Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Home again (photo heavy post)

We're back from our mini-vacation, 5 days touring Washington's Olympic Peninsula by car. Amazing how we can anticipate our vacations for months, and then you set off on your journey and you're so stoked, then you have yourself a great time... and bada bing, it's over! Just. Like. That. And you come home to your: (choose all that apply)

-mountains of unfinished work.

-grody house.

-bratty kid.

-unpaid bills.

In my case, it's all of the above. However, I'm just not ready to think about any of it yet! Why don't I show you some pictures? What better way to savor good times and make them last longer? Here are a few highlights from our trip.
Our first morning in Port Angeles, I was eager to get out and explore, so we went to this very cool place for breakfast. (Shirley is my mother's name; I liked the sign.) They have a great collection of license plates from everywhere, and a model Amtrak train that runs all around the restaurant.
Black tailed deer were everywhere! We came upon several that evening at a house under construction; hanging out and playing Nintendo doing their thing.
Next day...we drove out onto this long arm of land that sticks out, creating the harbor on one side and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the other, it's called Ediz something or other. Here's the inveterate rock jock, Mr. Stitchjones.
And while watching the ships in the Strait, we were visited by...yes...several Sea Otters!! Cute little critters ain't they? There were at least a couple of them. I think they were curious about us as well.
Between Port Angeles and Sequim there's another strip of land called Dungeness Spit. It sticks out into the strait about 5 miles with a lighthouse at the end. I did the 1/2 mile hike from the trailhead down to the beginning of the spit.
On our way down to Ocean Shores we visited the Hoh Rainforest and hiked the Spruce Trail...hand to God, this is an elk cow! I'm no photographer, and my mini dachsies are the closest I ever get to wildlife. But there were two of them, just watching us. There were signs at the park warning visitors about incidences of elk charging at people; we stepped lightly, believe you me. Didn't want to piss em off.

A much better photo...interesting growth of rainforest fungi.

Aaaand finally...sunset at Ocean Shores.

I'll probably post again tomorrow, because I have a couple more non-vacation photos to show you...but for now, I'll just quote the punchline of that time-worn joke, "break's over--everybody back on your heads!"

Gorgeous pics!
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