Photos from our trip up to Washington

Photos from our trip up to Washington

Here’s our plan – we want to move our home to Mexico for the winter and Washington in the summer. We want to be closer to family and friends near Seattle and Camano Island. So we traveled up to Washington to check out the communities between Camano Island and Bellingham to see where we might want to purchase property.

We were gone for about 3 weeks. We did some camping and visited family and friends along the way.

Here are some of my fav photos from our trip.

I can’t believe we didn’t get any pics of the fam or our friends that we stayed with in Bellingham! But we did take a nice walk through beautiful strawberry fields along the river there.

strawberry fields in bellingham

I’m a little out of order with the photos because we actually went to Camano Island before we went to Bellingham.

Here’s our good doggies staying out of the cabin with their sandy paws.


We love taking walks up the road with Belle and Cody.



This is the farm where my grandmother grew up on Camano Island, Washington.


It’s one of my favorite places.

We picked blackberries from the bushes you see below those trees.

And Greg made delicious cobbler out of them!


And the sunsets are spectacular on Sundin Beach.


I can never take enough sunset pics. 🙂


We drove through Oregon too and the lush green forests soothed my soul.


We took a little walk.


And admired the green leaves.


Then we headed back to the car to make some lunch.



I wish I had more photos from our trip but we forgot

to take more. Oh, well, next time.

Our Taos, New Mexico Adventure

When we neared Taos we took a break and had lunch.


When we stopped, I kept seeing lovely green rocks on the ground so I started a collection.


We also stopped and took a walk along a path which led to this church. There was a gorgeous view of the surrounding area from the top of this butte that the church stood on.


We stopped and took some pics of these wild horses out in the brush too.

Finally we got to our camp spot up on the Mesa above the big Rio Grande canyon.


We toasted to another beautiful camp spot.


And grateful for  a clear night under the moon and stars!



In the morning, we rode our bikes to the Black Rock Hot Springs, located along the Rio Grande River, north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo. They were really beautiful and again, we were the only ones there! Nice! It was a tough bike ride home up the winding switchbacked road to our camp spot but it was worth it! Felt great to be exercising. Although, the next morning we drove the truck there cause it really was pretty tough going up the mountain on our bikes.


And then there were the hot air balloons to watch being lifted off right near where we camped.


They were fun to watch.balloon2
Especially when they went down into the canyon.

balloon3Another highlight was meeting Thor Janson, wildlife conservationist, photographer, author and adventurer, who was camping near us on the mesa. We met him while he was photographing the balloon launch. He said he would use the images when he got back to Guatemala where he lives. He came over to our camp spot and we shared stories and compared travel notes. It’s always fun to meet interesting people when we travel.

We loved the small village called Arroyo Seco, located east of where we were camping above Arroyo Hondo.


We loved the town so much that we ended up staying there so we could experience it a little longer.

snowmansionThere we met the family who run the Snow Mansion, Seco’s local Youth Hostel. It was convenient to stay there because we could pick veggies out of their huge garden and use their kitchen and facilities. Greg actually helped them a little with the SEO (search engine optimization) on their website. It was a really great place and friendly too!


And I loved the little artsy touches around the property.


We took a walk in the evening with the dogs and admired the gorgeous scenery!


Did a little dreaming about what it would be like to live there.


We walked till sunset…till it got dark. We decided we love our new camera too.


We did get into Taos as well to look at some art  galleries which was inspiring. I took notes on artists names of the art I liked so I could look them up on the computer when I got home.


When we were at Seco’s local Tea House, we heard about a nearby community of people who live in Earthships, a type of  home made of natural and recycled materials. There was a tour one could take and see some pretty unique housing and how it was built. So we did that one day too. And I’ll tell you about that and our stay in Santa Fe in my next post.

earthshipEarthship house.


~ L

We Camped at Playa Escondida on the Sea of Cortez

We’re back in Bend, Oregon. We left Todos Santos on the 25th. We stopped on the Sea of Cortez at Playa Escondida for a couple days of R & R. We love camping on the beach!

We snorkeled and swam and caught the rays! It was hot! About 105, maybe more.

We built a great little camp with a palapa hut.


The views were beautiful!


The water was my favorite color! I call it mediterranean green. But maybe I should be calling it Sea of Cortez green.


I liked this painting overlooking the beach.


It was way up there. I like surprises like that…when you’re looking around and then you notice something way up in the rocks and you have to squint to see it or get your zoom camera like I did.


Our friend Heidi traveled up Baja with us. This is Greg and Heidi enjoying dinner by the sea. I had to stop and go get the camera and I snapped their pic.


There was a full moon that came up over the mountains. It was so orange and gorgeous! Hard to capture by photo just how spectacular it was!


Greg fixed us killer margaritas. He’s mastered the recipe!


He also mastered the art of relaxation!


Heidi and I were pretty happy relaxing too!


And Greg and I were especially happy because one morning on a walk along the beach, Greg proposed and I said yes! Here we are celebrating with big, happy smiles!


Now we’re back home but we sure have good memories from our camping and road trip!

I hope your days are bright and blessed!!

Got any fun plans for the summer?

Painting in the studio and other projects

Where does the time go? I meant to make more posts this week but have been busy with painting in the studio and working on our casita.

We have a big project happening in our kitchen. We hired some help to create our new palido counter tops. It’s quite a project and takes a few days to complete. So things are a bit chaotic at our place.


They’re doing a great job. I love the color of them. A yellowish gold with tiny flexs of red in it.


We’ll add some tile touches to the front vertical area below the sink. It will be fun to go look for tile. Greg is going to build some cupboard doors which will be great instead of the curtains we’ve had hanging to hide the area below the sink.

They’re still working on the counters today. It will be 3 weeks before we can put the sealer on them though and get to really start using them. That means they’ll be ready right before we have to leave.

We have some other projects in the works too but I’ll show you those at a later date.

So last time I wrote, I was pianting in the studio.

painting in baja studio
painting in baja studio

I’ve been working on my six newest birch tree paintings. I added fish to the blue pond in one of my paintings.


I added some baby birds and a star to these two pieces.


And the sixth painting I haven’t shown you yet.

It’s gone through some major revisions.

It’s the one painting of the six that is vertical and has only one tree.

I at first had a different larger figure under the birch but I painted over it. I added a black haired maiden instead. I’m beginning to like it now and I’m thinking it will make a nice greeting card. Which painting is your favorite of these six?


It’s hard from the photos to see the changes I’ve made but they are there. Still more touches are needed before they’re complete. Some of the next things to add are the background swirls and white dot details.

I always feel it is these last touches that really complete the piece. Sometimes I hesitate to show my work before it is done because people will assume it is done but I know it is not.

These pieces I’m showing you right now are about 3/4’s complete. So stay tuned.


I’ve mentioned before that baja sunsets are gorgeous and we enjoy them almost every night. One night I noticed how beautiful the archway of flowers to our casita looked in the setting sun and captured a pic of it. I love silhouettes with the sun setting in the background.


Another night, although the sky was not very colorful, the sun looked HUGE as it was setting! I took a photo but had to use the telephoto to have it look like the sun really was big. Some times the sun sets and then the clouds turn a beautiful pink color in the after glow. That’s always pretty.


Got to get back to the studio now.

Enjoy your day!

Baja sunsets and night sky

We were walking home from our neighbor’s place
on Saturday night and we saw this:


Venus above the moon.

Sure was gorgeous!

Made me think of all the wonderful sunsets and night skies
we’ve seen over the years.

I save my sunset photos and looking at them brings back memories of
camping on the beach or sitting with friends, eating chips and salsa
and watching as that beautiful golden orb sets for another day.