A Little Leather Project

Here is a little leather project I just finished.  Enjoy



Thanks for watching, Kat

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Curacao and Bonaire

Here is a little video from our trip to Curacao and Bonaire.

Hope you liked the show.  Kat

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Booker’s Sniper Rifle


Here’s a little video of the sniper rifle project.  Enjoy

What fun!, Kat

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Fall Fun

Here is our latest video.  Finally had some time to enjoy the cooler weather up at Mowich Camp.

That’s it for now.  Kat

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The Bathhouse Rebuild

Well we are finally putting the finishing touches on our bathhouse rebuild.


We’ll see you up there in the mountains.


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Trail Cam Photos

We have had quite a lot of action on our Mowich Camp trail cam these past few months.

The Trail Cam

My children got this cool little stealth camera for me a couple of Father’s Days ago.  Remarkably, its still running on the original set of batteries.

I have moved it from one trail location to another over the months and we have been excited to check out the images each time we head up to the camp.

Sometimes we get lucky and have a big elk walking through camp and at other times, a blurry glimpse of the tail end of a crow flying past.

A few weeks ago I decided that I would direct the camera to capture images down along our slough.  I was certain that I would get lots of photos of the 3 or 4 families of ducks and ducklings that have been living very happily there.  But I also was looking to catch the river otter, skunks, raccoons, and the beavers that we’ve seen around the water.

Well, yesterday when I checked the camera I found it had recorded 1647 images!  The camera was programed to take a series of 4 quick images whenever something tripped the motion detector… But 1647 pictures… Yikes.

Well, as I expected ducks and crows made up most of the pics.  But there were a few fun photos.

Did you notice that temperature?  106 degrees!

And finally this guy:

There has been a great deal of beaver activity in our slough this year.  A few weeks ago we paddled our canoe down to the mouth of the slough where it joins the Yakima River and found a fairly elaborate beaver dam.  That explained why the water was higher than normal.

Concerned about the additional risk of springtime flooding, I jumped into the water and pulled some the dam apart, but I was sure the beavers would rebuild it within a night or two.

So today I loaded some tools in the canoe, climbed into my wetsuit and neoprene boots, and set off to investigate.

The old canoe ready to launch.

Here is a little video for you:

So, that’s my solution to the beaver activity for now, I’m gonna try to live and let live.  We’ll just have to keep an eye on the water levels and do a little periodic maintenance to keep the channel open.  The up side is we now have a really nice landing site down at the end of the slough where we can access the Yakima River.

Hanging out at the beach

In closing here is a shot of the Yakima River from our “beach”.  Not exactly tropical white sand and palm trees… but still, it’s pretty cool.


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Crescent Bay Campout

Well we just returned from a pretty great coastal camping trip to Crescent Bay, on the Washington side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  The weather was actually pretty decent, with sun everyday, but the NW winds were another matter altogether.  The almost constant 20 knot winds scoured the beach and the campground everyday, all day, and… all night.  It made for some interesting arrangements for people sleeping in tents.  With the strategic  positioning of vehicles as wind breaks and lots of additional tie downs none of our pals were blown away into the night.  But, on the bright side… There’s always a bright side, right?  Those pesky mosquitos were not able to fly!

Our crew of happy campers

Duke Danger

Let’s have a look at the video highlight reel:

Sunset on the beach

We had a wonderful group of family and friends join us for the adventure.  As much as I always enjoy  my time surfing my kayak, I gotta say, just hanging around camp and watching all the kids play may have been the highlight for me.

Flying kites, kicking the soccer ball, ultimate frisbee, red light – green light, and all of it done at a full speed run… What a delight to watch.

But I think my favorite game may have been the session with the story discs.

Story discs

Some background: Several years ago I hiked off into the forest and cut a few branches from a vine maple tree.  I sliced those 1-1/2 inch round branches into 1/2 inch thick discs, and then decorated them with a name, a picture of an item, a sign, icon, anything that might trigger a vivid young imagination into developing a story as the discs are revealed.  Each kid – there’s no size limit to being a kid in this game – picks a bunch of discs and then as they turn over the discs to see the different people, places, or things they develop a story to tell the others.

Well, I gotta say it was pretty entertaining to sit back and watch and listen to their wild tales of destruction and general mayhem.

Suzie and her Dudes

One of the must visit places when you camp at Crescent Bay are the tide pools out along Tongue Point.

Our platoon of campers marched out there in the afternoon to explore the rocky, barnacle encrusted finger of land jutting out into the waves.

Since our group of hikers numbered 21 people and 2 dogs, we never had everybody together in one place at one time for that classic group photo.  You know, now the I’m trying to count them up in my head we may have had 22 people.  Not sure, but the two dogs is an accurate number.

Anyway it was certainly nice to see how well the big kids and the little kids all got along and interacted together.

Crunch, crunch, crunch

Happy Campers

Sunday afternoon found all the other families packing up and rolling out for home.  Camp activity that night settled down quickly with just Leane, Richie, the Dudes, and Suzie and me.  After the dudes got showered up and lost about 70% of the sand and grit that had been stuck to their bodies, they all snuggled into our van and we played “guess what animal I am” until it was time for bed.

So that’s about it for this edition of the Adventure Journal.  As a final word, Suzie and I would just like to say thanks to all of the wonderful folks that joined us on this trip.  We are truly blessed to have such kind, thoughtful, easy going “happy campers” to share these adventures with.






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