June 28, 2018 Port Townsend, Washington

Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins

Fawns, Flowers, and Whale Watching

Lounging Blacktail Bucks
Lounging Blacktail Bucks

Port Townsend has a large intown resident deer population, and some would say, a large intown deer problem. Click here and here for local news articles on these urban deer.

Blacktail Buck
Blacktail Buck

It is difficult to drive anywhere in the residential part of town without encountering these beautiful animals.

Backyard Grazing
Backyard Grazing

As a person that formerly maintained a large collection of perennials in gardens around my home and business, I can’t imagine what the folks here in Port Townsend have to put up with in trying to maintain their gorgeous landscaping.

Blacktail Mom and Twins
Blacktail Mom and Twins
Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins

As a tourist here, I enjoy being able to see and photograph these youngsters, there really are few animals as cute as these guys.

Blacktail Fawn
Blacktail Fawn
Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins

To the many serious gardeners here in Port Townsend, I am sure it’s a different story.

Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins

These youngsters obviously can’t read that they are not supposed to be here.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers

And here is the reason the inner city is so popular with all these deer, just an unlimited buffet of delectable gourmet deer food.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers

Many gardeners in town have erected deer fencing in an effort to keep the deer out. Local ordinances limit the height of any fences to six feet, not an unsurmountable height for for some of these deer.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers

A drive around town reveals some very impressive landscaping. I envy the ability to grow such a wide diversity of plants in this environment. The difference in available plant selection in Zone 4 where I gardened and here in Zone 8 is huge. Don’t envy them the challenge of growing some of these flowers amongst the deer herds though.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers

Some wonderful dogwoods in bloom right now.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Tree Bark
Tree Bark

Even the bark of some of the trees is photo worthy.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Whale Watching Trip on the Redhead

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

A four hour whale watching trip out of Port Townsend was a wonderful way to enjoy a beautiful calm and sunny day ( the only one here so far ).

Orcas
Orcas

The whale watching part of the trip was actually kind of disappointing …

Orcas
Orcas

… spotting only one lone Humpback Whale and one small pod of transient Orcas or Killer Whales.

Orcas
Orcas

Regulations require all boats to remain at least 200 yards from the Orcas and 100 yards from other whales and our captain certainly didn’t come close to violating those rules. I would say we never got within 500 yards of the Orcas, thats over a quarter of a mile away, meaning you could barely discern their large dorsal fins poking out of the water and certainly could not get any kind of decent images of their activity.

Container Ship
Container Ship

But spending four hours on the calm waters of Puget Sound on a nice day was a welcome change of pace for me and there were other interesting sights to see out on the water.

Sea Lions
Sea Lions
Fort Worden Lighthouse
Fort Worden Lighthouse

The Fort Worden Lighthouse is much more scenic from the water than it is from land.

I hope to remain here in Port Townsend through the 4th of July week and then will venture farther out onto the Olympic Peninsula after the holiday week, hoping I might then be able to find a place to stay.

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June 29, 2014 Salt Creek Rec Area, Washington

Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn

A Quick Trip Up to Hurricane Ridge

You have probably noticed a recent slowdown in new posts here lately. That is due to my inactivity due to my continuing back problem, I have been staying home downing ibuprofen and laying flat on my back now for the last few days. My other problem is a very slow Verizon signal here at this otherwise perfect campsite. It takes hours to upload the images for a single post.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

View from Hurricane Ridge
View from Hurricane Ridge
Mule deer above the clouds
Mule deer above the clouds

This afternoon, suffering as much from cabin fever and boredom as from my back woes, I finally just had to get out, so I headed back into Port Angeles and took a trip up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. This despite seriously iffy weather.

View from Hurricane Ridge
View from Hurricane Ridge
Mule deer on Hurricane Ridge
Mule deer on Hurricane Ridge
Mule deer above the clouds
Mule deer above the clouds
Mule deer on Hurricane Ridge
Mule deer on Hurricane Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

Mule deer and lupines
Mule deer and lupines

From the outskirts of Port Angeles you climb a little more than 5000 feet in elevation over a distance of 17 miles on the road up to Hurricane Ridge. In that 17 miles, I passed through dense fog, spotty sunlight, and heavy rain, but when I finally reached the top, the rain had stopped and there were clouds passing both above and below me, with tiny breaks of sun every now and then, quite dramatic at times.

Blacktail doe and fawn
Blacktail doe and fawn

With my back leaving me all but unable to walk, the last thing I expected to be doing this afternoon was chasing after a doe and fawn all around the mountaintop meadows, but there is no way I could resist when the opportunity presented itself.

Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn
Doe and fawns
Doe and fawn

 

 

 

 

 

Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn
Doe and fawn
Doe and fawn
Doe and fawn
Doe and fawn
Doe and fawn
Doe and fawn

 

 

 

 

Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn
Mule deer on Hurricane Ridge
Mule deer in velvet
Blacktail buck
Blacktail buck
Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn

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June 23, 2014 Moving Day

Doe and fawns
Family breakfast

Port Townsend Deer

Drove around the residential area of Port Townsend up on the hill above the harbor looking for, and finding, deer, everywhere. Nearly every house in this town has it’s small yard planted in perennials and flowering shrubs.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Port Townsend lawn ornament
Port Townsend lawn ornament

Some mornings it seems like every yard has it’s own deer also. Today was one of those times.

Port Townsend lawn ornament
Port Townsend lawn ornament

This doe looks like she is waiting patiently for someone to open the gate to the gardens so she can have breakfast.

Blacktail fawn
Blacktail faw
Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn

 

 

 

 

 

Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn
Blacktail fawn
A dangerous move
Blacktail doe and fawn
Blacktail doe and fawn

 

 

 

 

 

With all the young fawns around town, grazing in what certainly appear to be potentially dangerous locations, it is kind of amazing not to see any signs of deer being struck by vehicles. Of course, these are all found in a densely settled residential area, so perhaps the residents are super cautious knowing these guys are everywhere.

Probably a quarter of the closely bunched homes here have their small yards fenced in with 5 foot high enclosures of one kind or another, and on a morning like today, it is not hard to figure out why. Just how effective these deer deterrents are, I am not sure, as I noticed more than one this morning that had a deer on the wrong side of the fence.

Move From Port Townsend to the Salt Creek Recreation Area

Today is moving day and I am leaving the Jefferson County Fairground and heading west to the Salt Creek Campground, a Clallum County facility. I checked out this campground a couple weeks ago on my trip out to Neah Bay, and was pretty impressed. My stay here at the fairground has been a surprisingly pleasant one, no noise ( despite the 20 plus dogs next door ), no bright lights, and easy access to the town of Port Townsend, I would definitely stay here again.

I broke camp at noon and headed back down Route 19 and 20 to Route 101 west to Port Angeles, where I picked up Route 112 west towards Joyce and the Tongue Point/ Salt Creek Recreation Area.

As I had hoped, one of the first come, first served campsites with the water view was available when I arrived a little after 1 PM. I managed to get myself backed in without having to unhitch the tow dolly, and still had just enough room to park the Prius in front of the RV. These sites have water and 50 amp electric on a paved pad, fairly level, with a picnic table and fire ring.

View out the windshield

My New View Out the Front Windshield

There is a great view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca out the front windshield and there is open sky above for satellite reception. The Verizon signal is a little weak, 3 bars of 3G, and the sites are VERY close, a grass strip of only 8 feet separates the pads. With my slide out, I am literally on top of the neighboring site’s picnic table, no one is on that site right now, but this weekend, it could get a little claustrophobic, I am afraid.

The weather does not look too promising for the next several days, grey and cloudy with a 30% chance of rain every day. Oh well, I can’t complain about the weather with the wonderful stretches I have had since I arrived here in the Northwest. I paid up for a week, but have kind of planned on hunkering down here through the 4th of July weekend since I am on one of the non reservable sites and I imagine it would be difficult to snag a site anywhere for the upcoming holiday weekend. My two week maximum stay would get me through that crowded weekend.

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