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We spent much of last week out on the coast for a long-planned clam digging vacation. Four of our friends joins and so did Red Molly. That was before Social Distancing became the big thing. However there were few people at the beach so the six of us were socially distanced from everyone else. I do not have any photos from the clam digs, except on my phone, nor do I have photos of any of the wonderful meals that we shared. You can just imagine it. While we were very active, I doubt if anyone lost weight on this trip. Clam digging went well the first two nights and was harder the third night with a light rain and the last night we had wind. But still, we got a lot of clams and will enjoy them from the freezer for months to come.

But for now, here are photos of dogs on the beach.

The girls and I ventured out into the hills last week. Our path was sometimes covered with crusty or soft snow, mud and occasionally dirt. The steep south-facing slopes are bare and dry but other locations not so much. At the top of our climb, it was windy. Very windy. No flowers yet and very few birds but that’s changing quickly.

Two Hairy Woodpeckers were chasing each other around the snags and feeders yesterday. I think it was a bit of a territorial dispute. Spring is in the air, after all.

The hot air balloons came to town this weekend. Yesterday, while the skies weren’t perfectly clear, the balloons got off to a 7 am start and soon filled the sky with their colors and patterns. Unfortunately, the air was not moving down valley very well and only a few got as far as our house. Still, it was a pretty sight and fun to watch them get ready and lift off. Today’s weather was worse and we didn’t see any balloons go airborne. Maybe tomorrow. The forecast looks pretty nice.

The dogs have been enjoying the weather recently. Nights are very cold and in the morning the snow is firm enough to support their weight. Mine too. Daytime temperatures are well into the forties so all in all, it’s a lovely time to be out and about!

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