The Kaleberg Journal - March 2017


03/17 - March Moonrise

We had a very pretty moonrise in Port Angeles recently.

The moon

Still rising

Another view

Keywords: science


03/12 - Elk and the Elwha

With Olympic Hot Springs Road closed, a lot of trails have been unreachable, so we've taken to walking the closed road from the closure at Madison Falls. The river is still beautiful, and the high country still beckons. We hope the park service manages to reopen the road at some point.

There was a herd of elk by the road on our way to Madison Falls. There were quite a few of them. As we move into spring, then summer, they'll be heading up to the high country. For now, we'll take advantage of the photo op.


An elk farm

Some elk

More elk

A horse watches the elk suspiciously

Even more elk

The mountains

Off the Elwha

The Elwha River

Another view of the Elwha

An artsy view of the Elwha

Lately, our favorite view of the Elwha

Keywords: elwha, spring, trails


03/01 - Snow in Seattle

We took a quick trip to Seattle. It was the day I-5 was blocked by an overturned propane truck. This made Seattle traffic challenging enough. There was also a lightning storm and a bit of snow. We gave up getting a ride and worked for our dinner on Capital Hill with a brisk climb in the snow.

The view from our ride

Another view

You'd hardly know that I-5 had been backed up for hours.

A bit more snow ...

... and even a bit more.

Keywords: seattle, winter


The Kaleberg Journal - February 2017


02/24 - Along the Elwha

We took advantage of the bright sunny day to take a walk along the Elwha River from the Madison Falls parking lot. The sun was brilliant, and the day was brisk. They've closed the road again thanks to fresh flood damage, so we walked what is now a familiar route. The river is as beautiful as ever.

As a bonus, there was a field of snowdrops not far from the parking lot, so we stopped and took some pictures of this early sign of spring.


The damaged road, in case you were wondering why it is closed again

The Elwha River

Another view with almost silvery trees

The mountains

Old maples, gnarled and mossy

Another view up the Elwha

Roiling waters

Misty mountains across the way

A view downstream

Snowdrops ...

... and more snowdrops

Keywords: elwha, spring


02/20 - Port Angeles Barbecue

We have had our eye on this barbecue place on First Street for a while now. We finally dropped in and ordered a rack of pork ribs, a bale of pulled pork and a passel of pulled turkey. The ribs were excellent, tender and richly flavored with a great rub that included some fresh coriander seeds among other spices. We'd go back for them alone. The pulled pork and pulled turkey were wonderful as well, with lots of meaty flavor.

Barbecue is a little place with just a few tables, but they do great things with smoke and meat in the back room. They have limited hours, so check their web site. They use Square, so they don't take cash. You'll need a credit card or a payment enabled phone. We're already looking forward to our next round of ribs there.


Keywords: restaurants, reviews


02/16 - Marymere Falls in February

It has been a wintry month, and we haven't been getting out as much as we'd like. If nothing else, the Spruce Railroad Trail and all of the Elwha Valley trails are closed for construction and the high country is covered with snow. We did get out to Marymere Falls. It was a short walk from the parking lot, less than an hour round trip, but it was a nice taste of northwestern forest for the season.

The falls

The misty mountain trail

Looking down at Barnes Creek

The trail with a new handrail (on the right)

Barnes Creek again

The side stream from the falls

Another view of Barnes Creek

Keywords: elwha, high country, marymere falls, spruce railroad, trails


The Kaleberg Journal - January 2017


01/25 - Elwha Update

The Elwha River is running at full spate. Between the rains and recent thaw, there is lots of water under the bridge. We took a short walk to check out the flow.

The Elwha River

Madison Falls

Another Elwha view

Yet another view

Driftwood

This grows on the trees around here.

A winter scene on the Elwha

Keywords: elwha


01/22 - Some Birds of the Season

Despite the cold winter, or perhaps because of it, we've been seeing a number of interesting birds as we make our usual rounds.

A hummingbird on a rose hip in our backyard

An eagle at the Dungeness Dike

Some Dungeness Dike scenery

Another eagle

We've been seeing a lot of these guys

The Dungeness River

Dungeness skies

Swans dropping by, interspersed with ducks

The swans just love this field

We haven't looked this guy up yet. Note the orange cheek patches.

Across the way, the Elwha River

Keywords: birds, winter


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