We’ve been here a few days and I it’s time to catch you up on the happenings of late.
As always, our love of adventure set the tone for an enjoyable three and a half hour drive from Seattle to Ocean City. I’ve never been to Grays Harbor and was certainly looking forward to spending time exploring and connecting with Barb and our TBI friends. Driving through Aberdeen and Hoqium with r-Destiny wasn’t as bad as we thought through it was going to be. Though 101 wound its way through urban(ish) neighborhoods we hadn’t any worries. Google Maps was our stalwart hometown guide.
Once parked and set up we settled into a quiet supper and rain. I love the sound of rain on the roof. The regular patterns are like a drum beat; a heartbeat of the nature that surrounds us. When I lived in NY I enjoyed listening to CDs of “nature sounds.” Rain and ocean were always such comforting loops. I also loved the rain when it tapped against the windows of my house or swept across the roof. Here, though, it feels different. I feel closer to it. It feels more a part of me like running through puddles during a summer sun-shower.
The beach! I grew up on the East Coast and loved spending as much time as I could in/on/by the water. We had a break in the rain today and off to the beach we went. We took pics and walked along the water.
Even though the Pacific is very different than the Atlantic (yes … it rolls into shore differently, the sand is different, it even smells different) I had a great time.
Today we spent the day with Barb around a campfire. Penny and I love these opportunities to spend with facilitators and friends across the state on their home turf. We learn so much as we share ideas, experiences, challenges, laughter, and even some tears. After hours of conversation, planning, and a pile of firewood Barb was ready to head home and I was ready for supper. :-)
Penny & I spent the day exploring Ocean Shores. While there isn’t all that much to see on a rainy October day we stopped in at the Ocean Shores Interpretive Center to learn more. The pic is from Google. It was way too grey and rainy for my shots.
Things that stood out? Pat Boone, Sand Dollars, and a video with the warning “don’t drive anything out onto the beach you’re not prepared to lose.” After a little digging I found out that Ginny Simms (popular 1940s Big Band singer and her husband are credited with founding Ocean Shores. Her nightclub was the second commercial structure to be built in town and it attracted the Hollywood set throughout the 1960s including Pat Boone, who became a permanent resident. How’s that for cool trivia?
Here’s another, there is no hunting in Ocean Shores. That means the black-tail deer population is HUGE! We saw so many this past weekend we started counting them; 11 on Saturday and 23 on Sunday, and six around our truck when I came out of the store.
We would have liked to walk the Interpretive Trail, but that will have to wait until the rain breaks … maybe next visit.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is proud to be a partner and BEST friend to HeadStrong. This innovative organization serves the pediatric brain injury community and their families here in Washington State.
HeadStrong has a number of engaging and terrific activities and events this fall. They are also a fantastic resource and wealth of information for the entire brain injury community.
Mentoring, stories and information for caregivers in the Seattle area are displayed here to get us “headstrong” for the weekend! Break out those calendars!
The 2015 Mentoring Programs
Our BEST friends at HeadStrong are well-known for their terrific and informative mentor programs for brain injury. We are proud and excited to announce that these programs are back again this fall with even more engaging and enriching programming. All workshops will take place at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma, Washington.
Here’s the scoop on the fall offerings. Click on the links to learn more about each workshop, registration, pricing and more. It’s not too late for register for November 3rd– Click on the link and register today!
Conflict Resolution, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Meaningful Projects and Activities, Tuesday, December 1, 2015 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The mission for the Seattle-based organization, Outdoors for All Foundation?
To enrich the quality of life for children and adults with disability through outdoor recreation.
The organization is pleased to announce their fall program offerings. Click HERE to learn more!
Valentine’s Day seems to be a really fitting day for BEST’s Stitching It Up artisan and crafting group to begin.
Because it was right around that time in 2012 that a lot of love, a sense of fun and a passion to learn and grow were the ingredients whipped up into a terrific recipe, named Stitching It Up.
Held at Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington, each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., this group works on various projects like survivor bracelets to build brain injury awareness, quilts, holiday crafts, superhero gear, totes and so much more.
In fact, some of the products are for sale for the general public online. Find items PERFECT for the holidays, birthdays and other special occasions.
Even better, proceeds from sales of Stitching It Up designed products support BEST.
And that’s not even the BEST part.
This welcoming and supportive group really has a lot of fun being together, learning new things and coming up with new ideas.
So, who can participate in Stitching It Up? Everyone! All are welcome and no experience is necessary. There is no fee to participate and most projects are free of charge.
Interested is learning more and seeing examples of the activities at Stitching It Up? Check out this short video below.