Birds: 2 Rory: 0

Another beautiful hike. In fact 16/52 that I am trying to get to. It is nice that I need to gain elevation to get to these ptarmigan. It forces me to find difficult hikes.Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 8.23.05 AM.pngThis time I headed up Buffalo Mine Road. There are lots of ATV trails and it would have been nice to have one at some points. When I am sweating and tired I wish for an ATV. Then I remember how much healthier it is to be out there sweating and doing things under your own power.Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 8.28.40 AM.pngWe saw some squirrels and many birds that we were not targeting. The colors of the plants and trees are starting to change and it was a beautiful walk in the woods with the dogs and my bow in my hand.Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 8.28.54 AM.pngI also don’t spend much time in “the Valley” as it can have a bit of a bad reputation for being a rough area.

Amanda’s Birthday

For Amanda’s birthday we went to Whidbey Island. The fish were big enough to swallow a person. (But only a small person.)The beavers were procrastinators.The views were the same, no matter where you sat.There was a lot to see outside. Including shells.Oystercatchers.And dragonflies.We ended up at the Inn at Langley. There was nothing finer all around us.Happy birthday!

Hummingbirds in Walla Walla, WA.

After the casting lessons and fun at Waterbrook Winery we heard rumors of a “hummingbird haven”. We headed toward the hills and after meandering through fields of wheat, we found a house with a cute old man sitting outside watching people watch his birds.


The story is that his wife wanted a hummingbird feeder. He put one outside, then another and then another. More birds showed up, so they put our more feeders. His wife passed away, but he kept the feeders. He is 78 years old and pays a woman to clean and refill the feeders everyday. Tourists (like us) show up to watch, ask questions, and mostly take pictures.

The birds were pretty fearless and all of these pictures were taken with my iPhone. Pretty cool stuff.