Nature: April 2005 Archives

Oyster Dome

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Anyone still here?

The weather has been gorgeous, so Saturday I cruised north on I-5 to Chuckanut Drive. By no coincidence, it is here that you can find Chuckanut Mountain. And I love saying Chuckanut.

Oyster Dome was the target (photo taken on my last trip there a year ago):


This time around, I wasn't content just looking up at Oyster Dome. I had to cruise up to the top which is hyped to have some nice views of the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and onwards to Canada.

I get up there to find a group of a dozen just perched at the best view point slowly eating their trail mix and patting themselves on the back for making it up. All told it was only about 7 miles round-trip, but with a nice 2,000+ foot vertical elevation gain. I was up and back a shade under 3-hours and pretty winded. A couple Dean Karnazes wannabes who blew past me probably did it in half that.

Highly recommended and easily you can hit up Taylor Shellfish Farms on the way home for fresh oysters. Also recommended is the Rhododendron Cafe--surprisingly creative food in this rural locale.


Otter Falls

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Just 34-miles east of Seattle, you can stumble upon this 1600' waterfall. Water slides down this massive sheet of granite into an equally ill-named Otter Lake--no otters in sight. It's an easy hike of ~10 miles that even a 5-month puppy can knock out. A few more pictures posted in the gallery. I sadly didn't have the camera ready when I saw my first bobcat. Not knowing anything about these boys I didn't chase it into the brush for a close-up. Exciting nonetheless.