For the third summer in a row Linda and I spent three months in Washington working on our home construction project there. It's an addition to the home of her siblings, Ann, David, and Barbara, who live on five beautiful wooded acres on the Kitsap Peninsula in Puget Sound. We expect to spend the next few summers there and eventually move there full time. A contractor erected the shell and by last summer it was "in the dry." We began the interior work then and this summer we continued with flooring, tile, bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, etc.
For the past two summers we had traveled separately, Linda driving her Prius and me riding a bike. She takes the direct route and I take the long way on the back roads. This year it worked out best for us to travel together on four wheels. Yes, that's two more than needed, but I had left the Buell up there last summer and I would be back in the saddle on the great roads of the Pacific northwest when I arrived there.
We filled the Volvo (there was too much stuff for the Prius) and our travel mode was a compromise between those of the two previous summers. We took a fairly direct but leisurely route, visiting several friends both going and coming, and saw some great sights along the way. I love this country.
Time out. It's the wee hours of Feb 12, 2010 and just after I began to pull these trip photos together it began to snow. Soon after that I naturally found myself in the hot tub. I couldn't resist a photo to capture the unusual (for Dallas) conditions. It reminded me of how great doing that felt years ago after a long day of skiing.
Even old farts can have fun in the dark!
Okay, enough of this digression. Let's get on with the 2009 Poulsbo travel photos.
To get to New Mexico, one must first cross the Texas Panhandle
We arrived in Des Moines early enough to scoot over to nearby Folsom to see the museum
I thought it would be mainly have relics of the Clovis Culture of about 11,000 years ago
But most of it dealt with the settlement of this area by the Americans a bit more recently
We met this nice lady and learned she would be at Christina's concert later this evening
We also had time to drive through Capulin Volcano National Monument
Before arriving at Christina's Studio on Main Street in Des Moines
Inside the Studio
Christina is preparing for a music concert in the studio this evening. Our timing was good.
Our room for the evening
What makes you think Christina is an artist?
Downtown Des Moines, NM
Tim & Christina's house
Next morning I went with Christina to pick up some furniture
Then we drove to Raton with Tim to see his photo exhibit at the gallery
The next day we headed for Taos to attend a benefit for our friend Don Conoscenti
Don's guitar collection was on the auction block
To pay medical bills for repairing the femur he shattered in a bicycle accident
All his songwriter friends turned out. Everyone loves Don!
and the pale ale was good, too
We head toward the Grand Canyon and stop at the Colorado River Bridge outside Taos
My favorite chauffeur (and favorite person)
This was new country to both of us. We were headed to the north rim, which isn't on the way to anywhere.
We took our first quick look at canyon from the north rim
She knows both rims and led us on a more extensive tour
Bernice often performs in the Park, and this summer she was their "Artist in Residence"
Back at Bernice's cabin
She made us a nice pasta dinner
Then we headed on toward Washington
Before I was born my father was stationed here in Hermiston, Oregon in the Civil Conservation Core
Having fully tapped the Columbia for hydro-electricity, we're now harnessing its wind as well
Along the Columbia River
We found a local tribute to Stonehenge
and then stopped in Roslyn, Washington
"Northern Exposure" fans (like me) know Roslyn as Cicely, Alaska
They will quickly recognize "The Brick"
The Brick's interior
and it's bar
ÝThen we went on to Poulsbo to begin work on our house. It's the new part to the right of the Volvo
Linda first tackled the fireplace pad in the living room
Does this lady know how to do tile or what?
My first job was to pressure wash and stain both decks. They had suffered badly over the winter
Linda's mom's room, temporarily ours
My second job was to install miles and miles of bamboo floor
Well, it seemed like miles and miles
I was proud of this joint, so to speak.
Some evenings I played chef (and I do mean played)
Quixote was always on guard
Stop! This is my turf!
This is part of the nice five-mile ride into the town of Poulsbo
The old town, the cool town, is right on the water
My favorite place for breakfast
And a good place for lunch or dinner
Roads like this are everywhere around there and begin right at our driveway
Barbara and I took a ride on the Buell
We found this civil war re-enactment in nearby Port Townsend
Less than a hundred miles out, this approaching storm made us head for home
We haul off the garbage and recyclables every couple of weeks
Our friend Bruce Balmer, a great songwriter who is also a great carpenter, came up to help us for a month
Linda continues with the tile
and the tile, and the tile
I trimmed the attic access door
Our future bedroom
My bathroom to be
The future theatre
My cardio clinic goofed up on my schedule and I had to return to Plano for some tests
I'm on the ferry to Seattle to catch a plane back to Dallas for a week
Seattle has a cool skyline from the ferry
Home is always special
Linda's new herb garden. She planted it after I filled in the hopeless swimming pool
The hot dry August was tough on it, but it survived
Now I head back for Poulsbo
and joined Linda to install the Ikea kitchen cabinets
While Bruce put his special touch on the stair railing
We inserted screw A into hole B, and it actually worked!Ý (at least sometimes)
Progress on the upstairs shower
Installing the cork floor in the theatre
I took a break to attend the Table Mountain Star Party, a couple of hundred miles east near Ellensburg
Ivar's is a great place to eat, though out of my budget except for special occasions
On the road to Ellensburg
A star party has some things in common with Kerrville, but with telescopes instead of guitars
Artist Hulen Fleming did a painting of my optician Carl Zambuto. He also showed me this photo of himself with our mutual friend the astronaut Story Musgrave. It's a small world and Story's been around it more than most.
I didn't know my friend and partner, Paul Porter, would be there
Or Terrance Dickinson, author of my favorite observing book
This is truly a hardware store telescope
A fellow telescope maker and friend of Carl Zambuto
We gathered in the tent on a cloudy night for some music.
I shared some of my favorite songs about the universe
Next morning it was time to head out
That's Mount Ranier. I would be passing near it as I took the long way home
The closer you get, the more impressive it looks
This aint North Texas, my friends
This is my friend Carl Zambuto, the master optician who fabricates my telescope mirrors
He had arranged to have my 20" Teleport mirror in process
So I could do the really tricky partÝÝÝ (sure)
Carl makes the very best mirrors for the very best telescopes
As you can see, this was serious business
Back home in time to make a run of the garbage and recyclables
Barbara's beautiful garden in front of their house
Barbara the wall builder, with her assistant Quixote
Linda had made good progress with our Ikea bedroom closets
Anne checks out the new ladder I built so she could access the overhead storage in her new building
She may decide to just stay up there
I took a day off to ride the Buell up north for some sightseeing
And soon found a powow of the Squamish tribe, a few miles to the east
I shifted the end of the wall to gain parking spaceÝ (since some folks don't ride a bike)
and helped Anne put some paint on her building
The Buell plates are a little out of date, but they got me by
Linda is starting to make our bedÝÝ (literally)
Can you believe she's still making the bed?
From 11 boxes of parts and 400 pages of instructions.
The kitchen countertop people are here
Pretty spiffy, huh?
Linda's beautiful new bathroom countertop
Bruce finished the stair treads just before he left
then I built the column to (sort of) match them
Hey, this is starting to look a lot like a kitchen
This was our coffee bar for the summer
and this was my official break room
It's well stocked with cheap Cabernet and great literature
I never saw a woman take so long to make a bed : 2 days!
I will admit it's a little different
Barbara is checking the fit of Ursula's new life vest
They were preparing for Ursula's first canoe trip
Hey, the new mattress is here
and the dishwasher
and the refrigerator
The bed is finally made, but it still isn't "made"
This will be a small but very efficient kitchen. Linda and Ikea both did a great job
Heading back home, down the Oregon coast
Our first stop was in Tillamook to tour the huge creamery
You wanna know who cut the cheese? It was these guys!
There's enough of it for most of the people in the Pacific Northwest
and they make the ice cream, too
This is a little boutique creamery just down the road
We took Hwy 101 down the Oregon Coast
Then Hwy 1 (the "PCH") down the coast of northern California
It sure was more scenic than last years mad dash down I-5
The Golden Gate area is always special
Particularly when it's filled with bikers
Breakfast at the restaurant in Carmel we remembered being good a few years ago
Carmel seems like it wouldn't be a bad place to live, but I suspect it's a bit pricey
Being close to Point Lobos doesn't hurt
It's always tough to leave Point Lobos
We had a great stop at Morro Bay
Then drifted on into Santa Barbara
To join our friends Kate Wallace and Douglas Clegg for a walk on the beach
These two great songwriters are coming to play a concert at our place next March
Troops and gulls were on beach maneuvers
We're roaming in an area near Vista, CA, just east of Oceanside
For our first visit at the new home of our friends Sue and Terry Lewis
Can you believe they left the LA area for this?
Okay, perhaps it was a good move
Sue was my son's music teacher when he was four. She started him on the road to being a great conductor
Sue and I have been friends for 37 years. Terry just retired as a vice president of Yamaha International
We think they just moved here to be near Peterson's Donut Corner in Escondido
See what I mean?
They are also close to Palomar Mountain
I never miss a chance to see the Hale Observatory and wanted to share it for the first time with Linda
The 200" Hale telescope was used by Edwin Hubble to change our view of the universe
Then it was used by Allan Sandage to determine the Hubble constant
Alan's son David was more serious. He bought one of my early 10" Teleport telescopes
Apparently we were having too much fun to think about filling the Volvo tank
But a very nice trucker was loafing a bit and came to our rescue
We zipped on east on I-10 to Quiet Valley Ranch for the Wine & Music Festival
Paul had somehow managed to beat me here from Table Mountain
Festival founder Rod Kennedy strolls the vendor booths
and visits with his ex-wife Nancy Lee. These two changed the world of singer/songwriter music
Our friend Don Conoscenti has recovered a lot since Taos and was bouncing all over the stage
We stopped at my son Kevin's for the night
To visit and help work out his plans to remodel his house north of Dripping Springs
After five years, he resigned as conductor of the U.T. orchestra, but still lives in Austin because he loves it