A shout out to our friend April. We finally celebrated Xmas (in Feb) and appreciate the gifts we received. In our fashion, we’d prefer to shout from the mountain tops (or in this case the interwebs) our thanks for April’s love and support.
I just finished my 2016 recreation blog calendar for Bellingham.org. Excited to share new adventures and meet some new friends. See my latest Bellingham.org Insider Recreation Blog stories and photos at Bellingham.org/ToddElsworth.
As you may remember, my best friend growing up was Scott Hamilton. We did everything together. Our childhood was filled with playing soccer & basketball, chasing & kissing girls (okay, maybe that was just me) and camping out with the scouts. Our families took road trips together. Fun trips.
We were brothers- from separate mothers AND Fathers! Yes, our dads were BROS too. Sure, it was Todd Elsworth and Scott Hamilton usually up to something- but right there behind us was Ken and Beau supporting us. They sure had their hands full!! Together, Ken & Fran and Bonnie & Beau raised us.
Beau, recently died. He had been sick for awhile. He is now resting in peace. I am honored to have had him as a role model and mentor in my childhood. I would best describe Beau as a mullet of a man. Business up front and party in the back. He demonstrated the coolness of a professional businessman and the silliness of a prankster at the appropriate times.
For many of us Kirkland kids from Helen Keller, Kamiakin and Juanita, the Hamilton’s opened their homes and their hearts so we would have a place to come together and be safe. I cherish the time that they allowed us to spend together in their homes.
My favorite quote is at the end, which means that you’ll have to read his entire essay to completely comprehend the context. “fear can be overcome”. Yes, they can. Governor Inslee includes in his patriotic reminder that:
America has been swayed by fear before. And we’ve lived to regret it. My home is on Bainbridge Island, a small island across Puget Sound from Seattle. It was the first place in the nation where Japanese-Americans were subjected to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Exclusion Orders. These Washingtonians were marched to the docks by soldiers and sent to internment camps.
We have behaved badly in the past. Let’s be nicer to our neighbors in the future.
Our day started with an attempted summit of the Oyster Dome. It was quickly thwarted by Violet’s fear of heights. The trail up to the dome drops off straight down to Chuckanut Drive. She was freaked out, so we turned around and went to a more approachable landscape. Funny thing was that we were actually climbing and the relative danger was higher than walking on the trail. But that didn’t matter. We’re about being safe and having fun. Across the board.
This was a test that FAILED. I used the SLO-MO settings on my camera and they didn’t transfer when I uploaded them.
“From molecule to mountain, it’s the everything of our existence. Water. Dive into the liquid of high peaks and the deep sea, following water’s ceaseless journey through one of its favourite playgrounds: the Pacific Northwest.”