Lopez Island Travel Blog› entry 3 of 4 › view all entries
June 12th, 2010 – by: aelder2259
I had gotten up at 6am, so I was really tired and went to bed around 9:30pm after helping to drink a bottle of wine. Poor Frodo was shivering like mad...Tora had forgotten his sweater. I think Tora followed shortly after, because her lantern light flashed in front of my eyes.
When I camp, I'm an early riser...so different from my home routine where I usually don't get up until 8:30 or 9:00. So, it wasn't unusual for me to wake up around 6am. I let Tora sleep until around 7am when I called her for breakfast...bacon and scrambled eggs...and lots of coffee. During the night, a small critter had gotten on the picnic table and was checking out the watermelon that I forgot to put away. He left little deposits of evidence all over the table, but hadn't gotten into anything else.
After breakfast and the dishes were done, we walked down to the beach, about a 1/4 mile away. The walk down was on a bit of an incline...enough to make my knees start to hurt. I have severe arthritis in both knees and am constantly battling the pain. Once down on the beach, we sat upon rocks and enjoyed the view.
While we sat there, I was looking at all the pieces of driftwood, hoping to find something interesting to photograph. And I found it! I 6" piece of driftwood had a natural heart of darker wood (apparently where a previous branch had been). I just had to snatch it up and bring it home with me! The tide was going out, so there were lots of algae covered rocks, stranded jelly fish, and other things one might find on a beach. The air also smelled strongly of dead sea life.
The walk back up to camp was a killer for me...my knees were screaming bloody murder and refused to support me further! So, I found a bench and Tora went back to get the car to pick me up.
After some sandwiches for lunch, I asked Tora for the keys so I could drive around a bit and look for photo opportunities. I saw many things to photograph, but there was never a good place to pull over. Oh well....maybe I'll rent a bike and check things out further. An hour of driving around the island was enough, so I headed back to camp. There, I went in search of the bike guy so I could rent a bike.
I haven't been on a bike in at least eight years, but I remember how much fun it used to be to ride and really enjoy the nature/sights around me. It was a perfect day to ride, too. At $5/hour, renting a bike is quite a bargain. I headed off down the road and was really enjoying the coasting.
We decided to snack in the early evening and have a late dinner after watching the sun set. I had read that Agate Bay was the place to go to see beautiful sunsets, so we headed off in that direction.
We were getting bored, so we headed back to Lopez Village to catch the sunset there. Gorgeous!
Dinner consisted of sausages that we tried to roast over the campfire. The outside of mine was black, but the inside was still pretty pink, so I split it opened and tried again. Much better! I threw it on a bun and added some mustard, then devoured it in 30 seconds. Corn on the cob and potato salad accompanied the sausage. We forgot the marshmallows, though we did follow our meal with another bottle of wine. While we drank our wine, we looked up at the sky to see a remarkable display of stars. Bed around midnight....at least it was a bit warmer tonight.
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