While Jane and Ted climbed the 100+ steps to the top of the column, we enjoyed the view and spotted this guy floating toward the Astoria Bridge.
Then we stopped at the beach at Fort Stevens State Park to see the wreck of the Peter Iredale, a ship that ran aground there in 1906. We were lucky to even catch the Ranger's talk!
As you can see, the weather's predictably cool on these beaches. It was cold and windy at Haystack Rock, too.
Dick even caught a photo of a puffin flying back to its nest on the rock! Can you see it on the right?
This past Monday we drove up to Mount Baker which is close to the Washington/Canada border. This time we were able to make it to the end of the road, and it was HOT despite the snow everywhere!
Back home the birds and flowers were very happy in the heat.
With all the car-time, I also managed to finish this project for a certain Little Miss's fifth birthday which is coming right up. Now to think up something else for another August birthday girl......
Our guests are back home as we head into August. How did July disappear so quickly?
PS On these recent clear nights we've been watching the International Space Station. You can see the ISS also by entering in your location to find the viewing times where you live! It's fun, and you don't even need binoculars. (I have a hard time remembering that it's as big as a football field and moving at 18,000 mph!)