Deception Pass (December 31)

Deception Pass, on a sunny winter day, was crystal clear and brilliant! The Olympic Mountains floated in the distance, on a sea of fluffy clouds…

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And the shoreline was frosted where the sun hadn’t reached it yet.

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(Photo courtesy of Spencer)

While Joe and I took pictures of ice crystals on the beach…

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The kids entertained themselves by throwing rocks…

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Using the binoculars…

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And running up and down the fence to make it snow 🙂

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The path was beautiful, following along the cliffsides, with tranquil views of water and forest…

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(Photo courtesy of Spencer)

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At a small beach, Asher studied the rocks to see if there were any good specimens to chip out with his rock hammer…

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Genevieve was mainly interested in which ones were good for throwing (all of them!)…

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Our new friend, the Golden Crowned Kinglet was there…

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And always a Harbor Seal, keeping an eye on us!

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The highest point on the hike had a sweeping view, a great spot to watch the seagulls, cormorants, bald eagles and harbor seals. Very relaxing except for the 60 or 70 times I heard myself say “Step back from the edge please. Back from the edge please. There’s no running by the edge please. You’re too close to the edge please.”

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What?

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Near the end of the trail, we ran across this lovely sea duck. I thought he was a loon, but Asher called him correctly as a Common Merganser. That kid is already too smart for me!

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We finished up with a lovely meander through the forest back to the picnic lunch at our truck…The afternoon sunlight was turning golden again, lighting up the mosses…

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As well as a little swarm of some unknown flying insect…Aren’t they adorable?

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Just another Monday in the Pacific Northwest!

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