Autumn's Gentle Breezes

By: PugetSoundPost , 5:43 AM GMT on September 26, 2012

October 8, 10 pm

Great weather is continuing!! Still dry, sunny and hitting the 70's! Sure has been an incredible run. But, time is running out. By the weekend our fall rainy season should start, according to NWS. The blocking high pressure will finally break down, allowing the storm doors to open.

But, in the meantime, we're trying to squeeze in a bit of fun for the end of the run. Mr. PSP and I are heading off to Mt. Rainier tomorrow for a few days! I will recap it when we get back!

October 3

Another beautiful morning in the Great Northwest! We are beginning to feel like California, or somewhere, with all of this non-stop sunshine! Love it and not complaining.

Yesterday was cooler, in spite of the sunshine, as a cooler air mass rolled in on a north breeze. Our high was 68. And, this morning's low was the coldest of the season so far - 38. It is beginning to feel a bit like October, but no rain anywhere in sight.

Here is my wrap-up of September at our house:

September in Review

Average High: 75
Average Low: 49
Highest Temp: 90 (9/7)
Lowest Temp: 43 (9/12)
Coldest High Temp: 62 (9/21)
Wettest Day: 9/10 (.24")
Days of Measurable Rain: 3

Total Rain for September: .33"
(This is the 3rd driest Aug/Sept on record for us)

October 3
Sunrise: 7:11 AM --- Sunset: 6:42 PM (PDT)

October 1, 10:15 pm

Happy One Month (already!) Anniversary to my happy daughter and son-in-law!!

And, a new month to wonder about. It is actually hard to believe how fast all the weeks and months are going!

But, to back up, we took another outing over this past weekend - this time lured to the water rather than mountains. On Saturday we headed up to Canada! But, not to Canada exactly. Instead we were passing through Canada on our way to Point Roberts, Washington. It is called a U.S. exclave - territory that is part of the USA, but does not physically touch any other part of the country, and is not an island.

For any who do not know about Point Roberts, it is the southern tip (about 4 square miles) of a peninsula dropping south out of British Columbia. Since this little tip,or point, of the peninsula lies south of the 49th parallel, it is then inside USA territory. It is bounded on the east by Boundary Bay and on the west by the Strait of Georgia, a wide strait that separates mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island, populated by smaller Gulf Islands scattered through the Strait. The only access to Point Roberts by road is to first travel into Canada, then drive about a half hour or so to re-enter the US at a special border crossing just for Point Roberts and its small population.

It is an interesting place, mostly a beach community, the southern tip of the small area is basically a spit with gravelly beaches. The northern part of Point Roberts is higher and forested - all of this in 4 square miles. We toured most all of the roads, spent time on the beach, took some walks in the woods, where fall has really settled in with lovely color, looked at an original boundary marker set in 1861 from the original survey, had a neat encounter with an owl flying right beside our car, and at car level, for a few too-short seconds, and enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the beach. More people live there than expected, but only a few scattered businesses suffice as the "town". Only a two lane road separates housing neighborhoods in the more bustling town on the Canadian side of the border from the more rural community on the American side. Too bad more countries don't share the same border philosophy that we enjoy with Canada. We enjoyed our day - four border crossings to make the roundtrip - but a delightful time exploring a place we had never been before.

Point Roberts, Washington

A few more photos can be found in the series.

Another sunny and wonderful day for us weather-wise. A high of 77 here at home to launch October with a delightfully blue sky all day, and the mountains have cleared tremendously, at least today, from the smoke and haze of late.

September 25, 10:45 PM

Change is in the air in a variety of ways, and to meet one of them head-on this afternoon, I finally made it outside to begin to clean up the yard, and mainly deck so far, after a season's worth of life and growth. The day was cloudy til afternoon, and then it finally did clear into a very lovely early autumn day. A pleasant sunshine, not a lick of wind, and a perfect temperature for doing some outside work. The high was 70.

It felt good to dig into pots and pull out flowers long-past-their-peak, go through others that needed a good dead-heading or cleaning out of straggly growth, and take the now empty pots away for the year. A good sweeping of the deck,re-filling of bird feeders, putting away most of summer's ornamentation hanging around on various hooks, including some subtle 4th of July decor that had been forgotten till lately, a re-arranging of the numerous remaining pots and furniture, and by the end it all looked good again, and enticing to find opportunity to go out and sit again, before fall really sets in with more vigorous weather.

I enjoy changing seasons and from summer to fall is always a good change for me. The deck and outside is not "shut down" yet, but is greatly thinned down and gives a new feeling to it - more reflective, rather than summer raucus, which seems to better match the mood of the season. The weather has definitely turned to fall, but not in a too-serious way. Color is only beginning to show hints of change around town on the trees, and the weather has been gentle and mild. No storms for who-knows-how-long, and a long string of quiet, pleasant days is in process. Not much change in the near term is expected.

There are still a lot of nicely blooming flowers outside, for me that is mainly geraniums right now, plus a few other assorted late bloomers- some zinnias and phlox looks nice, along with a few snapdragons. Just a few weeks ago I potted new purple winter pansies and asters, to use at our wedding, and they will last a long while now and look fresh, so they have added spark.

Besides flowers, we are bringing in our garden produce, mainly on a pretty small scale. I actually have not done much with it myself - the kids have run the gardens the last few summers. We ended up with nice carrots (much better than they have been for some time now), swiss chard and lettuce (gone for awhile), our usual good supply of tomatoes, lots of peppers, and some small variety pumpkins are just about ready. A pretty good apple crop from one tree and wild blackberries that border our yard abundantly complete the farmer's market at our house. Earlier in the summer we also have cherries from numerous trees around the property. We have to compete with raccoons and birds for those.

Speaking of gardens, another change has been that my youngest daughter, and child, just left for college last week. She has been our "garden manager" in recent summers, including this one. She has done the bulk of the real work that it takes to make a garden grow, and she will certainly be missed for this, but not as much as just having your youngest child leave, even if only semi-temporarily and not all that far away. She is living just off-campus in Seattle, so not far, but not here either. Both daughters have moved onward in less than a month's time, and there is a void in the house. Two sons are still here, but they are in and out and now that the university has started again this week, at least one of them will be out a lot more again. So, the breezes of change blow in a variety of ways, but also they can blow in different opportunities and sometimes some fresh air from a different direction.

On another note, here are a few photos from our recent trip to North Cascades National Park. We took an 8 mile roundtrip hike up to Cascade Pass that was beautiful, with wonderful weather. It was a quick three day trip, but nice to do after such a busy summer mainly focused on our daughter's wedding, among some other things too.

Cascade Pass, looking east down the long valley. Lake Chelan is about 28 miles down the trail.

Along the trail

September 25
Sunrise: 7:00 AM --- Sunset: 6:59 PM (PDT)
(losing 3 min, 25 sec tomorrow)

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11. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:14 PM GMT on October 16, 2012
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10. SBKaren
1:40 AM GMT on October 15, 2012
They were all ACs in my book. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos!!!
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9. calpoppy
10:28 PM GMT on October 14, 2012
Briar look again, PSP got one!!! Sometimes they take a while to be put up. Only 1 per series is allowed.

Big congrats PSP!
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8. BriarCraft
8:53 PM GMT on October 14, 2012
I see you managed to squeeze in one last trip before the daily drip (of fall rains) began. I'm so glad you did. I wish I had, but I let myself become obsessed with finishing the fall clean-up of flowerbeds. The weeds could have waited. At least you let me enjoy your trip through your photos.

You really nailed some spectacular and colorful scenes. The ACs passed you by. Unfairly.
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7. PugetSoundPost
10:29 PM GMT on October 07, 2012
Hi Polar! So nice to have you stop in for an update! Your rain is surely crazy! Still no rain here and it is starting to feel odd. This time of year is usually pretty nice, so it isn't like we expect never ending gloom and rain, but by now we should have more rain than than this. Only a third of an inch here since mid July!! Too bad so much was shunted north to you while we bask in mid 70's lately. As far as leaves go, we are not uniform. Some places within a 15 mile radius are deeper into fall than we are in our more immediate neighborhood/part of town. Some trees I have been passing on a regular basis for the last many weeks in Bellevue have been a beautiful golden down a long stretch of road, and on Friday I noticed that a lot of them are really dropping and the trees are starting to get thin. On the other hand, not much is happening closer to home. Overall it still looks pretty summery around us, with scattered exceptions.

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6. WatchinTheSky
9:33 PM GMT on October 05, 2012
OK, if you are going to bask in some 'California sunshine', I want to enjoy some PNW rain (even if you did not get much last month)! It's only fair. Summer has left the area and we are enjoying some fall weather for a change. Another month or two and we may get some rain!
Nice photos and info of Point Roberts area.
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5. polarbytes
12:35 PM GMT on October 04, 2012
Hey, PSP, it's been so long since I've checked in to your doings! sounds like maybe things are getting back to normal? Congrats on the wedding, whew!,huh!
Nice pics, envy your sunshine, maybe we could trade for a few days; we give you some rain and, nah, probably not! Flooding up here on the Kenai is finally easing, but with the nonstop rain since the beginning of Sept, water levels are still very high.
Since the first week of Sept, we have had over 15". Other places on the Pen. have had much more. It has been wet! The only silver lining is that temps are slightly above average, with all the flow from the southwest. Well, now that fall is over, no leaves left to change and drop up here, I hope to resume checking in on a regular basis. what else is there to do when the snow flies, LOL! Enjoy the fine weather, you deserve it!
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4. calpoppy
10:50 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
Hi PSP! Must have been nice to get away after all the wedding festivities! Beautiful pics!

I think for me when my boys moved out I knew that things just wouldn't be the same . They went off to become the men they are and that's how it should be, but still I think how nice it would be to have them home as boys again just for a little while :))
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3. BriarCraft
9:44 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
North Cascades Park has been on my bucket list for years. You make me want to go there even more. I'm so glad you took the time to go and enjoy now, while the weather is still good.

Your description of all the gardening you're doing and still need to do sounds a lot like the situation at my place. I couldn't keep up with weeding and deadheading earlier and now I feel like I'm racing to get it all caught up before the rains return.
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2. Buckey2745
6:40 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Absolutely beautiful pictures. Makes me realize exactly how flat and boring Ohio is. :)
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1. WatchinTheSky
5:11 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Hi PSP, sounds like a fine Fall so far and getting back to a bit of a slower routine after the busy summer! Your forecast looks refreshing, I am getting a good chuckle out of our forecast for next week early. October starts out with 109 and 118 for the first two days! Awesome (if we can believe WU forecast)!!
It has been quite nice for the last few days, lower 80s peak and upper 50s overnight. Fall IS here.
Very nice photos of your trip, thanks for sharing!
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