Windows, All The Way Around

September brought two local end-of-summer camping trips and while my writing work continued albeit at a much slower pace and there was much to wonder, this blog is all about what was outside the windows of the trailer, plus a welcome-home view.

Kayak Point: A new campground for us in a forest on a bluff overlooking the Salish Sea. Just down the road from the campground is a disc golf resort and we had two days of throwing fun. I highly recommend the putting course for all levels of disc golfers. Besides being free, the par-two course has water features which add ambience and an occasional disc bath. Back at camp, we hiked a short steep trail down to the beach, where the salmon were jumping, continuously. I laughed at the joyous sight of the frolicking fish, while a local fisherman lamented that he’d have better luck shoving an empty boat out amid all that jumping than he was having fishing from shore. I attributed the salmon jumping to all their energy surging them toward their spawning grounds, perhaps in the nearby Stillaguamish River. A quick internet search added two additional reasons. According to Tlingit culture, the jumping is to better see their surroundings, a geographical orientation. The jumping may also be to dislodge sea lice. Great, now I know that such a creature as sea lice exists.

Forest View

Water View

Fort Casey: Our annual camping trip to celebrate my father’s birthday. The campground is on Admiralty Bay next to the Port Townsend ferry and a short walk to the fort. Best bets: walking along the beach to spot the huge sea lions out in the water, walking along the bluffs with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, exploring the bunkers and Admiralty Head Lighthouse, and kite flying. One year the TV show Z Nation was filming at the fort and we were able to watch them shoot several scenes. This year included fishing for salmon, with lots of fishing and a little catching—two salmon for the birthday boy!

Port Townsend Ferry

The Fishermen

What are your favorite camping, hiking, and get outside spots? Let me know in the comments below.

Home: In May, I planted twelve or so baskets and pots with two flats of impatiens, white and salmon, an annual tradition, easy and affordable. Over four months later, with almost no attention besides watering, these flowers continue to bring cheery joy to increasingly dark and grey days. New this year—two salvia plants which also bloomed continuously with no deadheading and attracted the hummingbirds like no other flower or feeder. I’m curious to see how much longer all these plants will hold their blooms.

Do you have favorite annuals you plant each year? Preferred perennials you nurture? Drop their names in the comments below.


  1. Kristy G

    Laura, my favorite hike is right near Fort Casey there… It’s Ebey’s Landing. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ebeys-landing The hike starts at a cemetery/farm and you walk through rolling farm hills toward the straits for a while until you turn right at the bluff and hike up a little to find a breathtaking hike along the bluff, with eagles at your ankles! Then a switchback down to the beach, which you follow all the way back to an optional parking lot. But if you walk back to the farm, it’s a wide open view the whole way!
    And as far as annuals and perennials… I plant what seems like a good idea to me at the time for annuals. 😀 I love big bursts of hot lips salvia and I’m a sucker for pretty tulips, which I need to stop planting because I get them once and then the deer take them. So. The iris from my gramma’s garden do well here and are multiplying in a wild sort of way (I’m not much of a tender). And I am a lavender lover, so I have a lot of that this year… almost time for its “Halloween haircut,” after which I will dry it and then shell it (husk it? what?) so I can make little sachets for everyone’s underpants drawers! 😀 Love looking through all your windows!

    • Laura Rink


      Thanks for the hike recommendation, sounds awesome. I’ll note it for our trip there next year. I love hearing about your flowers. I usually plant daffodils ’cause the deer mostly don’t eat them. I just harvested a bunch of lavender to do the same! Thanks for reading.

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