Monday, June 14, 2010

Whidbey Island

We're staying in the quaint town of Langley on Whidbey Island in a beach house right on the shore. All morning the tide moves out and we can walk super far out. The sand is littered with shells and Sand Dollars and we've learned to tell the difference between live Sand Dollars and dead ones. Unfortunately our first day we didn't know the difference and several ended up dying a slow death on the porch of our house. Hopefully it wasn't too painful. Now we're more careful.

Large crabs can also be found washed up. It sounds a little creepy, but actually it's just cool. Bald eagles fly over head and two were feeding at low tide on the shore next to the seagulls. Yesterday there was something big swimming in the ocean. It was too far out to see clearly but we did see it spout a couple of times. Whales do live here this time of year so we're just going to say that's what it was. This morning we rented bikes and we passed a deer on the way home.

This is a beautiful place! By 3:00 the tide has come in quite a bit and everyone has fun digging holes and trenches on the beach and watching the water come in and fill the holes.

The shore is littered with driftwood -- huge trees washed up on the shore and bleached from years of being here.

By 7:00 p.m. the water is up to the edge of the yard and we sit around eating popcorn, playing Hearts or watching Disney Channel. Because no one ever gets tired of Phineas and Ferb. We don't have cable at home but somehow all the kids, including Nicholas, have the theme song memorized. Also Sunny with a Chance had a very exciting episode where the cute main boy asked Sunny out, so of course we couldn't miss that.

Today was my first time riding a tandem ever!


LaddandKatieMarshall said...

What a fun trip so far!!--its making me miss home.

Safe travels--take lots of pictures!


Brenda said...

When we lived in Seattle we loved to go to Whidby Island. There was the best pizza place there that had the best crust we had ever eaten. It's been over 13 years ago that we lived there and I can't remember the name of it though : )

Seattle is beautiful when the sun is out, but it was just too rainy and grey for me.

Hope you had a great time!