Thursday, August 7, 2008
Passage Canal for a Few Hours
Judy, Alex, Strider and I took the Klamath out into Prince William Sound Wednesday. We spent about four hours in parts of Shotgun Cove, unsuccessfully looking for salmon or bottom fish, hiking and snoozing in the sun on a neatly graveled beach. We also went as far as the north shore of Pigot Bay in Port Wells. It was the first time Judy had boated beyond Shotgun Cove since before the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
In Shotgun Cove, Judy and I hiked up through some of the muskeg meadows near the head of the bay. It was one of our favorite hiking places back when we lived in Whittier from 1976 through 1983.
Here's a swamp orchid, one of hundreds we found in a couple of the meadows.
When you walk through the meadows, they seem a lot more dry than they actually are. Extra Tuff rubber boots are a must!
I found a brilliant orange tiny mushroom on a northern facing slope in one of the larger meadows.
Our dog loves any kind of hike, from the easiest to most difficult.
He's part Lab, part Husky. The Husky part makes him afraid to swim. The Lab part makes him unafraid of the water. Go figure. He likes to stick his head under the water, look for just the right rock, grab it in his jaws, and bring it ashore.
He takes the rock out of the water, shakes himself off - usually right next to one or all of us - and places the rocks into what eventually looks like a ring of stones. I've speculated in the past that these rings could be called "Dog Henge."
Here's a snow arch, over a creek, at the base of Maynard Mountain, near where you wait in your car, to get back out of Whittier through the tunnel.