Moonlight, S’mores & Spit

‘Living in the dark ages’ has always been a favorite ‘comeback’ for millennials to say when asked a reasonable question by an elder.  So when I read the Bellingham Trails Meetup notice about an upcoming ‘moonlight and s’mores walk, on the shores of the Semiahmoo Spit this week, I was both confused and intrigued.  Am I the only baby boomer on the planet, who has never heard of the word s’mores?

Even my MS Office spell check doesn’t seem to know the word.  A guess is that it’s an abbreviation for ‘some more’ – but that’s probably too simple.  Things today are much more complex.  Like cell phones.

So, I did what I often see other people doing – holding my phone up to my mouth and asking the phone a question.  But I failed to get a response.  I tried calling it Alexa but no response.  I tried using old girlfriend names but I couldn’t remember their name(s).

I finally got almost smart and decided to Google the word.

If any of you already know what a s’more is – you can go back to sleep, now.  For the rest of you – fasten your seatbelt and stand behind the sneeze guard for the answer!  Are you ready?

S’mores are marshmallows that have been set ablaze over a campfire and then sandwiched between chocolate and two graham crackers.  Excuse me?  WTF? (Why The Face?)

Maybe, if you’re like me, you’ll remember sitting around a campfire and roasting marshmallows on a stick until they catch on fire and then you quickly blow-out the flame and eat the gooey treat.  My mouth is starting to water at the mental image.  My mouth doesn’t water up much anymore – so I decided to register for the walk to check it out.

It’s this Friday at 7:00 PM at the Semiahmoo Spit.

But Danny, what is a Semiahmoo Spit?

Relax, Spanky – the word Spit refers to a peninsula, not the drool from your mouth!  In South Surrey, we have the Blackie Spit at Crescent Beach, and I’m sure there are lots of other places with the name ‘spit’ (it’s also easier to spell than peninsula!).

So far, there are 36 other walkers gathering near the border town of Blaine, in the USA, to participate in this event.  Fortunately, the walk is only a couple of miles long – so there shouldn’t be too long a wait for the s’mores feast.  And although I haven’t eaten solid food for ten years – I am going to try one of them (I’ll just spit it out after tasting).

I can’t remember the last campfire I sat around but it was probably at the cottage in the ’70s.  In those days, we also roasted wieners on a stick – and then dipped them into a jar of mustard.  I remember, as kids, we used to gather around the campfire on a Summer night and sing songs or tell scary stories.  Also, in scouts, we used to have campfires and we even learned to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together.  And then, matches and lighters were invented.

In the mid-1970s, during a weekend drinking adventure, my buddies and I almost burned down my family’s cottage, after one of them poured gasoline on the campfire.  My friend Lincoln (Linc) Keays, who now lives in the Miramichi, was the one who helped put the raging inferno out.  But that’s another story.  I wonder if he still reads my stories?  If so, he’s probably grinning from ear-to-ear at the memory!

Some of my friends from the NW Tulip Trekkers Walking Club will be there and Elizabeth, the S’mores event host, is also a Trekkers member.  So, now that you’ve learned about s’mores – why not join us?

If you’re interested in attending this event – here’s the info:

Bellingham Trails Meetup Group

Semiahmoo Spit, 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, WA

Friday, April 19th  (7:00 – 10:00 PM)

BTW, bring a stick and a folding chair (and some marshmallows, chocolates or graham crackers if you have some).

UPDATE:  Although I didn’t actually sample a s’more at the campfire last night, I enjoyed the walk, scenery, and company.  The campfire was the first that I’ve sat around in decades and I felt like a teenager.  Here are some of the photos of the walk:

I also took a few short video clips. 

Click on this link to view:  Moonlight Walk & Campfire

 

Dedicated to my friend, Lincoln Keays

Hugs,

Danny

Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Everybody Pays – lyrics

I got shot off my horse so what? I’m up again
And playing in one of these big saloons on Main
You can come up here take a look around these sinners dens
You’re only ever going to find one or two real games
Nobody’s driving me underground
Not yet anyway
But either on the strip or on the edge of town
Everybody pays; everybody pays to play

Yeah you ought to stay right where you are in sawdust land
It’s probably the safest place to be
With your greasy little pork pies and your shoestring hands
It makes no difference to me
All those directions which we never took
To go our different ways – who went and wrote
The oldest story in the book?
Everybody pays; everybody pays to play

Curl up inside a boxcar dream and disappear
With a couple low roller friends
You were never one for trouble
So get out of here
I knew the game was dangerous back then
But nobody’s breezing through these swinging doors
Just ups and walks away
Everybody has to leave some blood here on the floor
Everybody pays; everybody pays to play

Everybody pays; everybody pays to play

Songwriters: Mark Knopfler
Everybody Pays lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor living in Vancouver, BC (as in almost pregnant). His other passions include: patient advocate (he had Stage 3 Throat Cancer) ; daily power walks at the Promenade in White Rock; and of course, spoiling his dog Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

5 thoughts on “Moonlight, S’mores & Spit

  1. I love S’MORES. I wish I could come and have some. I hope you have a wonderful walk and enjoy that fire. Happy Eastertime to you and Holly. I will be visiting a fiend in the Wack. Hoping for some sunshine. Not walking too much yet as the weather is not favorable for my condition. Soon, very soon. Fingers crossed.

    1. Well, there is another option: just come for the s’mores, campfire and moonlight – no walking. But if that doesn’t work for you, I look forward to the time when we can do a few walks together. Maybe, we’ll find a deserted beach and can build a fire and make s’mores… Hugs, Danny

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