It snowed in mountains!

We had the first real rainy day on Friday.  The temperature went down to the forties, and we used the fireplace for the first time this season.  The clouds covered pretty much everything all day yesterday, but  the blue sky was back, and the mountains were out when we woke up this morning.  The mountain peaks had very little snow before the rain, but it is a lot whiter now.

The Brothers.  The Hood Canal was under the clouds this morning.

 Mt. Ellinor and Mt. Washington

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Bristlecone & American Three-toed woodpecker @Great Basin National Park, Nevada, September 12, 2018

After labor day, we headed to Picking in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival in Flagstaff Arizona.  On our way there,  when we were driving on HWY 50, I noticed Great Basin National Park on the map and decided to camp there for the night.  I never heard of the park before, but I love not very famous national parks since the famous ones are way too crowded for me.  We camped at Baker Creek Campground at an elevation of 7,530 feet, which felt quite high for us. (Our house is at 360 feet above sea level.)  The following day , we drove up to Wheeler Peak Campground at an elevation of 9,800 feet, where the hiking trails start.  We were debating between the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail and the Bristlecone Trail, but the park ranger we met there strongly suggested we do the Bristlecone Trail.  He said the park has the world’s oldest tree, so we followed his advice.  The information said “the trail continues beyond the bristlecone pine grove to the only glacier in Nevada, nestled beneath Wheeler Peak”, but the ranger said there is no longer a glacier there, so we turned around after seeing the bristlecones.

Wheeler Peak from the first view point.   

I was very excited to see some leaves changing colors!

  Aspen trees!

Bristlecone pine trees

Born 1800 BC, Died 1700 a AD

American Three-Toed Woodpecker

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Birds in Seaview House

Spotted Towhee (June 17) Pileated Woodpecker, May 25, 2018 Black-headed Grosbeak (Female), May 27, 2018

Red-winged Blackbird, June 21. 2018

Band-tailed Pigeon (9/28, 2018)–I will try to take a better picture.

 

Rufous Hummingbird

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Visitors to our new home.


(The view from our house.)

It has been more than a year since I last posted anything here.  I have been busy buying a house (again!), remodeling it (again!!!), selling the  house on Bainbridge Island and moving into a new new house in Seabeck, WA, a small town on the Hood Canal.  Bainbridge Island had a lot of nice things, but so much development was going on, and traffic was getting worse and worse.   We craved for some place where we could enjoy our retirement in peace and quiet.

Our new house is very quiet.  It is almost too quiet, but I am slowly getting used to it.  The houses are farther apart, and the drive ways are nice and long, so we don’t see our neighbors like we used to on Bainbridge island, but we do get quite a few visitors in our yard.

A family of Black-tailed deer. (Early June, 2018)  They were coming to our yard almost daily, but I don’t see them as much now.  I heard that they are at properties with apple trees now.

One of the fawns at the end of June, 2018.

A buck with the antlers coming out. (September, 2018)

Rabbits
Various rabbits came to our yard, but I was able to take picture of just one of them.
I will try to take more pictures so that I can ID them. (https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/rabbits.html)  Based on the distribution map, this one is likely to be an Eastern Cottontail rabbit, but I’m not sure.

Alligator Lizard   ( Based on the color, I think this one is Northern alligator lizard.) –Taken sometime in March 2018

 

 

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Heermann’s Gull & Glaucous-winged Gull @ Ocean Shores, WA, August 3rd, 2017

We went to Ocean Shores when the smoke from the wild fires in British Columbia rolled into Washington State.  The smoke was covering the sky at Ocean Shores as well, but the air quality seemed a lot better than where we live.  We camped at Quinault Marina & RV Park, and walked all the way to Damon Point.  There were many gulls swarming to cating herrings.  At the tip of the Damon Point, Bob spotted a large whale swimming back  and forward among the gulls.   To my regret,  I left my camera in the RV, and couldn’t take any pictures!  (The last time I was there in late fall, I carried my camera for the walk, but didn’t take any pictures, so I didn’t expect to see anything in particular.)

The following day, we went for the walk at the North Jetty beach.

The waves were not as rough this time.  Surf riders were not there, but there were a lot of Gulls and crab shells on the beach.

Heermann’s Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Crab exuvia?

I panicked when I saw this, so I googled, and found out that it is a natural process called molt.

Scientists call it crab exuvia.

“It can look like a major disaster occurred to the crab population, but it’s as natural as kids outgrowing their old shoes,” ODFW said.

http://www.beachconnection.net/news/crabshell111313_116.php

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Naches Peak Loop, August 18, 2017

On the way to Idaho for the eclipse, we camped near Rainier National Park, and hiked the Naches Peak Loop trail.  It was a nice and easy hike with wild flowers and a magnificent view of Mt. Rainier.  We did the loop clockwise,  following the advice from “DAY HIKING MOUNT RAINIER” by  Craig Romeo.  

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Wild Flowers@Hurricane Ridge, July 31, 2017

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