Things Best Enjoyed in the Summertime

By July 30, 2013Daily Life

Summertime…and the living is easy.

We’re been on temporary hiatus from ShiftFWD’s main endeavors the last few weeks since our Epokka Kickstarter campaign ended so that we can get some rest, recoup, and enjoy the summer. We’re still deciding what the next steps for Epokka will be and what exactly we’ll do next. We’ve got lots of ideas, but they need to simmer and get refined.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some of the fun things we’ve been up to outside of work.

The week before last, we bought a pop-up gazebo so that we’d have a place to better enjoy the back yard. We’ve been doing small things like adding lights and making it cozy so that it’s a nice place to hang out. And I have to say, it’s amazing! We’ve pretty much been living in it since we got it. In fact, I don’t remember the last time we ate indoors.


It’s like a cozy little space where you can chill and have your own little intimate gathering. We’ve used it to eat, to sleep, to work, and to enjoy various nice tasty cocktails.

On Saturday, we decided to take a trip to Birch Bay, WA. We usually go at least once or twice every summer, but somehow we’ve never managed to go this exact time of year before. We were surprised to see the tides so low.


What you see isn’t just water, it’s sand with puddles of water on top.

When we were coming back, I started to get tired and sun soaked and had a surreal type of feeling like we had been walking a long time in the middle of the desert. It was amazing…and a little odd!


We took off our sandals and walked far away from the shoreline in the sand from one end of the beach to the other.



Here’s a stuck little boat taken from where we were walking.

I felt kind of sorry for it. I hope it gets to see water again some day soon!


Some lovely rainbow sailboats to brighten the day even more.


If you ever come to the area, it’s definitely worth a visit. If you visit in the right moment, you might even get to experience the sensation of “walking on water” during the low tide.


Beautiful views of the birds and the San Juan Islands.



On the drive back home, we got a pretty little view of Mt. Baker. Perhaps that’ll be next weekend’s trip!


Photography: Naomi Niles and Koldo Barroso


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