Sunday, June 19, 2016


We went to pick up Duchess from hippie horse camp this weekend. We made a vacation out of it, and it was strange and fun. We picked her up on Saturday, got to see her ride and show off her place. 

This is the place.

This is Duchess's favorite horse.

This is Duchess riding.

This is the view from the Goldendale Observatory, where we went to see a "solar show" that turned out, unexpectedly, to be a 2-hour lecture about the sun that was actually pretty darn interesting.

Then we drove to the campground, which was tucked between two railroads, a river, a freeway, and a highway. It was not exactly a quiet wilderness experience. But we were using it for cheap lodging, so it was fine.

This is the Maryhill Museum, a very strange place that also turned out to be pretty cool. We posed with the sculptures, because art is really just a photo opportunity, right?

And this is a full-size replica of Stonehenge. Because why not?

Trip home.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Brigade Encampment

Last Day of School

Duchess and Skipper are now 6th and 2nd graders. Here's the end of the last day of school. Duchess was about to go to ultimate frisbee and Skipper was just home from kung fu.

And here's what they looked like on the first day of school. So long ago...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Cook went to a little end-of-year showcase at Skipper's class today. One of the other parents told him that Skipper's Japanese reading skills were very solid. (We have no way to know if that's true.)