WELCOME BACK: Wow what a busy Fourth of July weekend we had. As you probably noticed we
sent our newsletter a day early last week to get ready for the holiday
weekend. Friday we decided to head to Port Susan which is a camping club
just west of Marysville, Washington. While we like to watch the fireworks
from or deck at home, as we mentioned last week, we opted for the quieter
atmosphere of Port Susan. They do not allow any fireworks in the park so we
anticipated a quiet evening. Port Susan is located on the Tulalip Indian
Reservation where heavy fireworks abound. Even though there were no
fireworks in the park it sounded like a war zone. I think some of those
explosions were near dynamite size.
Saturday we went to Sandy Point which is north west of Bellingham, Washington. We have a lot on the water there and are looking to take our boat up and park it there for the summer. The problem is that the dock that was there when we bought the property is in need of repair. We scoped things out and we will be able to use a neighbor's dock until ours is fixed. Tomorrow we plan to take our boat up there where we'll have quicker and easier access to the San Juan Islands.
On our way back from Sandy Point we stopped at Camano Island to say good bye to Ken's brother Ron. After a month in the northwest he and his bride are heading back to beautiful Elk, California. I did manage to get some work out of him while he was here and I think he's ready to go home and relax.
Sunday we went to the Port of Everett to do some more work on our boat but the yard was closed. That was a little disappointing because we really need to do a little more work on it before we put it back in the water. Our plan is to go up there today and finish up what's left and then launch it in the afternoon. After a little shake down cruse around the bay we should be ready to head north. If the weather holds we should be underway in the morning.
We are currently in discussions with several crafters to sell their art pieces on our web site. Stay tuned for further updates as we finalize things. If you are a crafter who would like to sell their creations through our web site please drop us a line and we'll see what we can do. We currently only have one persons crafts on display, Ron Godin, but would love to add more. Check it out at www.runnerduck.com/craft.htm.
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Colored Campfire Rocks
It's always fun to have interesting things to do when you go camping. This is really fun but you will need your parents help with this art project. The results always vary and you can get some really interesting designs.
Here's what you'll need:
Pointed rocks work pretty good because the crayon will run down, blending with the other colors.
Have your parents place the rocks near the coals of a camp fire.
You can watch the crayon melt and all the colors get smooth.
Have your parents carefully remove the rocks from the fire using a shovel or long handled tongs. Put the rocks in a safe place to cool. It will take a long time for them to cool down so don't get too anxious to handle them. You may burn your fingers and you'll probably get melted crayons all over them.
It's best to let them set over night and check out your creation in the morning.
Try lots of different shaped rocks and colors. You'll have a great time.
When you are done place them in your garden at home as yard art!
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Cover and refrigerate overnight.
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