Merry Christmas – December 24, 2015

I know it’s just Christmas Eve but I felt a need to say “Merry Christmas”.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate.

Here are a couple of photos from our wee house in Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington to yours.

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Thanks to everyone who follow my blog and enjoy walking with me. I’ve been kind of lax these past few months but will try to do better in the new year. Speaking of which, have a blessed and wonderful New Year.

Sincerely,

Ken and Marilyn

FAMILY PHOTOS

I didn’t walk this morning but wanted to post some photos from this past weekend. We went to visit my brother Ron and his wife Lolli over on Camano Island. It was sort of a send off for his upcoming bike ride to Nine Mile Falls, Washington. He’ll be riding his fully loaded bicycle from Eldger Bay on Camano Island. It will be approximately 365 mile of hard riding up and over the five passes of the North Cascades Highway. He’ll be camping along the way and just trying to take it easy. He leaves today and plans to be at our sisters house by July 26th for our family reunion.

Oh I forgot to mention, he’s 73 years old!!!!!

Here he is with his fully loaded bike but none of his riding gear on yet.

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He’ll be leaving his wife Lolli here while he rides and she’ll catch up with him at the family reunion.

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Here’s a photo of the “Da Bro’s” at Eldger Bay.

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Marilyn and I are hoping we might stumble upon him when we leave for the family reunion in a couple of weeks.

While visiting them at Eldger Bay I was fascinated by this American flag someone had made out of drift wood, very creative and very patriotic!

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I hope you’ll join me is wishing my brother a safe journey. Have a great week ahead and hopefully we’ll walk tomorrow.

NO JOKE

While it may be “April Fools Day”, there are no jokes around the small community of Oso, Washington. Just in case you haven’t heard there was a devastating land slide that wiped out the small Washington town of 246 people. So far 27 people have perished and 22 are still missing. Living in a small community myself I just can’t imagine the impact of something like this.

While walking today I was thinking about this tragedy and saw this 1936 Bay City Power Shovel and thought that it is probably the only piece of equipment like this that is not working to help recover the missing people and memorabilia of those who have lost it all.

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Many people are coming to the aid of Oso as volunteers and making donations. Because many people have been cut off from a quick and easy route to jobs, doctors, family and other things, gas card donations have become a big deal. If you feel inclined to help here are some good charities. Just click HERE.

While I was walking and thinking about all the dead, missing and survivors of this landslide I noticed the Coupeville Catholic Church steeple with the morning sun shining on it. This photo seem appropriate.

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Out on Ebey Prairie I thought this late 1800’s farm looked really nice against the Olympic mountains.

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And it looks like someone is going to have a nice new home with a great view of Penn Cove. This is just up the hill from or house.

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Do what you can for the good folks of Oso and all the volunteers that are helping there, even if it’s a kind thought or a prayer.