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While camping on the shore of Lake Quillan we met Dagmar and Scott who invited us to a gathering of friends in the quirkily named Sherwood Forest on the Long Beach peninsula. It involved a detour but was SO worth it. Communal cooking, campfires, music, fireworks for July 4th and lots of child friendly activities.. sandpit, swings, pirate ship.....and a brilliant tidal beach sheltered from the customary winds of this area.
Food was announced with the ring of a bell and the pizza oven was put to good use. There were rope swings in the forest and the chickens and dogs proved a real hit with Leo, as did all the friendly people.
In summer 2014 we hosted Eric, an American guy who stayed with us for a few days and entertained Leo quite successfully. When we knew we were flying to Seattle we realised that Eric might know stuff about getting to the ferry from the airport so we got in touch. Amazingly he offered to pick us up from the airport and host us for a couple of nights so that we could get over our jetlag.
When we arrived, his wife Loretta and his daughters Sophie, Lucy and Maria made us feel very welcome despite us throwing the girls out of their she-shed in the basement. We recovered, had a trip to REI and then rather wonderfully Eric rode us into Settle down the amazing network of trails that linked Bellevue with the city centre. We had a great day especially because most of the journey was downhill although I suspect Eric had a harder time getting home.