Afternoon on the Trails at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island

View from the Canopy Tower. The 2nd Afternoon on the Trails at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island is on March 6th, 2011.

Spend the Afternoon at IslandWood Next Sunday

Yes, back in November, our family had a nice afternoon at IslandWood on their first Afternoon on the Trails Day.  We were free to roam, explore and volunteers were out and about to answer questions and chat about the property.  It was a rare treat to be able hike around without a guide, but I was very surprised at how few people took advantage of it.  After the fact, many friends and islanders said they did not even know about it, so alas, I am helping spread the word.

The Trails are Open Sunday March 6th from 12-4pm

Do take advantage of it!  I know may islanders have never even been to the property.  Locals, you are missing out on this amazing “school in the woods.” Take a picnic lunch, climb the canopy tower, trek across the suspension bridge and explore the adjacent cemetery.  I know our family has more of the 255 acre outdoor learning center to cover, so we plan to be there again ( I am hoping for warmer temperatures next weekend – like over 40 degrees, please).  Hope to see you there.

Glowing Moss on the trees at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island - Jen Pells

Glowing Moss on the trees at IslandWood.

Looking down at the tops of trees from the Canopy Tower at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island - Jen Pells

Looking down at the tops of trees from the Canopy Tower at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island.

The Canopy Tower at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island - Jen Pells

The Canopy Tower at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island.

Mac's Pond at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island.  Photo by Jen Pells

The floating classroom on Mac's Pond at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island.

On February 27, 2011, in Activities, Community, Events, by

Bainbridge Island Chilly Hilly 2011

The classic ferry unload for the Bainbridge Island Chilly Hilly.

A Good Map on Bikely of the Chilly Hilly Ride

And another map on Map My Ride

Last year a record 6,000+ cyclists showed up for the ride.   This week we have had record low temperatures in the Seattle area. You tell me, is that good or bad the Chilly Hilly?  Well, since I ran three lil’ ole miles today, out at Battle Point Park, in the biting wind and 30 degree temperatures, I say bad.  My fingers and toes say bad. But, alas, I am not a cyclist. My huband does ride, but for practical commuting purposes only.  Riding is not what he would consider “fun.”

The total ride is 33 miles around the island and 2,675 feet of climbing, hello!

Bainbridge Island Ferry Delays?

Yes, but, I do like to see them unload off the ferry.  I also like to see the cyclists climbing all the hills around the island. Yes, this will cause ferry delays, but it is only once a year.  The ride runs from 8am to 3pm, starting from the ferry dock.  The biggest impact will be on the Seattle sailings at 7:55 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:35 a.m., and 10:35 a.m

What Will You Be Doing?

Personally, I will be dreaming of a trip to a tropical locale . . . but thousands of cyclists will be riding around the island distracting me and making me feel guilty.  Sunday is a day for real estate open houses.  But around here, they are light, because seasoned Realtors know that an open house = a convenient pit stop for a cyclist.

For more info about the February 27, 2011 Chilly Hilly, check out the Chilly Hilly/Cascade Bicycle Club Website, but this Bikely Map, is one of the best out there.  Also another map on Map My Ride is good too.

On February 26, 2011, in Activities, Community, by
The Winslow Paint Company on Bainbridge Island

Thank You Winslow Paint Company!  . . . and by the way, that is Benjamin Moore Lemon Sorbet on the wall.

The Winslow Paint Company on Bainbridge Island

I love you little Orlando Brush!

We are doing a little painting.  I believe in professional painters, I really and truly do.  We hired a painter to paint the exterior of our house, our vaulted ceilings and our kitchen and family rooms.

However, I have painted my fair share of bedrooms and bathrooms.  Big square rooms are pretty doable for me, especially when you are putting on new trim.   But, in every room, in this home anyway, I have had to do the dreaded cutting-in at the ceilings.

I have watched my pro painter paint and tried to pick up his tips.  Of course I have also Googled and read.  But, the other night I was tired and at the end of my rope trying to cut clean lines . . . I knew the painter was a phone call away.

But, the next day, I was buying paint at Wisnlow Paint and I asked the owner  what brush she recommended for cutting-in.  I was guessing it was going to be one of those $30 brushes, of course.   But without hesitation, she led me to a one inch brush by Orlando that  was only $8.99. And can I tell you that brush just sings and I was able to finish my project without going bonkers. And, it washed up so easily (my husband can testify to the number of brushes we have tossed because I find them too difficult to clean, ugh).

In fact, the Winslow Paint Company has played a large part in the remodel of your home.  In the very beginning I consulted with Mary, who picked the exterior paint colors.  And because of Winslow Paint I have become a loyal Benjamin Moore customer.  I am a pretty budget conscious gal, so I know, in comparison to Behr it costs more.  However,  there is no better paint for ease and coverage  – especially in high moisture areas like a bathroom or kitchen.  Their paint is just more durable and superior. Winslow Paint was also the go-to-store for our recent fence staining project – the Cabot Stain made our new cedar fence a neighborhood stand-out (in a good way).

So thank you Winslow Paint Company for always being there to answer all my questions and shake my year old paint cans!

Update: The Winslow Paint Company owners and sold their store to and it was renamed Peninsula Paint

We love our new cedar fence.

We love our new cedar fence.

On February 15, 2011, in Community, Personal, by

Valentine collage - jen pells

Valentine collage II - jen pells

On February 15, 2011, in Personal, by

Doc's Marina Grill on Bainbridge IslandDoc’s Marina Grill – at Eagle Harbor

403 Madison Avenue South
Bainbridge Isle, WA 98110
(206) 842-8339


On a nice day it is great to eat outdoors and enjoy a view of Eagle Harbor. Even in the winter, they convert their patio into an indoor/outdoor patio. Doc’s has a wide range of choices for adults and the standard kid’s menu, like chicken strips or a hot dog. However, Doc’s is a nice option because adults can get a very grown-up seafood dinner, like grilled salmon, yet, the kids are happy with their food too. They also have a bar, open late.   $$$


On February 1, 2011, in Happy hour, Restaurant, by

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