|Walking down the trail at Miller Peninsula State Park.|
Last week there was just a genial exchange between the Canadians and US walkers, and I walked almost eight miles. Today it felt longer, but it was really shorter; less than six miles overall.
|Fungi amongi... not the latin name.|
While there are several trails, the best (and shortest) one down to the water of Puget Sound takes about an hour down and back. Well, maybe for fast walkers it is less time, but we weren't rushing and for less nimble feet the trail shrinks for the last half-mile to a single file dirt path with roots, stumps, holes and rocks so it's sensible to pay attention and not get tangled up.
Still, the reward of seeing Protection Island from one of the closest locations from land was worth it.
We were lucky to have a 70-plus degree day with a light breeze instead of the one that preceded it yesterday (June 29) which was topping the 80 degree mark. The sun was shining hotly by noon, so this is good hike to make in the early part of the day. Even though the path has shady spots along it, the sun can be felt enough that sunscreen is also useful.
|I like it when the trail bosses leave these trees where they fell.|
|This is the blue sea and sky at the end. It is|
hard to differentiate which is which.
|This is a better view of the Puget Sound as we arrived.|
Once down at the water it is easy to see eagles fishing and flying up into the wind vortices, and possibly puffins from Protection Island could be seen with some good binoculars. It was reported by a local TV station that humpback whales were seen near Discovery Bay this weekend, but I didn't see anything that dramatic in the water.
|Protection Island sits almost at the mouth of Discovery Bay. This view is|
one of the best to be had from land. A longer telescopic lens might help.
|A rugged rocky shore looking sort of southeast, I think, toward Discovery Bay.|
|This eagle flew right toward me from the water and then|
landed on a branch only a few feet away... I was thrilled!
* I make no claims to the efficacy of a copper penny on a bee sting, but the hiker who was stung was using it for her relief.