Last Day of Vacation!

We hit Victoria for the typical tourist scene. The food was fantastic, the weather was still nice, and we got to sleep in real beds.IMG_5250 IMG_5244We skipped tea at the Empress, but had a similar experience (at half the price) at the Gatsby Mansion.

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It was a great end to an amazing vacation. We drove over to Sidney to take the ferry to Anacortes. We arrived home exhausted and happy. Now back to dog running and nursing school.

I am getting desperate.

With a day off, fishing was on my brain. Weird, I know. Trout fishing in Western Washington is terrible. It is worse in the winter. We allegedly have steelhead here, but the number of native returning fish is diminishing. Despite all of this bad news, we headed to the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River hoping for a few small fish. The river was too fast to cross safely and we never saw a fish.Snoqualmie River

Feeling like a pretty poor angler I thought that there must be some place to catch something. There are rumors of squid in Puget Sound. We rounded the troops and hit the Edmonds pier at about midnight. We wore almost every piece of clothing that we had. It began snowing.Screen shot 2013-12-23 at 11.28.19 AM Screen shot 2013-12-23 at 11.28.31 AM There was a full moon (bad for squidding), the tide was super low (bad for squidding), and a baby harbor seal eating something below us (bad for squidding). Needless to say, we did not catch any squid.Screen shot 2013-12-23 at 11.28.06 AM

At the beach.

The beach is a lot different here than it is in Hawai’i. Here, we have real tides. Here, the sand isn’t quite as fine. Here, people aren’t laying around in bikinis every day of the year. Here, however, we have salmon and trout. Dan and I took the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston in search of either salmon or trout.

I’m on a boat.

We saw a couple fo fish jump, but fishing close tot he high tide is tough. There isn’t much room for a backcast and the neighbors wonder what you are doing. They are protective of their clam digging beaches. We saw a lof of signs telling everyone that they were on private property and you aren’t allowed to take their clams. It doesn’t sound like much fun hunting things that can’t run away very quickly.

There are lots of little beach houses that are very close to the water. I am guessing that they belong to the much larger houses up the hill from the water.

My latest dream house.

The thrones.

Just another day in the life.