Monday, August 24, 2009

What are they doing down there?

There is a very small park in Bellingham - it sits high above the bay on a cliff. There is a parking lot, a few trails, a sign that you can read all about the park - not much to read - it is a small sign - an apple tree and a bench. The train runs right along just below the park, but high enough on the cliff that you can see it when it passes the park. I often wonder how they keep that track from sliding down into the bay - especially with all the rumbling of the train.

We like to buy hamburgers from a drive-in called Morrie's. They feature triple decker burgers, the best milkshakes in town and wavy french fries to die for - and if you want some teriyake, they have that too. Then we drive down the coast a little ways to the park - and park and eat our feast. There seems always to be someting interesting to see from atop the cliff overlooking the bay.
One day we kept seeing these "kites" - and discovered that para sailing was in full swing. They swooped and dove and dipped and ran along the water - and up the cliffs and over and above us in the wind currents - what a fine day for the sport.

We often saw three or more of the sails from our car - we never thought to walk over to the edge of the cliff and get a better view - but we did use the binoculars - or "bird - noculars" as Ben calls them.
In this one you can see the little tiny guy flitting along the waves far below - he was moving pretty fast too.
Another gal way down below and lots of sails . . .

They never got tangled - and I don't know why not. . .


Whooosh . . .


See the guy in the lower front - being pulled along - they had such fun!










All in all - a good day for a car picnic of burgers, fries and a milkshake - and some fun with para sailing.

I took over 100 photos - but only showed you a few - aren't you glad?

13 comments:

Crispy said...

I loved your series of photos Jo, it was almost like being there. I miss seeing sights like that and hot air balloons....nothing around here high enough to jump off of LOL.

Crispy

Marilyn said...

What great photos... Took me awhile to figure out what I was looking at!!
That is a sport better left to the younger set!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Christine Thresh said...

Interesting photos. I could not figure out what they were at first, but now I see. Arcs in the air. It must be fun, but not for me.
You had a fine day.

Terri said...

Love the photos. Hope I get that good at taking pictures.....looks like they were have a blast!

Judy S. said...

Fun photos, Jo! I didn't know they did para-sailing in B'ham. It looks a bit TOO exciting for me, but your photos sure captured the colorfullness adventure of the sport!

Drawn to The Sea said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this! Sounds like an absolutely perfect day.

And thank you for the encouragement, it means a lot :-)

Pleasant day,
~Julia

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What great pictures. Almost looks like birds flying in the air. What a fun afternoon.

Fearless Nester said...

Noticed all the whitecaps in the water...must have been good wind for them. Oh, and a milkshake sounds yummy...now I'll not be satisfied until I have one!

Elenka said...

That looks pretty scary to me. Fun to watch, tho.

Barb said...

Love the items you purchased. Are you going to quilt that quilt? What great finds....love the photos

Nanci said...

Oh I could feel the breezes and just knew the feelings you must have had seeing this spectacle!

Thanks for the fun photos!

*karendianne. said...

Oh how absorbing. Can you see the faint rainbow in the photo (2nd from bottom)? Magical. Bird-noculars. Oh Ben. We love you.

lila said...

Parasailers are more adventurous than I am! I do like the colors of the ocean, grass and bright "sails" in your photos!
Living near the sea gives you some wonderful scenes...and the mountains too!