Bloedel Reserve

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Bloedel Reserve

July 23, 2018

Yesterday, I went to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island while Regis kept the dogs company.  The reserve is a path through woodlands and gardens.  It was a very sunny day, so it wasn’t a good day for pictures.  The walk was beautiful and peaceful.  There wasn’t much in bloom at this time of year, but it was still a lovely walk.

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Path through the woods at Bloedel Reserve
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Flora at Bloedel Reserve
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Flora at Bloedel Reserve
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Flora at Bloedel Reserve
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Flora at Bloedel Reserve
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Flora at Bloedel Reserve
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Bloedel Reserve

We met some folks yesterday staying at our campground that came together for a reunion and to have a memorial service.  Many moons ago, six families came from Montana to Bainbridge Island to make their home.  One lady used to haul water 5 miles when she lived in Montana and was ecstatic that her new home on the Island came with a hand pump in the yard.

The families lived on the Island and eventually separated and moved on.  At least one family left around the time of the war out of concern that the Island was too close to Seattle and naval facilities and therefore, not safe.  Now, the families get together every year on the Island for a reunion.  There were at least 75 people gathered this year.  This park is a great place for a reunion.

 

 

Orcas

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Orca mom and baby (T65A’s) in Puget Sound.

June 20

I went on a whale watch tour with the Puget Sound Express.  The tour leaves from the same marina/campground where we are staying, so it was convenient to walk over.  On the way, we spied this little river otter hanging around the boats.

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River otter in Point Hudson marina.

Christopher, the captain heard about some whales by Seattle, so we headed south on Puget Sound.  The whales were located right off the campground on Bainbridge Island where we stayed recently.  We saw the group T65A’s.   It was a family group and there was a baby whale.   Sarah (Puget Sound Express) gave us lots of information about the whales and lots of other things.  She told us this was the only known baby whale in the area.  I got lucky!!  Christopher and Sarah were knowledgeable and delightful.  It was a great trip, so I hope to do it again before we leave.

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Orca (T65’s) in Puget Sound.
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Orca (T65’s) in Puget Sound.
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Orca mom and her baby (T65’s) in Puget Sound.
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Orcas (T65A’s) in Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the background.
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Orca’s (T65A’s) with Seattle in the background.

There are a lot of deer in the area and you meet up with them any time of day or night. Yesterday, there were a mom and two fawns at the entrance to the marina.  We saw the buck below when we drove around the area the other day.

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Deer in Port Townsend.

And, as I keep saying, I love the flowers.

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Flower in Port Townsend.
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Flower in Port Townsend.

Three years ago I took a whale watch tour with Puget Sound Express and saw orcas.  I wrote a blog post here.

Otter

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Otter in Puget Sound.

We’ve spent the last several days on Bainbridge Island which is a ferry ride to Seattle.  We only got to Seattle once, but we’ll be back later.  The campground is on the water, so we got to see the amazing cloud formations as the weather changes.  We experienced sunshine, overcast, rain, and hail during our stay.

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View from Bainbridge Island.

This morning was the coolest because we saw an otter in the water.  It stayed around for awhile and was very interesting to watch.  It seemed to be curious about the people watching it.  Neither Regis or I got a good picture, but we’ll share what we have.

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Otter in Puget Sound
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Otter in Puget Sound
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Otter in Puget Sound

We are now in Port Angeles for a couple days before we head to Port Townsend for a couple weeks.  My son and his friend and Coco will join us in Port Townsend while we watch the kick off to the Race 2 Alaska.  It’s a very cool race.