Date: July 4, 2019
Place: Deception Pass State Park, Washington
Coordinates: 48.399451, -122.664200
Length: 1 mile
Today we're in the middle of spring break, which means that the chikas (and their parents) have some time off doing online schoolwork while sheltering in place. Our original plan for this week was a trip to the Gulf of Mexico to see the migratory birds there. That plan was cancelled and now I have ample time to look through photos of previous family vacations.
The last vacation we had outside of California was last July - to northern Washington. I posted here already about the first really awesome hike we had up and down Sauk Mountain on the third day of our trip there. Now I go back to the day we arrived at Washington and the little hike we had at the remaining daytime after the flight and the long drive from Tacoma airport to Burlington, where we stayed that night.
Before we left home Pappa Quail did his homework on good birding places in the area, and he directed us to Deception Pass State Park which is coastal.
After getting over our mild shock of how much cheaper an annual state parks pass is in Washington, compared with California, we drove down to the main parking area and looked around.
I didn't have to look far for the first wildflower - gum weeds bloomed right behind the log that marked the edge of the parking spot.
|Coastal Gumweed, Grindelia integrifolia|
It was a challenge to get beach photos without any humans in the frame but I managed a few.
|Our hike as captured by Pappa Quail's GPS|
|Sand Verbena, Abronia latifolia|
The dunes along the coast at Deception Pass were fixed with vegetation/ Much of this vegetation was the grass in the photo below, reaching as high as my chest.
|Beach Morning Glory, Calystegia soldanella|
Most of the trees there were conifers and the tall bushes were lush and green, but only a few of them were blooming. Those that did however, were quite impressive.
|Oceanspray, Holodiscus discolor|
|Salal, Gaultheria shallon|
The map we had marked this field as a march but we couldn't see any open water. It might have been shallowly flooded - all we could see were plants.
No water, so no water fowl. Pappa Quail and the elder chika were somewhat disappointed. They settled for a red-winged blackbird, a bird very common down in California as well.
A familiar wildflower grew along the path - the common yarrow. It is so common that I hardly notice it anymore, but there weren't too many wildflowers there at the time so the yarrow got its place in this blog post.
|Common Yarrow, Achillea millefolium|
I forgot about the chill and the clouds when i spotted a strange looking plant ff the trail. What I was seeing, turns out, were the fruit of a parsley-related plant that was already past its bloom time. This one grows in California too but I've never seen it there.
|Beach Glehnia, Glehnia littoralis ssp. leiocarpa|
|Dune Knotweed, Polygonum paronychia|
Eventually though, we got back on the trail and headed back to the parking lot, walking through patches of ambrosia and fields of beach grass.
|Beach Bur, Ambrosia chammisonis|
Many thanks to members of the Washington Native Plants Society for their help in identifying plants!
Many thanks to Pappa Quail who identified animals!