Playa Cuastecomate

Just around the point of the northern border of Bahia Navidad is a small beach, Cuastecomate.  There’s no town here, just a few small shops and homes, a hotel and several restaurants on the beach.  All of the restaurants have tables with umbrellas out on the sand so they are very inviting to sit and have a beer and a snack.  Which is just what we did.

Morita Family Fun at the Beach

During the third week of July, all of Valerie’s immediate family packed up and headed to Holden Beach, North Carolina for a week of family fun.  Holden Beach (pics) is a small island with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other.  The much more popular and better known Myrtle Beach is about 50 miles south of Holden Beach.

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Pacific Northwest Seafood

One of the things we enjoy about visiting different parts of the United States or different parts of the world, is having the opportunity to sample the many different foods that have become iconic for that particular location.  The Pacific Northwest has established itself as a source for a wide variety of fresh seafood.

Oysters on the half shell, steamed mussels from Penn Cove on Whidbey Island, crab cakes, salmon, steamed clams in roasted garlic pesto, oyster shooters and fish and chips.  All fresh and locally sourced.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Also known as the Ballard Locks (pics), this complex set of locks just to the north of downtown Seattle was built by the Army Corps of Engineers and was opened on July 4, 1917.  These locks are part of the Lake Washington Ship Channel that connects Lake Washington and Lake Union to the Puget Sound.

Ballard Locks

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