This summer day in Port Townsend is buzzing and vibrant. The local farmers' market sells produce, and other vendors staff booths stuffed with candles, soaps, clothing, sweets. A long roll of paper next to the sidewalk beckons both kids and adults to exercise their fancy in watercolor.
Our day with Hollin and Milo in Victoria was highlighted by visits to the justly famous Butchart Gardens and the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, featuring tropical butterflies and moths from Asia, Australia, and the Americas.
For Milo the highlight was a reunion with his friend Anya, met while on a camping trip. Anya, her grandmother Anne, and Anya's friend Kirsten caught up with us at the butterfly garden, accompanied us through Butchart Gardens, and later played on the "Old" MacDonald play structure, before Milo, Hollin, Alan and I headed for Port Townsend and home on the ferry.
Here are a few photos that caught the spirit of the day! First, the butterfly garden.
Learning about the life cycle of the Atlas Moth
(Photos by Narca)
Atlas Moth caterpillars and adult
And on to Butchart Gardens! Anne tells us that this place is spectacular on Saturday summer nights when there are fireworks displays.
Kirsten, Milo and Anya ride the carousel at Butchart
The best use for a huge, grassy hill––by the time we left, kids of several nationalities had joined the fun!