you to start Vol II of Slow Sea Rising… thank you for sending the collection, enjoying it enormously, particularly the Greek island selections, and your state of mind and response to locations and fellow travellers/residents met along the way. It felt familiar or evoked similar experiences I’ve had in Southern Europe (but couldn’t capture in words as well as you have!)
      The huge little country of fantastic CR? Looking forward to hearing more!


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