People often ask us if we have a Christmas tree on the boat, and of course we do – it’s a boat-sized tree made for us many years ago by my old Sea Scout friend. We enjoyed a quiet Christmas morning together, then joined a gathering of about 15 people for a pot-luck Christmas dinner – it was a perfect day, though the promise of snow turned into rain with warmer than expected temperatures.
Jim was busy baking his famous monster cookies, but I had to keep reminding him that Christmas is all about sharing them.We finally had a day without some rain so I could photograph the Sons of Norway hall – first at low tide on the slough…And then at high tide.We haven’t had many decent weather days in a while, though Saturday and Sunday were clear and cold with bright sunshine – finally! We loaded up the cameras and decided to head “out the road” to see some birds, but lots of other people were out enjoying the good weather with their dogs, so the birds were pretty scarce. We enjoyed hiking and exploring new parts of the island, and with the crisp temperatures the fallen leaves and the swimming hole were kissed by frost and ice.The muskeg meadows were misty and frosty, and it was great to take the time to notice nature’s little details like this Spanish moss on the evergreens.We made it all the way to the end of the road on the island, making lots of stops to explore along the way. The sun was getting ready to dip below the mountain but it still cast a nice light on the snow-capped mountains across the strait. We loved the views with every twist and turn of the road.The next day was clear and cold again, but we had a bit of fog in the early morning which froze into a very thick frost that covered the dock and everything. I’ve never seen frost that thick, and it was very tough stuff since it remained intact even after two days of people walking on it. The frost made everything sparkle like diamonds – so pretty.And from the beauty of nature, we turn to the insanity and/or hardiness of the people of Petersburg as the New Year is celebrated with a Polar Plunge. Let me note that it’s a miserable rainy day – about 44 degrees which, coincidentally is the same as the water temperature! Despite the weather, quite a number of people came out to take the plunge. A safety swimmer was geared up and ready in his dry suit and the Volunteer Ambulance Corps was present… just in case. The brave souls lined up on the launch ramp dock…And someone counted down to the moment of truth!Most people couldn’t get out of the water fast enough…But a few folks paddled around for a little bit, enjoying a little harbor swim.