Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Birch Bay

Birch bay was calling our names...oh ok, not Birch Bay, but our family who lives there were! We were calling their names, too. We live way too far away from each other. We drove up for a very quick (too quick!) trip and had such a wonderful time. Tami and Mark took us to Hovander Farm and Tennant Lake and I got my Pacific Northwest fix for the year! (though, it was uncharacteristically tropical for the first 2 days, it did get damp and rainy on our way out!). Even with such warm weather, I still felt the usual pangs of homesickness every time I do when I walk along barnacle encrusted shores, gaze up and up at towering hemlocks, and get misted by perpetual rain drizzle.

Hovander Farm immediately transported me back into time and our family enjoyed viewing and sitting on old farm equipment, funny farm animals, a real live secret garden, a marsh nature walk, waltzing among gorgeous flower gardens, and a sweet picnic under the trees.

Oh, and Reesie would like to tell you that she had a most amazing swing session:

The next day was spent digging and splashing and getting all kinds of dirty!

We had a wonderful time with our family and miss them already.
Until we meet again, Pacific Northwest!

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