Blinded by the Light


I believe this is an immature glaucous-winged gull with a clam. We watched the gulls at low tide getting clams and dropping them from the air to break them so they could eat them.

We woke up this morning and the sun was shining brightly in the sky.  I was blinded by the light.  We had to move to a campground a few miles away, so there was a little bit of jockeying necessary.  We had to vacate one campground by 1:00 and the check-in for the other campground was at 2:00.  I tried to reach the second campground to see if we could check in early.  They didn’t respond by the time we needed to leave, so we decided to drive to the laundromat and hope that Regis could find a place to park the RV while I did the wash.  As soon as Regis tucked into a spot, the campground called and said we could check-in anytime.  Regis was comfortable, so I went in to do the laundry.

The laundromat was packed.  I had to wait a bit to get access to enough washing machines to do all our stuff.  The dryers I had access to didn’t work properly and I wound up having to move to other dryers.  Of course, I lost money in the machines but there was nothing to do about it.  I wound up bringing some laundry back not completely dry and we spread it throughout the RV.  It turns out our campground has laundry facilities and I could have done the wash here.

After we set up camp, we took off to Mt. Walker which might be about 50 miles from our campsite.  The skies were about as cloudless as you get in Washington and we wanted to get a view.  It’s one of the few places on the Olympic Peninsula where you can drive to the top and get views of the surrounding area.  We got stunning views.  I took a panoramic shot which I include here.  It is made up of 12 images.

A panoramic view toward Seattle from Mt. Walker. Seattle is on the left and Mt. Rainier is right of center. There are clouds in the distance, so it can be hard to recognize Mt. Rainier in the clouds but it is the one shaped like a volcano.

While we were visiting the outlook for a northern view, a family of Canada Jays showed up.  They were interested in a couple hikers that had stopped at the overlook and were willing to land on an outstretched hand for a bite to eat.  The babies hung around to be fed.

Canada jay (Perisoreus canadensis) also known as gray jay and whiskey jack.
Baby Canada jay.
Canada jay getting food from a hiker’s hand. The babies are waiting nearby.

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