Sunday, July 17, 2016

Our Backyard includes, Port of Ilwaco Washington


The Port of Ilwaco is a busy place. Commercial fishing, charter fishing, a Saturday Market and a Community College. Add in permanent retail shops and eatery destinations, and you have a great place to explore on a summer's day.



The building you see in this photo is Gray's River Community College. The parking lot you see is used by the college and the Port. It is full on Saturdays!



There are several art galleries, book stores and lots of fresh fish to purchase.


This is the Marie Powell Gallery, I love that there are metal sculptures in the garden.



Lots of vendor's tents, with a wide variety of handcrafted pottery, dried jerky, soaps and unique creations of every kind.


This boat is coming back from a chartered outing.


It looks like everyone got a salmon. Update: they are probably albacore, we are deep in albacore season at this time!



We had lunch from this booth, and man was it good!


This man knows his pork and how to season it. Something tells me, this won't be the last time we visit Blue Collar Eats.....

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Our Backyard includes, The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment

It does not get much prettier than where the land meets the water and Cape Disappointment is no exception. Included in all that beauty is the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

Built on the site of (old) Fort Canby, you can learn all about the region and see spectacular sights! This is what we enjoyed the day we explored our big backyard.

 The water you see to the right in this picture is not the ocean, it is the Columbia River.

The North Head Lighthouse is easily seen from the Interpretive Center. 

This jetty separates the River from the Ocean (river to the left, ocean to the right).

Around the building is all natural landscaping. Which continues to house and feed wildlife.

Photo from 1945, showing the big guns at Fort Canby.


The guns are dismantled, the space they occupied is very large.

Armed Services along with the Coast Guard kept the coastline safe. That blockade served as housing, there are fireplaces for warmth.


This is an actual lens from a lighthouse, it is much larger than this picture would have you believe. 

Two thousand ships have gone down at the mouth of the Columbia River, one of the most dangerous in the world. Bar Piloting is still an important service to keep the vessels safe. 





Strolling the the grounds is a pleasure!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Old and new from far and wide, July 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in July. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


Photo courtesy of One More Moore

You can make a wonderful smelling simmering air freshener from ingredients you can pull from your pantry, rosemary, a sliced lemon and a bit of vanilla. This works great for a mini crockpot also. 



Photo courtesy of Family Balance Sheet

Don't spend a fortune on special cleaners for your glass top stove, you can make the best cleaner from ingredients you have at home. I know from experience that keeping a glass top stove looking nice, is challenging at times. 



From our own archives at, Such a busy backyard!

Spring time means dandelions. They are more beneficial than one might think and the star ingredient in this salve.   This is wonderful to soothe dry skin on your hands after working in the yard and garden, as well as massaging those sore muscles. 


Photo courtesy of Second Chances

Turn an old tee shirt into a tote bag, with no sewing needed! I love re-usable bags, and this one even young ones can make. 

Photo courtesy of Common Sense Homesteading

Do you have this leafy plant in your backyard? I see this everywhere, glad to know it is so helpful. I enjoy learning about using things found in nature to heal and keep us healthy.  

Thank you for visiting such a busy backyard, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Previously from such a busy backyard:


June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016 

February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

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June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015