After a couple failed attempts, we decided it was time to once again try to hike out to the New Dungeness Lighthouse.

Black Oystercatcher

This time we learned from past mistakes. We drove out Friday night and camped, so as to get an earlier start, and we went in June, when the sun sets later, to give ourselves more time. Our previous trips had all been in the winter, and the days were never long enough to make the walk all the way out and back before sunset.

We also convinced our friends Arminda and Sarah to join us, and Arminda's friend Christina came along as well.

After a hearty pancake breakfast, we headed out. Heather and I quickly fell behind the others as they hiked toward the lighthouse, and we dallied, taking pictures of birds and collecting mysterious gelatinous objects, which turned out to be strange parts of jellyfish .

Harlequin Ducks You can never have enough Seagull pictures!
Caspian Tern
Kildeer Harbor Seals
Jim, Heather, Christina, Arminda, Sarah Juvenile Bald Eagle
We did eventually make it out to the lighthouse, and we even made it in time to get a tour. It is amazing how dim the lamp looks from close up, and yet you can see it thirteen miles away. Physics is strange.
Juvenile Bald Eagle
Semipalmated Plover
A whole lot of Terns
Caspian Tern
Common Loon Common Loons
Honeysuckle
More Seagulls!
On the way home, we decided to take the ferry over to Whidbey Island, rather than just heading straight home. There, we stumbled across Fort Casey State Park, which has an old nonfunctional lighthouse, in addition to the aforementioned fort. We also found more wildflowers, and a little wildlife.
Mule Deer
We then stopped by Deception Pass for a quiet picnic supper on the beach, watching the seals play in the current.

As always, thanks for looking.

Jim

Posted

06/17/2009

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