The Kaleberg Journal - March 2018

03/14 - Dungeness Spit at Low Tide

Every two weeks or so, there are some great tides at the Dungeness Spit. We recommend planning any long walks on the spit when the low tide gets down to three feet, but lately, the daytime low tide has been getting down below one foot. That means lots of broad beach, and there is lots of sand for easy walking. The light house is only five miles out. What are you waiting for?

For our Dungeness Spit tide tables . Good, low, daylight tides are marked in green.

Wide, sandy beach

An eagle on the driftwood

The orange cap marks "my spot"

Good, easy walking

A view from above

Keywords: dungeness spit, eagle, tides

03/02 - A Bobcat and the Elwha

We often head out to check up on the Elwha River. We park at Madison Falls and walk along the closed road, across the temporary bridge to where the most recent branch of the river cuts across the road. It's a short walk, but it offers some nice views of the river. Sometimes we see a bobcat. The bobcat lives not far from Madison Falls, and we usually see him or her in the broad field just south of the road closure. The bobcat was there on our last visit, and we managed to take a picture or two.

The bobcat is there.

Here's a closer view.

A better view

Zoomed in

Zoomed in again - like a house cat, but bigger

A bridge across one of the Elwha's new branches - not suitable for cars or clumsy people

The river

Misty mountains this long winter

Another view of the river

Keywords: elwha, winter

The Kaleberg Journal - February 2018

02/26 - Winter Garden at the Seattle Arboretum

We've been having a bit of winter weather. Even in Seattle, there was snow on the ground, and the temperature seemed to be stuck on much too cold. So, we dropped by the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden in the Arboretum. Here, there was snow on the ground, but there were also flowers in bloom. There were all sorts of witch hazel, some scentless, some spicy, some sweet, and there were hellebores and a few hardy cherry blossoms. We're sure that spring is out lurking somewhere, but until winter ends, we'll make the best of it.

Cherry blossoms

A rhododendron

A snowy scene

WItch hazel

Another witch hazel

Brightly colored grasses

Cyclamen in the snow


At least the pond wasn't frozen.

Keywords: flowers, seattle, spring, weather, winter

02/10 - Along Lake Crescent

With so many trails closed this time of year, we often get back to the Spruce Railroad Trail. It's more of a country road now, but it still has its charms. One in particular is the special, bonus surprise waterfall about an hour's walk west, just before the second railroad tunnel. With all the winter rain, it was running. To be honest, it was trickling, but it was still a pleasant surprise.

We stopped a bit shy of our usual goal. There had been a rock fall, and while the trail was passable, we didn't want to bother with the bad footing. This is a great time to get out to Lake Crescent, even when the skies are gray.

The special, bonus surprise waterfall

More of a trickle actually

Fallen rocks on the trail

The trail

A fallen log leads into the lake

More of the trail

Even more, with mossy rocks

The lake again - Barnes Valley

The footbridge

More of a country road

Another little waterfall

Keywords: lake crescent, spruce railroad, surprise waterfall, trails, waterfall, winter

The Kaleberg Journal - January 2018

01/30 - Newark Airport to Seattle

We had an early flight out of Newark. The airport is in an industrial and shipping area and looked surreal in the early morning light.

Terminal B at Newark

Airplane and arch bridge

Cargo cranes

The Manhattan skyline

More cargo cranes

Take off

Early light

Just fifteen minutes later, the light had changed.

Then we were flying home over the snow covered Rocky Mountains.

Keywords: new york city

01/29 - New York City - 8

We went to two museums on our last day in the city. At the Museum of Art and Design, we saw a rather touching exhibit Unpacking the Green Book. The Green Book was a guide for African-American motorists first published in 1936. It listed hotels, restaurants and other facilities for motorists and travelers who were not allowed to use the hotels, restaurants or other facilities available. There was a whole parallel world of places where one could explore and still be safe and welcome. The last issue of the guide was published in 1967 after the Civil Rights Act was passed.

There was also a more light hearted exhibit mixing electronic art and sound, Sonic Arcade. Then, we went on to the American Museum of Natural History for some comforting time with the dinosaurs and marine mammals.

A sight and sound jukebox

Another jukebox that looks like a pastry tray

The Sonic Arcade, like living in an old fashioned video game

Marine mammals

One of the dinosaurs

The Green Book

One of the collages in Unpacking the Green Book, a safe place

Keywords: new york city

01/28 - New York City - 7

We took a long ride through Times Square and then out to Brooklyn for dinner at Peter Luger in Williamsburg. There were policemen in full SWAT gear armed with automatic rifles across the street from Peter Luger, but they reassured us that there was nothing to worry about. Peter Luger has a reputation as an old fashioned steak house, and that reputation is completely deserved. The menu was simple, steak, fries and a few other things. We didn't notice a vegetarian special. We ordered a gigantic serving of aged porterhouse steak. It was wonderful. We ate every bit, and we gnawed the bones.

Approaching Times Square

The great white way, except with colors now

Closer to 42nd Street

More intense

Approaching the heart

Is that Pandora the music service? Why do they even have a store?

More lights and signs

Past Times Square for a glimpse of the Empire State Building in a patriotic mood

Over the Williamsburg Bridge

Across from Peter Luger

What we ordered

Keywords: new york city

01/27 - New York City - 6

During the day, we took a walk through Central Park, and, in the evening, we walked through Times Square.

Central Park

Alice in Wonderland

Hans Christian Anderson and the Ugly Duckling

Balto, the dog who saved Nome

A catamount

Times Square at night

More Times Square

Keywords: new york city

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