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03/31 - Late Currants

The currant blossoms are late this year, but better late than never.

Currants in bloom on the trail west of Morse Creek

Keywords: morse creek, flowers

03/22 - Farmers' Market Update

These are thin times at the Port Angeles Farmers' Market, so we've been buying what we can. Nash Huber, for example, had some spinach, so we assumed that the spinach season was starting. We were wrong. The young man at the stand filled us in. That was likely it for spinach for a while. Still, Nash Huber did have all sorts of raab, that is flowering young cabbages, arugulas and kales. They are sweet and delicious, and they are only available this time of year.

Spring Rain had their chickens, but they also have their greenhouse. That means salad greens, baby kale and all sorts of exotic things, mainly green vegetables. We have our hopes.

New at the market was Eric Pozgay, the Pasta Guy. He was selling freshly made pasta. Fresh pasta may be a hallmark of gentrification, but Port Angeles is a few miles down the road, so it was nice to see it on sale.

Dungeness Seaworks had some fine whole fish, good looking salmon, but we had to pass this week.

Keywords: dungeness, farmers' market, nash huber, port angeles, salmon, spring, kale, spring rain

03/20 - Dungeness Spit Report

We have been having some great low tides, but the spit is rough going. There's lots of beach, but there are a lot of rocks as well. Hiking the Dungeness Spit is hard going in the best of conditions. There is nothing like wet sand to take the spring out of one's step, except perhaps for dry sand. Then there are the rocks, the pebbles and the stones, all of which make it hard to set a proper pace. Still, it is lovely out on the spit, so we'll keep coming back. If we're lucky, some more sand will come back as the season progresses, and we'll have better footing.

Keywords: dungeness spit, tides

03/18 - It's that time of year.

It's still too cold and awfully rainy, but spring is upon us. We humans may lack the sensitivity needed to recognize the incoming season, but the salamanders have it. This little guy, sighted on the Spruce Railroad Trail, was out enjoying our wet spring weather.

Keywords: salamander, spring, spruce railroad, weather

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