Our friends just got a new puppy and we couldn’t be happier for them! They have waited more than two years since their old dog passed away and now is the right time for them and this is the right puppy. Red Molly is a red pointing labrador from Morgan’s Point Ranch. Don brought her home last weekend and she came up to visit us on Sunday. She was just seven weeks old! So little and everything is new to her after leaving her siblings and friends from her first home.
Sky is very skeptical about the puppy and Luna just thought it was best to ignore her in hopes she’d go away! We keep telling Sky this is her comeuppance from all she did to Luna when she was a puppy. We have no doubt that Sky and Molly will be good friends in the years to come. For now, Sky just needs to learn patience with the little one. It won’t take long.
Luna is pretending not to notice Molly.
This is when Sky had to tell Molly ‘Enough is enough already.’
And then they both took a little time out.
Don’t you wish you could sleep like that?
Luna and Sky love water and they love the beach. We never did fully tire them out despite throwing sticks over and over and over again. Sky would still be at it if we could keep up with her. Luna took breaks to smell stuff.
According to wickipedia, Admiralty Inlet was considered so strategic to the defense of Puget Sound in the 1890s that three forts, Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island, and Fort Worden at Port Townsend, were built at the entrance with huge guns creating a “triangle of fire.” This military strategy was built on the theory that the three fortresses would thwart any invasion attempt by sea.
Apparently that strategy worked.
Fort Casey is now a state park offering camping, day use and a chance to explore the ruins of the old fort. I spent a couple of hours in dark, water-stained concrete catacombs, going up and down stairs and wondering if I’d find a way out of dark passageways in search of interesting abstract images.
I think the colors are surprisingly vivid and bright for such a stark concrete and metal structure.
Painted over graffiti
Lots of hooks
Looking up an elevator shaft
Last week Ken and I and the dogs got away from home for a few days. Whidbey Island was our destination. Whidbey is over 50 miles long and lies at the north end of Puget Sound, otherwise known as the Salish Sea. You get there by taking a ferry or by bridge across Deception Pass at the island’s north end. We took the bridge. It’s a good place for beach walking, exploring small towns and history and eating good food. We did all that and I got to take my kayak out in Penn Cove (where they grow the wonderful mussels) with Ken’s brother.
We camped at Fort Ebey State Park in a beautiful forested setting. It was a short walk to a bluff trail that provided wonderful views of the strait and good birding opportunities. It’s part of a large system of trails for walkers and mountain bikers. Fort Ebey is one of a series of forts that were constructed for coastal defense beginning in the 1900’s. Several of these installations were converted to state parks in the 1960’s.
The dogs had a great time on the beaches and the sunsets were marvelous. Driving across the pass we enjoyed the first dusting of snow in the North Cascades and a walk in the big cedar trees along the Skagit River at Newhalem.
Moss-covered limbs on the Trail of the Cedars at Newhalem
I was so pleased to see that Sky’s big stump didn’t burn in last summer’s fire at Newhalem
Bridge across the Skagit
Ringing the bell
Look both ways before crossing the highway Luna
A bird’s eye view of a seal from the Deception Pass bridge
The gulls and kelp make an interesting abstract as seen from the bluff at the state park
Beautiful views of the strait were a short walk from our campsite
A great kelp bed on the west side of Whidbey
A boy and his dog
This old boat could use a little work
This is where the mussels are grown
Getting the platforms ready for new mussels
Seals like the mussel platforms
Arriving in Coupeville for lunch. Mt Baker in the distance
Sunset on the bluff
Morning on the bluff
A dog and her stick
Limpet on driftwood
Fort Casey ruins
This is how they used to protect the inland waters
A freighter travels towards Seattle
Fort Casey lighthouse
Ebey’s Landing beach
Mt Rainier and a ferry.
Birds use the kelp bed as a platform to hunt for food.
What’s that NOISY intruder?
This noisy parachute with a lawnmower engine was quite the disturbance. All the birds flew.
Luckily, he didn’t stay too long.
Last weekend Marcy and I hiked to Windy Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s a pleasant hike – never steep – with outstanding views all along the way. In addition to the fantastic views of the North Cascades a hiker gets to see evidence from the mining adventures dating back to the 1890’s. Given the rough and narrow road that we have to drive nowadays to get to the trailhead, it is amazing to imagine miners traveling to these distant mountains on foot or horseback and hauling immense loads of equipment too. One spot in the road is called Deadhorse Point and scares the beejebers out of some folks in cars.
Guthrie, Marcy’s dog blew out his knee last year and is just a year out from surgery and injuring his other knee. It’s good to see him running and grinning with the other dogs. Even with three dogs we got to see a little bit of wildlife including lots of ground squirrels and a few grouse.
As we finished our lunch and got ready to head back, we heard a familiar voice and saw a friend from the Okanogan. He had scaled nearby Tamarack Peak and joined us for the hike back to the parking area.
The weather was cool and sunny – perfect for a late summer hike on the PCT.
Slate Peak can be seen from the beginning of the trail
I have forgotten the name of this mountain
The yurt is used in the winter for helicopter skiers
He’s a handsome fella!
We have such a long wildflower season
The way back
Ground squirrel with nesting material
Dusky or Sooty Grouse?