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Whitney Gardens and Nursery Part 1

Whitney Gardens and Nursery

*Picture heavy post!

Hubby has a special internet friend who lives on the West Coast. Since we were vacationing there, Hubby and his Buddy arranged to meet in person.

Hubby’s friend belongs to a watercolor club, and they love plein air painting. So when it was suggested to meet at Whitney Gardens and Nursery, I was happy to ride along!

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know that I love to photograph colorful blooms!

Whitney Gardens and Nursery

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Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery
Whitney Gardens and Nursery

Whitney Gardens specializes in rhododendrons, and I need to come back in the spring when hundreds of varieties are in bloom! If I lived nearby, I would be spending an enormous amount of time here (and maybe my budget, too)!

Whitney Gardens and Nursery

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Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve

Early one morning, while on vacation and on our way to somewhere else, our daughter-in-law, Hubby and myself, spotted a turnout on the side of the highway. We decided to check it out, so we parked the car and took a look.

Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve

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Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve

There were no signs and no one else was there.

Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve

So very peaceful…a really lovely spot!

Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve

We didn’t know it at the time, but we happened upon the Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve. While editing photos, I learned about this wonderful spot from reading here and here.

Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve

Turns out that this area is quite fabulous! Here is a bit of what I read about it:

The mudflats protected at Kennedy Creek NAP provide critical feeding areas for more than 140 species of birds including large concentrations of shorebirds and predatory species like peregrine falcons and red-tailed hawks. In a single day, 10,000 migratory shorebirds have been counted in the estuary. Each winter, an estimated 2,000 to 5,000 dunlin spend the cold months at Kennedy Creek. This is the largest concentration in central and southern Puget Sound. The site also supports one of the largest concentrations of wintering and migrating black-bellied plovers in the region.

 Kennedy Creek provides habitat for coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead, and Coho salmon. The site is known for its robust run of fall chum. Between October and December, on average 21,000 chum return to spawn in 2.5 miles of freshwater at Kennedy Creek. After spawning, the salmon carcasses provide important marine derived nutrients to the riparian and estuarine ecosystem, sustaining the health of the flora and fauna. The nutrients from the thousands of carcasses supplement the diets of newly emerged chum fry along with more than 60 different species of wildlife, including the northern river otter, red-tailed hawk and bobcat. Invertebrates living in the intertidal muck consume the carcasses that wash down the creek, after which they are, in turn, consumed by shorebirds. 

Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve

Now I want to go back…maybe more than once…and definitely see this spot in the winter! There is much more to explore!

Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve

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Elwha Beach and Marlyn Nelson County Park

Feeling stressed? There’s a beach for that.” – Unknown

Elwha Beach

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Elwha Beach

“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.” – Unknown

Elwha Beach Rubber Boa

“Time wasted at the beach is time well spent.” – Unknown

Elwha Beach Rubber Boa

“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.” – Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

Elwha Beach

“Advice from the Ocean: Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell. Take time to coast. Avoid pier pressure. Sea life’s beauty. Don’t get so tide down on work that you miss out on life’s beautiful waves.” – Unknown

Elwha Beach

“Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” – Christy Ann Martine

Elwha Beach

“Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.” – The Beach Boys

Elwha Beach

Elwha Beach

Marlyn Nelson County Park at Port Williams

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. “ – Sandy Gingras

Marlyn Nelson County Park at Port Williams

“Sky above, sand below, peace within. “If there’s heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” – Jimmy Buffett

Marlyn Nelson County Park at Port Williams

Marlyn Nelson County Park at Port Williams

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Hurricane Ridge

One of our favorite places to visit when we are on the west coast is Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. It offers hiking trails and a great overlook of the mountain range.

We headed up to the ridge early in the morning. Perhaps we should have checked the weather report first.

They don’t call it Hurricane Ridge for nothing!

The view from the car window when we pulled into the parking lot.

Hurricane Ridge

And here is what it looked like after I managed to get out of the car in gale force wind.

Hurricane Ridge

We were patient. We chose not to take any hiking trails, but we were rewarded with some breaks in the weather.

Hurricane Ridge

I am hoping that the following photo gives you a little sense of the wind.

Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge

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Hurricane Ridge

The range and a zoomed in view!

Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge Deer
Hurricane Ridge
A fun and short video Hubby made of our little experience on Hurricane Ridge.

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Sequim Railroad Bridge and Dungeness Recreation Area

If you happen to be spending a day, or two, in Sequim, Washington state, then you might want to take a stroll over the Dungeness River at Railroad Bridge Park. That is just what Hubby and I did while on vacation. The Milwaukee Road built and operated a rail line from 1915 to 1980, transporting passengers and timber from Port Townsend to Port Angeles. The line was abandoned in 1985.

Sequim Railroad Bridge Park

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Sequim Railroad Bridge Park

The surrounding property was purchased by the Washington State Audubon Society, which then created the Dungeness River Center and park. The bike path through the park and over the bridge is connected to the Olympic Discovery Trail, and spans 135 miles.

The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the last timber Howe through-truss railroad bridges still remaining in Washington.

Sequim Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim Railroad Bridge Park

There were salmon spawning in the river when we walked across the bridge.

Sequim Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim Railroad Bridge Park

Dungeness Recreation Area

The first time that Hubby and I camped in the Dungeness Recreation Area, our children were small. We have been back several times, including hiking Dungeness Spit out to the lighthouse and back.

Dungeness Recreation Area
Dungeness Recreation Area
Dungeness Recreation Area

Since we spent the day elsewhere, Hubby and I chose to take an evening stroll along the bluffs.

Dungeness Recreation Area
Dungeness Recreation Area

It was a beautiful ending to a beautiful day!

Dungeness Recreation Area

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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