The other aquatic tour was 1.5 hours long and covered nearly all of the tide flats/Commencement Bay area. This view of Mt Rainier was stunning even on a day with so many clouds. Next time I'd try to frame it differently but all these were taken with a point and shoot with no eye piece so it was often difficult to tell what you were actually capturing!
This military landing craft approaching the beach was being used to take people up the Thea Foss Waterway on a little informational tour. It was worth the time. At the end all on board were instructed to "storm the beach!"
Lots of people were taking pictures of everything! Many boats were on display. There was no charge for boarding and all had people eager to answer questions and give free tours. At other festivals all the boats charge for boarding.
The next section of photographs are all from the Maritime Festival that took place the last weekend in August. This annual event has grown from a sort of "backyard" affair to a real event some people wouldn't miss for anything and for good reason.
On board the Hawaiian Chieftain we were shown this tea brick which will make 5,000 cups of tea!
These poppies were also on the Lavender Farm: huge and red. There was also the biggest dandelion (at least 3" in diameter) ready to blow away its seeds but there was nothing to let you see how big it was so it will go on posted.
While the scenes are idyllic, the aroma ever so pleasant and the industry quite lucrative even on a small amount of land, the work (so I'm told) is back-breaking, down on your knees hard work mostly by hand to harvest then with hedge trimmers to mound out the plants after the harvest. But they are ever green and require little attention. They sound perfect for my parkway but will have to come back to the farms to purchase plants: you can't get these varieties from the local nursery. Nurseries only have the spindly sort you see everywhere.
saw sachets, wands, cookies, coffee, tea, salad dressing, honey (of course), jam and many other things. A friend of a friend has even written a whole cookbook for using lavender. No doubt it has fabulous medicinal qualities.