Yesterday wouldn't have come together had it not been for Facebook. A long lost college pal of mine from the University of Minnesota, Morris (decades ago) and I went in search of Bald Eagles in the Skagit Valley of Washington. So. Darn. Cool!
A Little Facebook Miracle
Just before Christmas, Mark and I had some business to do in Seattle. On our return to Skagit County (where we moved after road tripping around the USA for 15 months in our motorhome) I thought of Pat. She had been a very good friend my first two years of college before we went our separate ways.
I knew Pat had lived in Seattle quite some time ago. Did she still? Losing touch years ago, (life gets busy, I'm sure you get that) what were the chances of finding her?
A Facebook search pulled her up in less than 5 minutes. I messaged her. She responded THE SAME DAY! Nothing short of a miracle, I'm telling you.
She and I, two "shy Minnesota gals", have each lived in Minnesota, California, and now Washington. Kind of crazy that we find ourselves now living within an hour of each other in retirement. So much to catch up on -- family and work lives -- and all those names and faces from UMM (University of Minnesota, Morris -- sounds like a Zen chant, yes?) We are having fun filling in some gaps for each other having been in touch with different people.
FOR NOW, here's a little of what we saw when we perused Skagit Valley and River on a winter's day... It turned out to be about more than Bald Eagles.
Birding First, Lunch Second
Forecast for this day we'd set aside to rendezvous to look for Bald Eagles was suppose to rain and maybe even provide some lightning. Windless, a few sprinkles, no lightning, and some sunshine. That's what really happened. You saw the rainbow, right?
The Skagit River was running full. We walked a trail in Rasar State Park, located 8 miles west of Concrete, and a place definitely worth checking out if you like amazing trees, ferns, moss, ducks. Truth? We didn't see any Bald Eagles here. Who cares? We had a blast catching up and taking in all that was surrounding us and seeing them up river.
We had lunch in Rockport and then headed back to Burlington where we parted ways -- until next time. Thanks, Pat, and Skagit Valley! It was a most delightful day! Looking forward to the next venture...