Kristine and the kids got me a bike for my birthday, so Henry and I spent part of today picking it out. After a test ride at Hudson Urban Bicycles, we decided on this Bella Ciao, which looks like an old-fashioned racing bike. My favorite feature is the 2-speed hub operated by a “kick shift,” meaning that you just pedal backward for a second to shift gears. Henry approves.
We’ve decided that the Easter Bunny comes a day early on Lopez Island, given we have to fly home to New York on Easter Sunday. Unfortunately, the Lopez Island grocery store doesn’t have a wide selection of Easter supplies. Instead of baskets, Henry and Ruby will wake up to Easter sand castle buckets. With Fruit Roll-Ups inside.
This afternoon we motivated to drag the kayak out of the garage to take advantage of the clear sky and calm water. Henry, Ruby and I paddled to the end of Mud Bay, where we were not disappointed. We saw deer on the shore, starfish clinging to rocks, red beaked birds scavenging on little outcroppings and seals poking their noses above the glassy surface of the water. We’re now grilling our dinner as we listen to some of our favorite early 80s Stones vinyl: Tattoo You and Emotional Rescue. Life is good.
There was no question what we wanted to do with our first day on Lopez. Right after breakfast, we packed the cooler and firewood into the car and headed to Spencer Spit, our favorite place to spend a sunny day on the island. We grilled, we played Wiffle ball, we listened to Willie Nelson, we napped in the sun. Fittingly, I ended the day with a red neck (we put sunscreen on the kids, Grandma). Looking forward to day 2 and Kristine’s birthday.