Lena Lake happened to be a beautiful place to go early in the season. Fortunately, it did not live up to its Animal House reputation. 208 more words
Looking back at these Olympic marmot pictures I was struck by how they resemble our tortoiseshell cat, Trixie. In cats the mixed brown & black fur pattern can occur in females (or rarely in males with two XX chromosomes) where the primary color varies randomly from cell to cell, but in the marmots I think their coats are changing from light brown early in the season to dark brown near the end, and the marmots I saw on this occasion in the fall were in the process of transition.
“A stream is music and motion: smooth glides, fast, turbulent riffles and deep pools, each posing a special challenge.”
We could hear music from the Hoh River long before we reached this rocky beach in the Olympic National Park. 50 more words
Some Washington hiking areas give you a chance to meander through magnificent old-growth forests and under massive evergreens draped with moss and lichens. Others offer you the opportunity to explore Washington’s coasts, letting you pick your way along gravelly shores littered with beach wood and see precarious sea stacks standing tall just off shore. 1,113 more words