I’ve had a few days of sun so it was easy to drive around and check things out. Very little has changed since I left.

The boat yard is chock full of the big commercial boats in the Alaska fleet. It’s the welders and steel workers getting the hours now. There aren’t that many wooden boats in the yard.

Normally I’m here when the plants are blooming, but since I’m here much earlier, I get to watch it happen. And another surprise bonus for arriving early: There are swans in the puddles and ponds in Beaver Valley. Swans normally winter in this region of Washington, and I expect them to go north any day now. But it was an unexpected pleasure to see them.

The rain is coming back tonight; it looks like a normal Spring…..

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