Haven’t been hiking much being rather distracted by domestic crafting (sewing) bliss. Throw in all the sunny, warm days promoting yard and gardening work and hiking is taking a back burner to it all.
Managed to venture to a new place about 90 minutes away from home, Salt Creek Recreational Area, with a new friend named Carrie. Carrie works for the Jefferson Land Trust and has a wealth of plant knowledge. She taught me lots on this hike.
Striped Peak reaches 1,000′ above the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Logged a bit, fortunately some huge Douglas firs, hundreds of years old, were spared. Clallam County manages this park which includes a campground and former Army post site. Hit the tides right (which we did not) and some of the best local tidepools can be enjoyed. Friends have even spotted octopus there.
Washington Trails Association has a great write up on the hike. Most of the hike is easy with a short push to the top. The hike follows a thin ridge, the sea to the left and a drop to a creek on your right. Carrie kept her pup Dosi on a leash at the parts with a steep drop off to the water. This would not be a safe hike for small kids in danger of impulsively running off.
Moss blanketed over stumps. Stand still long enough and you’ll grow a layer.
I spent some time looking at nurse logs and the wee micro-environments they support. There are mini-forests living on these fallen trees. It’s fascinating to look down at this small a scale.
Here’s a wee cedar:
Moss drapes gracefully.
Check out this tree rooted to the top of a boulder.
A secluded cove side-trip beckoned. The tide not being in our favor we skipped it.
There are some huge trees enroute. Lacking scale, the ones below are easily 4-6 feet in diameter, not as large as old growth giants but still impressive and awe-inspiring.
Several fungi caught our eyes.
Have you strolled though the thick woods of the Pacific Northwest? It’s calming. Soothing.
Once up top, thick fog obscured what could have been views to the mountains on Vancouver island. Regardless, it was pretty neat being above the trees. We sat and had a snack.
Once back down we visited a sliver of the shoreline as the tide was too high to venture out. It’s a beautiful spot. I can’t wait to return on a clear day.
These raised marks must be from some sort of large, boring, ancient worm.
Mussels and barnacles:
A fine place to explore. Crescent beach lies down the coast a short bit. Wide and sandy, it’s on my must-see list soon.