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Lopez Island - 2008

We went up to the San Juan Islands again this year and spent some time with my Family on Lopez Island. My parents were up there for a couple weeks, so Christi and I rode our bikes onto the ferry and went up for a day on one weekend, and then later that week we went up and spent 5-days there with our bikes and kayaks when most of the family was up there.

Here's some of the shots I got:


Photos


Christi on the Ferry

A shot of Christi as we took our bikes on the ferry over to Lopez


The grouch

Christi suggested that we head up for the day to try to cheer me up. I'd had a tough time at work and my biking shirt definitely matched my mood. Getting out for the day was just what the Dr ordered.


The Coi Pot

This piece of pottery with the coi on it was a gift from Dad to us to remember the trip to Paris. The coi were two of the fish we'd seen when we were wandering the grounds at Versailles


Versailles

Here's another great pot based on Versailles. This one shows Marie Antoinette's hamlet and the swan that we fed baguette


Dad's Pottery

I love the display stand that Dad built for his pottery


Vinny and Claude

We'll miss them! They belong to Leonard Wren, an artist that has lived up on Lopez for years. He was moving off the island right after we went up this year and taking his two pygmy goats with him. Visiting them has been a staple of our trips to Lopez, and we'll miss them.


Vinny & Claude's House


Wren Gallery

This beautiful studio and gallery was up for sale. I so badly wanted to just buy it and move in, quit my job, and become an artist


On Spencer Spit

Spencer Spit is a cool beach just below the campground where my family camps when they visit Lopez.


Dad on the Beach

Dad chilling out while the kids check the crab pots


Returning with the Crabs

Rosa, Gabe, and little Ethan return from a successful trip to check on the three crab pots


Gabe and Friends

Rosa and Gabe and some of today's crab catch. This was a good year for crab and they were yummy!


Beauty on the Beach

Christi on Spencer Spit


Heading Back to Camp

Annie and Ethan in the back of the pickup on our way back up to the camp site


Heading Home

The ferry that Christi and I caught back to Anacortes for the drive home. Visiting the island for the day was a great idea and made me feel much better.


Waiting for the Ferry

These adorable littlle birds were huddled on their branch as we waited for the ferry


Those neat black birds

These guys hang out on the pilings on the dock trying to warm themselves in the sun


Tiny Ferry?

This isn't a real ferry (at least I don't think so) but it looks just like one


Raindrops

I got some neat shots of water drops on the flowers


Another Angle


A few more drops


Me and Nadine

My adorable niece Nadine


Dad

A shot of Dad taking a shot


The Bay


Annie Bananie

Annie in front of the entrance to Fisherman's bay, on the day we rode our bikes


Christi and Me

On our bike ride


The Winery

We ran into a winery on our bike ride so we decided to do a wine tasting


In front of the Vinyards

Christi and I with Annie and Paul


Lopez Vinyards

They had an outstanding Rasberry desert wine


The options


That yummy desert wine

Here it is


Beautiful view

A great view out into the vinyards


Down the path

a shot down the path through the vines


Looking back

looking back at where we did our wine tasting. it's a beautiful area and would have been great to bring some baguette and cheese to make a picnic lunch of it


Heading across to San Juan Island

we joined some friends of my parents on their incredible boat for a ride from Lopez over to San Juan


Gabey & Nadine


Christine and Ramona

Mom & Dad's friends Berry and Christine have a beautiful boat and took us for a ride from Lopez over to Friday Harbor


Gabey & Ethan


Rosa & Ethan

As we cruise into Friday Harbor


Reflections

A cool reflection of a boat in Friday Harbor


Seal!

This adorable little seal was floating in the water right by the dock. I really wanted to hop in and pet him


He's adorable

He looks like a little sea dog


Cruising back

Annie and Paul with little Ethan on the cruise back to Lopez


Bunny!

This adorable little bunny was hanging out in our yard


Looking toward Fisherman's Bay

Standing in front of the Bay Cafe, looking down toward the mouth of Fisherman's Bay


Mom & the grandkids

Mom taking Ethan and Nadine for a ride


Deer

This cute deer was hanging out on the hill down to Spencer Spit


Ethan & Annie

Ethan and Annie on Spencer Spit


Ferry passing Spencer Spit

The ferries pass by Spencer Spit on their way to Anacortes


Looking down Spencer Spit


Hanging out on the beach


Chillin

Chillin on the beach while Jean & Ramona are out checking on the crab traps


Checking the traps

Ramona, Jean, and Dad checking the traps


Looking across the Spit

There's a big pond in the middle of Spencer Spit


Balancing Act

Okay, so I shouldn't risk the safety of my nephew to get interesting pictures, but that's what I do. I take pictures


Another shot


Shannon

Shanon walking across the beach


I've got a stick!

Ethan with his stick


Paul and the kids

Nadine, Ethan, and Paul


Heading back in


I love Smores!

Ethan having a messy, messy Smore


Shannon & Heath

Hanging out by the campfire


Another shot

of Shannon & Heath by the campfire


Shannon & Christi

at the saturday market


Those damn sheep!

This little girl was selling little handmade sheep across from where we were set up. I didn't sell a thing, but she sold EVERY SINGLE SHEEP!!!


Jamming

These two guys were playing some cool music next to us


Hanging at the market

Here we are hanging at the Saturday Market


Cool display

a neat display of coffee at the market


Huge deadly beehive!

this thing was the size of a basketball. It scared the hell out of me


Up close

a closer shot of the huge scary beehive


Shannon and Annie

hanging in the Farmer's market


Mom at the Market


Beautiful Flower

There's a beautiful garden next to the Farmer's Market, so I wandered through and took pictures


Another view


Sunflowers


Annie & the Annie

Annie paddling past "The Annie"


Gabey

Gabey cruising along in my baby kayak


Heron

chasing off a seagul


Heron

flying


Heron

landing


Heron

more landing


Heron

stabilizing


Casino Night!

We went to a charity casino night, drank a bunch, and watched Gabe play


In Play

Even Paul got into the act


Letting it ride

Annie, Gabe, and Paul


The big winner!

Gabey's raffle ticket was a winner and he got a sonicare toothbrush. Totally appropriate since he was leaving to live in England the next day


Sunset

by the Bay Cafe


Ferry at sunset


Beautiful guest house

This gorgeous guest house was built over the last two years next to the bay cafe


Sunset Boatride

A boat cruising by at sunset


Annie and Paul


Paul, Annie, and Gabe


Me and Christi


Gabe, Paul, Annie, Me, and Christi


Gabe & Annie


Another sunset shot


Pensive Gabe


One last sunset


Beautiful Bay

Christi and I went for a drive and saw this beautiful bay


Mooooooo!


Cool mailboxes

with the fields in the background


Annie & Paul

Paddling out to the little island on Agate beach


Gabe & Rosa

trying the same thing, but with little success


Making a run for it

Gabe giving up


They made it!

Gabe, Annie, Paul, and Rosa all made it out to hang out on the island


Ethan Cruising


Ethan & Annie

Ethan and his funny little gnome hat as we waited for the ferry


On the ferry

Rosa, Ethan, and Annie on the Ferry


Rosa & Gabe

As the ferry pulls away


Dad

Another trip to Lopez disappearing into the distance


Dad & Rosa


Seals

Hanging on the rocks


Eating chowder

Mom, Rosa, Annie, and Paul having some chowder