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The weather is warming up, and even when it’s cloudy outside it is warm – mid to upper sixties most days.  This is a happy thing ( though I catch myself thinking about how it will come to an end in just a few short months). I want to drink it in, this summer weather, before it’s gone. We’re just two months away from blueberry season – I cannot wait (see, I tend to jump ahead).
I feel ridiculously emotional when I go by areas in full bloom; yards that are so beautiful and well thought out. Or huge, old rhododendrons that blend into the rest of the greenery for eleven months out of the year, bursting into bloom like a neon sign to remind everyone of their existence. There is the smell of honeysuckle here and there, which I didn’t notice at all last year.
So, I’m resuming last year’s goal: to ride my bike the length of the peninsula and back by the end of summer. We are about fifteen miles or so from Ilwaco – so that means working up to 30 miles. It is a fairly flat road so if I work at it……….. Somehow that got lost in all of the work that needed to happen here last summer (not to mention that we had lousy weather for most of it ).
Today I rode seven miles into town and back to mail out stuff that sold on ebay.
I took a long meandering route both directions. This keeps me off of the main road, and gives me the opportunity to ride on the side streets and take in the scenery.

In our little town of Ocean Park there are lots and lots of small houses. Mostly pretty old – 60-90 years old. There is a street called Park Avenue which is dotted with the sweetest little cabins and houses in varying states of care and repair.
This first one is so adorable, and they have a nice veggie garden growing. And the color is happy even on a dreary day.
  The next one is nearly across the street – It’s not nearly as old ( and I think there’s some friendly competition as to who’s house is cuter.
   There are lots of these tiny storybook houses – though I would guess most of them only see life a few weekends per year.       There’s a huge banner in the window which reads: and “Dave Sudell Poisons My Garden And My Well”  Not happy neighbors.

Lots of folks name their houses:  “Drift Inn”, “Quiet Cove”. “the King’s Estate”?? ( I’m guessing that’s their last name) but this caught my eye:
         I like the idea of a name for the house, but don’t think I could do it.                   This relaxed cabin has an eclectic vibe with it’s bright blue trim and an assortment of things around the outside.     And I couldn’t resist a shot of small, tiny, and itty-bitty ( the biggest of the three is maybe twenty feet square. Could you fit more than one person in itty-bitty? Maybe it’s like a teardrop trailer where you have to stand outside to cook. All three of those are pretty old cabins.
   There is a ton of poppies beginning to bloom along the back of Jacks Country Store      And a final shot of the main intersection of town, complete with it’s blinking light   nearly too small to see in that photo. The beach is a couple blocks right down that road, just over the rise.
So, today I love living in this little town where I can bike to the post office and pick up a couple things at the grocery. Most people acknowledge you or even wave as I go by on my bike – I guess they’re happy to be here too.

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