Downy Woodpecker

Robert Downey Woodpecker Jr.: Birdwatching Part 3

Downy Woodpecker


This super-hero-bird’s superpower is a jack hammering head (and a brain that doesn’t get scrambled).

Her mission is to rid the world of pests found inside trees, rotting wood and the tin flashing on your chimney at 5:15 am Saturday morning.

Our guest Frederick caught some images of this hungry bird in hunting mode.


river otter

Time to Get Out On the Water – Go Kayaking!


The weather is finally warming up and we are ready to go kayaking with out friends at Shearwater Kayak Tours. Tours are offered daily from Deer Harbor Marina. Reservations a day or more in advance are recommended. Our popular 3-hour Kayak Tour explores the channels, wildlife, and scenery of the Wasp Islands, just outside of Deer Harbor.

kayaking orcas island

The Spring Wildflower Tour includes a stop on Yellow Island, known for it’s carpet of colorful wildflowers this time of year. Both tours include small groups, stable 2-person kayaks, all necessary kayaking gear and basic instruction.

So get on the water this spring with Shearwater Kayak Tours

Dutch Cookies


A visual representation of what the cookies will like like just before you eat them. Not my photo btw, but you get the idea.

Cookies for everyone!

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup Crisco or other solid shortening

1 egg yolk

1 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

1 egg white diluted with 2 tsp water

3/4 cup chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 350. Butter the bottom of a 12″ x 15″ rimmed baking pan. In a food processor – cream butter, cinnamon, salt and vanilla, pulse until blended. Press evenly into the bottom of the baking pan. Bruch with egg whites and sprinkle with nuts. Bake for 20 minutes, cut into squares while still warm.