From tide pools to petanque courts, Sister City visitors explore Edmonds

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    After a weekend of resting up and settling in with host families, the Hekinan delegation dove right into an Edmonds kind of Monday, sampling our local attractions and environment.

    The morning began with a personal greeting at Mayor Earling’s office and a chance to sit in the mayor’s chair. Following that, the Japanese students visiting from Edmonds’ sister city headed down to Brackett’s Landing for a lesson in local marine biology with the Edmonds Beach Rangers. A minus 1 tide uncovered a wealth of sea life amongst the exposed the mudflats, rocks and pilings north of the ferry landing.

    Then it was a stroll up to Civic Field for a picnic pizza lunch followed by a quick course in the fine points of petanque from the Edmonds Petanque Club, and a chance to try their hands at the game. Much to the instructors’ chagrin, beginners luck prevailed, as the Hekinan visitors consistently threw better than the club veterans.

    The Hekinan delegation will be in town through Aug.16. Learn more at the Edmonds Sister City Commission website here: www.edmondswa.gov/sister-city-commission.html.

    — Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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