|A First City Pirate. Ahrrr!|
While Peter had come up here with his grandpa 20 years ago, I nor the kids had ever been here before. The landscape reminded us of our old home in the gorge, but here it's a deeper green, brighter blue and just... closer. The surrounding peaks are topped white with snow, with the town just at the edge of the water. It still has a frontier feel as if just built and the forest would take over given the chance. Buildings and canneries crowd at the shoreline standing on pilings. A few streets are still just a boardwalk heading up the hill. Houses on the outskirts gather rainwater from roofs to store in cisterns for household use. This coming season the kids and I are going to explore as many of the hiking trails as we can along the bus lines.
1st As a Waitress & Paychecks Over in a Year
I had a list when I was younger of jobs I'd like to try, one of them being a waitress. Shortly after moving to the northern marina I was hired at the best restaurant in town, the Bar Harbor Restaurant. I love working there, the atmosphere's filled with so much camaraderie I am spoiled and couldn't imagine working anywhere else. Peter had already started working for the tour company and so began our first paychecks in over a year.
|How many salmon can you see?|
1st Halibut Caught & Saw Salmon Spawning
In all Caleb's time of dropping a hook in the Columbia, not even getting a bite, he caught his first fish from the dock, a kelp green ling. Peter caught his first halibut and had us all feeling very Alaskan as we feasted a week on it. Katie caught a shark but let it go as we weren't sure what to do with it. Seeing the multitude of salmon come in, heading up the creeks they were spawned in, is amazing. Working their way past fishermen, bears, seals and eagles, let alone the current in the creeks. We spent about an hour one day standing around the creek just watching them. Their tenacity & determination to reach their goal is inspiring and one to remember.
1st Violin Lessons, Highland Dancing & Children's Choir
|Outside O'Brien's Pub performing|
1st Dentist Appointment
|Show those pearly whites!|
1st Head Lice
Those have to be some of the dirtiest words to say with as much cleaning that's involved. My head itches just thinking about it! Sometime early last summer one of the girls picked them up. Apparently that's a common situation in this town, as no one was surprised and everyone had one or more stories of it happening to them. I bought the medicated shampoo, picked through hair, washed linens & bagged the rest all in one day... THREE TIMES! I even washed one head twice in a row as I saw a bug walking around while using the fine tooth comb. (I'm convinced now that the bugs here are resistant to the medicated shampoo, so use mayonnaise and suffocate the little buggers!) Even though the girls hair got shorter each time, it was time consuming. I cried that last time and asked Peter if we couldn't just shave heads... there would be no place for the little pests to live. So every single one of us, including me, had our hair cut to 1/16 of an inch. It was second hat for the boys, but another first for us girls.
|Boys? Girls? but hey... not a louse!|