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Summer has come to an abrupt end. The good news is that wildfires no longer threaten people and their homes and soon the smoke will be gone from the valley.

Last week Mary and I and our pack of dogs headed for Harts Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail. We had a good hike to Grasshopper Pass, going past many PCT thru hikers who were anxious to keep walking. If everything went well for them, they’d be in Canada, 35 miles away, the next day. A few flowers were still blooming and we heard marmots and pikas and we ate a few huckleberries along the way. We had a little sunshine, some breezes, a little misty rain and ever-changing light. It was really lovely.

 

 

And then it was time to go home.

Molly is now two years old and she pretty much owns this game. She knows to watch the person with the ball and keep track of where it goes. Sky gets too excited and jumps into the water and doesn’t track the ball. Luna just wants to have fun so sometimes you have to make sure she has a chance to get it.

Five of us and our dogs had another nice outing on Lopez Island. The weather was perfect for strolling along the bluff and clambering on rocks to watch the sea life. We like to watch the seals like visitors to our valley like to watch the deer.

The next day was a little more laid back. Don and Mary flew a kite while Molly tried to catch it. We all went for a walk on the south end of the island and enjoyed long views and watched birds and seals. Back at camp our friend Kim arrived with her boat and we had a lovely afternoon paddle before dinner.

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