Bright red berries adorn bushes as the North Tidal Area Trail opens onto the estuary at Dosewallips State Park.
I’ve been given the medical OK to start hiking again on short, easy trails to build up strength in my injured knee. As I recently was driving the Hood Canal to visit family in Sequim, I decided to explore an easy hike along the way back. Poor weather conditions of sleet and snow kept me to the beaches; I didn’t want to get snowed in on a remote gravel road.I decided to visit a site that came up in a conversation with another hiker, who’d recently mentioned it as a neat place to see along the Hood Canal. Like him, I’d never noticed it on my numerous trips up and down the canal.
A herd of elk bedded down less than 100 feet from the trail on the far side of an estuary slough. The herd’s matriarch, wearing a radio collar, stood on my side of the slough and eyed me and Dodge warily as we passed.Elk are big up close. I imagine they can do a lot of damage. It’s a little-known fact that more people are injured and killed by herbivores in national parks than by carnivores. Dodge didn’t know what to make of the elk. I’m glad he was on a leash in case he decided they would have been good to chase. As it was, he danced and yodeled under his breath.
Easy winter ambling at Point Whitney, Dosewallips
Wed, Dec 29, 2010
Almost above the clouds
Wed, Jul 21, 2010
A hike revisited
Wed, Feb 3, 2010
Meandering, moseying by Morse Creek
Wed, Dec 30, 2009
Great holiday gift? Take a hike
Wed, Dec 23, 2009
Squak Mountain is 'sister' worth a visit
Wed, Dec 2, 2009
'Hiking' Mount Walker - the easy way
Mon, Nov 2, 2009