Even When It's Raining, It's Heaven.
We just returned from our first long stay at our little place by the lake. The weather could hardly have been worse--rain nearly steady for three days. But even with the rain and the clouds obscuring the lovely mountain views, it was still wonderful. We were gone only four days but it seemed like we'd been away from it all for a very long time. Nothing to do but read, nap, hike with the dog, talk, drink wine with our neighbors, sit by the bonfire, and eat. (Maggie thought she'd better keep close by the grill in case there was a terrible steak-dropping accident.)
The bird watching here is incredible. We sit so high that the birds are at eye level. We saw so many different and beautiful species. Plus, we have the added bonus (?) of having a Steller Jay build a nest right outside the door of our little trailer. No baby birds yet, but Mom and Pop are busy sitting on those eggs!
We also had a great time at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island. Please pay them a visit if you're in the area. It's a beautiful, rural island with great views whereever you look. The inn is charming, and they serve wonderful breakfasts and dinners that utilize their own organic produce, eggs, and locally caught fish. The owners are members of the Slow Food movement, which focuses on eating locally produced, organically grown food that is cooked in a healthy manner.