Ranger Tommy in a drive by: camping at the fair grounds: a good bye to Ruby Dew; until next year!
Bunnies! Bunches and bunches of bunnies greeted the tribe upon their arrival at the Fair Grounds in Langley! Somewhere along the line some little 4-h'r had her bunnies get loose at the Langley Fair Grounds. Now: b'zillions of bunnies. My little Ruby Dew, following the tribe with us for the summer, could not get enough of the bunnies.
So: quite a long day: around 70 miles of ups and downs: unfortunately the ups can be quite steep on the islands! Around 10-12% grades. OUCH. I'm walking. If you have never been to this part of the country you can ask any tribe member on this tour how breathtaking it is! Deception Pass is a wonder of wonders. Until you have been here and experienced it you would not believe how amazing it is. The currents through the pass are so strong that there is a window of time that you can get through. Marine scientist love this pass: the largest octopus in the US live here. But: there is a very small window of time that anyone can dive here to find them. The views are amazing: the Olympics to the West and the Cascades to the East. And: Whidbey Island is the longest island in the US. It is also home to the Naval Air Station: their Wart Hogs flew over us until 10:00 pm. As they say: pardon our noise: but it is the noise of freedom.
Dinner tonight was fast and furious. We had to be home to gear up for the Idaho relaxed tour that kicks off tomorrow night. We served smoked chicken lasagna: vegetable lasagna: pasta putanesca: chicken fettuccine: green salad with garden vegetables & Caesar dressing: french bread: fresh peaches & lemon cake. Breakfast & lunch are set for tomorrow: my oldest son Matthew, (many of you may remember him from past tours!), is setting up breakfast with his girlfriend Zanna as we head East to Plummer, Idaho for the Idaho relaxed tour that starts tomorrow night.
Good job Cycle Washington Tribe Members. You were all amazing. A special hug to Art and Judith from Port Townsend, WA. I hope to have the zeal for life when I am your age. Also, to Pete and Isabelle from Boise: you hung in their every day and enjoyed every minute. We should all learn from you!
Safe travels home to all: I will try to blog while in Idaho: Internet service is sketchie. But: follow us on tour and we hope that you will join us on a tribe tour soon.