First, I am delighted to announce that the talented Artist, Author, Director, and Producer, Dianne Lynn Gardner accepted my challenge to the 5 Day 5 Photo Challenge. In fact she was so excited about the challenge she has already started. She has already posted Day 3. You can see her blog here: https://diendrial.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/5-day-5-photo-challenge-day-1/ Then check out her incredible website: http://www.gardnersart.com/
As for me, while Dianne is working away, I’m enjoying the view from my balcony, across my neighbor’s yard down to Miller Bay. Nature provides incredible shows with otters or seals swimming and chasing fish. Bald eagles and Osprey often swoop from the trees to go fishing. Bunnies charge across the lawn. Heck, a raccoon even knocked on my sliding glass door looking for food. Sorry buddy, the restaurant is closed. Amazingly, I haven’t seen any deer, but a bear decided to cross the road in front of my husband while he was on his morning walk. The good news is that the bear was more interested in avoiding cars than looking at my husband.
The people across the bay thoughtfully provide music for the 4th of July as they bring in a band. We can sit on our deck, barbecue, drink our wine, and absorb the fun music, as we enjoy the beauty of our view. Tough life, huh?
Now down at the end of my road is the small community of Indianola. It is a fabulous place for kids to play on the beach, swim, or kayak. The town originated in 1886 and could only be accessed via water. The dock has been improved and upgraded over the years as originally it was built for the mosquito fleet. Once the Agate Pass Bridge was built between Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap peninsula, a road was built to Indianola so the ferries were no longer needed. Consequently, the state purchased the ferries and moved them to other locations. As of the 2010 Census, Indianola consists of 3,500 people. They have a General Store, a Post Office, and a Community Center.
The General Store is a fabulous place to go enjoy a cup of coffee to learn what your neighbors have been up to. If you are curious, the local gossip (don’t tell anyone) is that the Powers-to-be are considering putting a Ferris wheel and roller coaster up at the end of the dock. Watch out Coney Island! (Stay tuned!) The kids visit the general store for ice cream cones, and sodas. It is an idyllic location for simply enjoying nature as you stroll the beach, sit on the driftwood admiring the view, or plunging off the dock into the water. Ahhhh, Summer time!
Summer provides many fun and colorful options for playing. What have you been up to this summer?
Are you appreciating life and the beauty that surrounds you? Are you taking the time to be a kid and play, or did you forget how? Take time to smile and find some joy in life… it will do WONDERS for you!
Have a Happy and Fun Summer!!