Orcas and Eagles

One of the things I did while in Seattle earlier this summer was to go on a whale watching expedition . I was house sitting for 3 weeks in Edmonds, Washington.

I bought a Groupon (if you don’t know Groupon, you should ! Half price on all kinds of wonderful stuff ! ). So, the whale watch was out of Anacortes , Washington which is up near the San Juan islands. Beautiful area.

We went out about an hour and a half before we saw anything. The boat crew came around and talked to people , telling them about whales, the islands ,etc. Very informative crew.

Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest of the dolphins and one of the world’s most powerful predators. They feast on marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, and even whales, employing teeth that can be four inches long. They are known to grab seals right off the ice. They also eat fish, squid, and seabirds. we saw the small pod of Orca’s ! Beautiful !!! I had seen whales before along the California coast but never Orca’s . Wow, so majestic.

 

We where also blessed to see Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle.

Beautiful day and another great buy from Groupon.

Olympic National park. Washington

I have been to a few National parks this summer , in between house sits. I loved each and every one of them. Some crowded !! Some not so bad.

Going to start with a few photos of Olympic National park. My friend from Reno, Nv. came up and met me and we only had 5 days to camp as I was moving on to another house sit but I really loved Olympic. Very pristine coastline, beautiful raging waterfalls, old growth forest, views that go on forever. Over all it was pristine, beautiful and not so crowded.

 

These photos above are from Hurricane Ridge. Wow !! When you get there after driving up a very windy road you get these 360 views. I felt like bursting out ” The hills are alive with music “”, you know, the song from Sound of music . It is that beautiful. fullsizeoutput_14d

 

The next few photos are from 2 beach areas we went to. Ruby beach and 3rd beach. So pristine and not crowded.  Saw some bald eagles overhead. Beautiful day !! Slightly cool and windy but the clouds in the sky made it all the more spectacular.

 

 

The last group of photos are from Sol duc waterfalls and up to a lake above the falls. Nice 6 mile round trip hike to Deer lake. Lots of old growth forest.

 

Olympic National park may seem a bit out of the way to some but I would highly recommend it as a place to spend a week or 2 . Looks like there is a lot of nice back packing for those who want to get out on the trail.  Lots of nice trails for day hikers and beautiful, pristine coastline for beach lovers. We camped at Mora campground which was near the ocean . Very nice spot.

What is going on with this blog??

Hi anyone who may be reading !!! Ever since I got a new computer after spilling coffee all over the old one at the beginning of summer, I have had problems with it. Mac !! First off, I had thousands of photos stored on Carbonite (online back up ) and I also had a back up hard drive. Both of which failed me !!! Carbonite only restored my photos from back up to early 2016 and I had some AWESOME photos of Lake Tahoe since I house sat there for 4 months during of one of the biggest snowfall winters for years and years !!! . Then my hard drive back up failed and did not work at all when trying to retrieve photos from it.

So, when I post on the blog I like to add photos with my stories and I am having a hell of a time getting the photos I do have onto this blog. I don’t think it is a blog problem but a computer problem as my photos are for some reason in several places on my computer ! Ughhh…. I have been so frustrated.

So, I have been house sitting and traveling all summer. Been from Seattle to Cascades to Glacier National park, Flathead lakes, Mt. Ranier and am now at a 5 week house sit in Vancouver which will give me time to see the computer experts. Hopefully get this straightened out

Meanwhile , here are a few photos of some of my house sit jobs thru the summer. I have managed to get some photos on here. Its been a lovely summer. Altho , I did spend some time trying to stay out of the smoke. So many fires !!!

Shift the 4 month old main Coon. Huge for a kitten. Sweet, playful, crazy guy, Chicken lady who took a liking to me. She is in my lap here. Bigfoot !! and Shift again.

I am going to Apple Store tomorrow. Hopefully they will help me with the computer ! and I can post more about my whirlwind summer. I really want to share the photos with the stories.