My Little Backyard Chickadees

In the heat of the day I turned on the stream and sat under the shade of the Douglas Firs.

It wasn’t long before I heard the chickadees calling to one another, flying overhead, finally daring to stop by the precious flowing water.

We were all refreshed.

~ Susanne

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck -Thinking Outside the Box – Puzzle by Susanne Swanson

I wrote this one in response to the prompt, ‘Puzzle’ and Sally has shared it on her Smorgasbord site today. Here it is in case you missed it.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

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This is the third post from the archives of  Susanne Swanson that I have chosen.. you will find plenty to browse if you head over.  Cats in particular are the muses in her household and they have some wonderful adventures. This week I have selected a post which mirrors my sentiments about team building exercises in general.  And it is something to think about in relation to how we all react when we here the words ‘Think outside the Box’

Thinking Outside the Box – Puzzle by Susanne Swanson

Let me say first that I mostly prefer the box…

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One Old Fire Truck for Sale

On our recent travels through Eastern Washington we passed through the tiny town of Douglas and found this old fire truck for sale.

We stopped to inspect it,

but decided against the purchase.

Shared with  Cees’ Fun Foto Challenge – One.

~ Susanne

Scenes From the Oregon Coast – Harbor Seals at Coquille Point and Port Orford

I didn’t mean to leave you high and dry in the middle of the Oregon Coast so I’m back to finish up our journey,  finally with some sunshine, if only temporary!

I left you last time at Face Rock, pondering when the gray skies would clear over Bandon.

And lo and behold, we woke to blue skies the next morning – and retuned for a proper beach walk at Coquille Point.

Coquille Point

All I can say is – what a difference a day makes!

We took the stairs down and had the beach to ourselves,

and watched the waves roll in.

Even the birds seemed happier in the sunshine perched on their rocky islands.

We soaked in the sights and sounds and went for a close-up look at their larger cliff dwellings

Bob saw them first and called me over to see the seals resting on their share of the rocky islands.

What’s not to like about that?  We drank it all in as long as we could then continued our journey south on 101.

Port Orford

Next up was Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon Coast.

We stopped by the Visitors Center hoping to catch a glimpse of migrating whales at the Overlook but saw none.

We did however see the only open-water port on the Oregon Coast and one of of six “dolly” ports in the world, where boats are lifted into and out of the water daily.

Our last stop in Oregon was Brookings where we had the best fish and chips in town. Yes, there was more rugged coast along the way but I have no more pictures to show you as you have probably noticed by now the clouds and rain had returned with a vengeance.  It’s okay. Before the day was out we would be walking midst the tallest trees on earth and they mostly shielded us from the rain.  Here’s that if you missed it!

And that concludes this trip down the Oregon Coast.  Hope you enjoyed. it.  🙂

~ Susanne

Dry Falls, the Largest on Earth

This week we camped east of the mountains and enjoyed a landscape completely opposite to our Seattle area scenery.  We drove through Grand Coulee, formed over millions of years by eruptions of lava which solidified and was later dug away by ice age floods.

During the last Ice Age an ice dam holding the waters of Lake Missoula broke and massive floods swept through the region forming two giant waterfalls on its way.  When the climate warmed, the ice and water retreated leaving the skeleton of Dry Falls.

We stopped to enjoy the former waterfall,  once the largest on earth.

‘In the heart of the Grand Coulee lies one of the natural wonders of North America—the Dry Falls cataract. This 3.5-mile-wide chasm of basalt, with a drop of 400 feet, was left high and dry thousands of years ago as the last of several Ice Age floods swept through the Grand Coulee.”  Washington State Parks.

Shared with Travel with Intent’s, Weekly Photo Challenge, “Size.”

~ Susanne

Dancing Sky!

We woke this morning to cirrus clouds filling the sky!

We’re in Wenatchee on our first camping trip of the year where the scenery is grand and the clouds only tease.

More pictures to come. 😊


Mind If I Sleep Here?


~ Benji

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