Free Solo

Lake loves to talk about Free Solo. Last month when he was on grandparent-holiday Lake went with his NanaBaba to see Free Solo in the movie theatre in Olympia (ironically and unknowingly Michael and I saw Free Solo at the Crest that same day). Free Solo (2018) is the story of Alex Honnold’s preparation and flawless execution of free climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. That means rock climbing ~3,000′ up a granite monolith without any ropes. Ever since watching this film co-directed by Jimmy Chin (Meru 2015), Lake talks about Alex, the “boy on the rock”. He thought it was very cool!

Well, Lake is back on grandparent-holiday again this week. They’re having a blast of course. Today Lake went to Damon Point at Ocean Shores with NanaBaba and did some rock climbing of his own (sandy) El Capitan.

The boy on the rock. My boy on the rock! A perfect day, I’m glad you spent it at the ocean free climbing in the sunshine with NanaBaba, sweetheart!

Westport Marina

How many sea lions do you see? More than one hundred and one? Not exactly what you expect when you visit Westport Marina, “Washington’s largest fish landing port”, or is it? These lovely and talkative (eg loud) sea lions have taken up residence on Dock 7 at the Westport Marina with a vengeance! We cautiously went up really quite close and took in the free show. It was intense! They are sunbathing, cuddling, vying for space, pooping, diving in the water, swimming around and crawling out, and generally making a lot of noise. At one point we watched open-mouthed as one brave, popular or foolhardy young sea lion waddled down the length of the pier on the backs of his mates, mosh-pit-style! It was exciting to be right out there on the pier with them amidst all the action! Lake was enthralled witnessing the large sea mammals up close, as long as he could hug onto NanaBaba or me, and I was just fine with that! A perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you!