I always worry when Herb heads toward West Marine or a hardware store, because I know he will find a gazillion things he needs. Or wants. But to his credit, he engineers things in his mind, then finds the parts he needs. Being at Shilshole Bay Marina puts us within walking distance of West Marine, and we both search every aisle to fill our shopping list, or just to see if there is something we need that we forgot to put on the list. Plus the store is just plain fun!
With the purchases rung up on the cash register, the clerk tells us how much we owe. Herb reaches for his wallet, which is not in his pocket.
"Willie, I need to use your credit card. I don't have my wallet."
"I'm so sorry, I didn't bring mine either -- I'm traveling light on this walk."
How embarrassing to tell the clerk to hold our purchases aside until we walk back to the boat to get Herb's wallet. I look at my watch to see that it took us 15 minutes to get here. The store closes at 6P, it is now 5:38, so we hurry a little faster this time.
With paid for purchases in hand, we can stroll back to the marina and enjoy the flowers. Here are lovely lavender with bees enjoying the nectar. I see them buzzing in and out of the bush and aim my camera, hoping to capture at least one of them. I don't get too close to their work. Yay! I do think I see something yellow/gold near the top of the photo, just to the right of center, and choose to believe it is a bee.
Earlier today this picnic area was filled with vendors, children playing, families picnicking and cameras flashing. It is National Marina Day, and Shilshole Bay Marina put on a festival in honor of the occasion. Several of the booths had information about boating, hoping to attract more people to the sport.
All is quiet now and I visit Leifur Eriksson (Leif Erikson), Son of Iceland, Grandson of Norway, and ancestor of all who emigrated from Nordic lands. There are many statues of Leif in America, the first one being erected in Boston, and several more as the Norsemen traveled westward.
Happy National Marina Day....
Willie of Willie's Tug,
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
Tuesday, June 12, 2017