The Kaleberg Journal - April 2020

04/24 - Where Have We Been?

We've been holing up and avoiding the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of Olympic National Park is closed as are the state parks. We do get outdoors a bit, and our online shopping habit has taken off. On one of our excursions we spotted a familiar figure. He or she - it's hard to tell - was sensibly wearing a mask and carrying a spray container of disinfectant.

Is that who we think it is?

Keywords: port angeles

The Kaleberg Journal - March 2020

03/12 - Morse Creek West

When we are feeling lazy, we'll often take a walk along the Olympic Discovery Trail starting at the Morse Creek parking off route 101. It's a gentle popular trail, but it's nice and wide, so there is plenty of room for social distancing. It had been closed for a while after it was damaged by the wind and rain. We could see some of the damage at the east end of the dike, and the dike itself is in rough shape. One can follow the trail into Port Angeles and continue west, but our "just enough" walk is usually about a half an hour out and another half an hour back.

The pale area is where they had to rebuild the dike.

Trees along the trail

Along the dike

Looking east

Rough water

More along the trail

More salt water

Heading back

Little blue flowers, a sign of spring

Keywords: flowers, morse creek, port angeles, spring

Keywords: flowers, morse creek, port angeles, spring

03/08 - Last Winter Hiking on the Lake Angeles Trail

We hiked the Lake Angeles Trail a few times this winter. By late February, there was only a little snow on the lower reaches of the trail. That's as far as we went, though others we met on the trail had made it all the way up to the lake. It's one of the easier trails to get to from town, but with all the rain and cold weather, we haven't been getting up there lately.

The footbridge about 700' above the trailhead

Running water

Snowy scene

The boardwalk

Despite the snow, there was lots of green.

The trail with a light dusting

More of the trail

The footbridge again

Wood and snow

Another trail scene

There was snow, but the lower trail was easy going.

Light snow and a fallen tree

Very little snow on the lower part of the trail


The frozen curtain of drips

More frozen drips

Almost vernal

No snow at all down here

Lower part of the trail

Keywords: lake angeles, trails, weather, winter

Keywords: lake angeles, trails, weather, winter

03/04 - Spruce Railroad Trail Before Closing

The Spruce Railroad Trail is closing early this March and not likely not to reopen until October or November. They are finishing the widening and paving. It still has beautiful views of the lake, even if it is now more of a transportation corridor than a hiking trail. We decided to get in one last walk before the final transformation, and have to admit, it is still worth walking.

A little waterfall

The bridge at the Devil's Punchbowl

Calm water

At the end of our walk

The trail

A local eagle

A bit more of the trail

Keywords: spruce railroad

Keywords: spruce railroad

The Kaleberg Journal - February 2020

02/19 - Seattle Winter

We took a short trip into Seattle for the SIFF Noir City Film Festival. We took our usual trip up to Ballard Locks where the water was running at full force. The fish ladder was closed for repairs as was one of the locks, but the winter and early spring flowers were already in bloom. As a bonus, there was a tree full of nesting herons. We've never seen them there before, but this time there were at least six and possibly more.

Seattle in the evening

Daphnes in bloom

Early crocuses

Water at full flow

A more distant view

Herons in the tree

More herons and their nests

Herons and nests from a distance

Frothing water

An empty lock

The view downstream

Edgeworthia chrysantha with a wonderful scent


Evening in Seattle

Another evening view

Post Alley at night

Pike Place Market at night

Another market view

Seattle streets

Keywords: flowers, seattle, spring, winter

Keywords: flowers, seattle, spring, winter

02/16 - Late Winter on the Lake Angeles Trail

We took a short walk up the Lake Angeles Trail, as far as the little bridge about 730' above the trailhead. The parking lot is smaller than it used to be, but very few people were out on the trail that day. The trailhead is about 1900' above sea level, and the trail was snow free until we neared the little bridge where there was an icy dusting. The stream under the bridge was flowing briskly. There was a coating of ice and snow on the bridge itself, so we didn't cross. We were pleased to have climbed as far as we had.

The little bridge on the Lake Angeles Trail

The creek

Rushing waters

Snow on a log

The scene at the bridge

More snow

Another log

The walkway

Just a bit of white

The trail

Dark wood

Keywords: lake angeles

Keywords: lake angeles

02/14 - Dungeness Spit, Now With Sand

We went back to Dungeness Spit again, and this time there was lots of beach. It was easy walking. Of course, this time the tides were with us with a tide under two feet at around two o'clock. There will be good hiking tides at the Dungeness Spit every two weeks or so, so consider the days around February 29th or March 11th if you want to get out to the lighthouse or just have a good walk out into the strait.

A nice broad beach

Farther out, still lots of easy going sand

A common sight on the spit

Signs of spring

The Dungeness Spit

Keywords: dungeness spit, tides

Keywords: dungeness spit, tides

02/10 - Little River Trail

The Little River Trail starts in DNR land near the junction of Black Diamond and Little River Roads. The trailhead is at about 1000' above sea level, so it is well below the snow line. That made for easy but muddy walking. We descended and crossed the Little River and passed through the DNR land with its second growth forest. Then, we entered the park and descended again to the river and old growth. We made it across the two wood bridges over the river to get around a landslide, but we didn't head much farther. It was cold, and we were getting muddy, wet and tired.

The river itself was in full flow with white water rushing along, over logs and rocks and around all obstacles. Meanwhile, the cliffs were dripping wet and covered with green. Every side stream and little waterfall feeding the river was running flat out. This is what temperate rain forest should be, at least during the rainy season.

The Little River

One of the little foot bridges

The trail

Climbing trail

Forest mist and light

A waterfall across the way

A waterfall closeup

More of the trail

A dripping rock wall

More drips

A bit of the river

Water over a log

More rushing water

The river in context

One of the longer foot bridges

A natural foot bridge for someone much less clumsy

More river and logs

Logs and river, a variation on the theme

More wild water

Keywords: little river, waterfall

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