A Favorite Campsite

Before we left Port Angeles this morning, we went up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park to try to get some good views/pictures of the Strait and Canada. The weather was not cooperative and the pictures weren’t good but we saw lots of deer. I like the following picture because it shows “whiskers” on the chin.

Notice the “under chin” whiskers on this beautiful deer. Black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus).
A young buck black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) in Olympic National Park.

We arrived in Port Townsend for a favorite campsite. We reserved this campsite a year ago and scheduled the rest of our adventure it. The campground was closed until about a week ago, so it was iffy as to whether we would be able to stay here. Following is a video panning Regis and Dart at the campsite and the view we have. You’ll understand why we love it. The land across the water is Whidbey Island and you will see the ferry that goes between Whidbey Island and Port Townsend.

I suspect that we won’t be doing much for the next 10 days except enjoying this amazing view and walking through the town. For someone who likes to be out in the wild, I am a little surprised that I love this place so much. There is lots of wildlife at our doorstep and we are in town and close to food, etc. With Covid-19, things will be different. Some of the restaurants are open for outdoor seating and take-out, so we got take-out for lunch. It was nice to have something besides tuna fish or chicken salad for lunch.

Dart has voted to stay here forever. He loves this weather and its hard to get him back in the RV. He likes to lie outside in the shade and watch the happenings while Regis and I sit in the sun and watch the happenings.

Following are just a couple pictures of the wildlife we saw today.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) at Point Hudson in Port Townsend.
Harlequin duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) on the Admiralty Inlet.
I believe this is a glaucous-winged gull chick. Parent below. It is on the roof of a building.
I believe this is a glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens), the parent of the chick above.
Two river otters (Lutra canadensis). One of them has a fish.

As I was writing this post, I heard the gulls making a racket. I looked out and saw that all the gulls had vacated the spit out in the water and there was a lone bald eagle standing there.

2 Comments on “A Favorite Campsite

  1. I have to look them up. I find it interesting. The birds are pretty easy but the other wildlife takes a little more work. I didn’t realize the deer were a subspecies unique to the area. I would have just called them a mule deer so it was interesting to find out.


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