The next good low tide series will arrive July 1st and run through July 6th. So if you have Seattle on your schedule I recommend you put one of the following beaches on your must visit list. Alki Beach Park (Constellation Marine Reserve) south of Alki Light House. Golden Gardens Park (north end of beach), Carkeek Park (north end of beach), Lincoln Park (south end of beach). If on the Olympic Pen.
of course it's Tongue Point Marine Reserve (at Salt Creek Recreation Area) 12 miles west of Port Angeles...don't forget to take in Hurricane Ridge (which can be done on the same day as the beach). Check the tide tables for time and plan to arrive at the beach 2 hours before low tide.
I also recommend Togas for lunch in Port Angeles at west end of town for excellent food.
Gretchen (wife) was in seaweed heaven at Tongue Point (not surprising since she is a seaweed expert) and the species diversity is to die for. She will be offering a seaweed class (what to collect and what to eat) on July 1st. (more info on this later).
A warning: If you camp at Salt Creek Recreation Area (great camping spot) watch out for Raccoons as they will rob you blind and when the police ask you for a description of the thieves you just have to say,
"I don't know they were wearing masks".
In a totally different vein, my motorcycle (which is dearly loved) has gone to a new home. So until my new ride arrives I'll have to borrow Gretchen's. So the new motorcycle shed has much more space now and all the human powered bikes have space to relax. Looks like rain today.....so maybe it's a good day for a movie.....Prometheus perhaps.
Images below are mine and Gretchen's.....hers are the good ones (except for the first one which needs work)
|Funny dressed author (looks clueless but has kneepads)|
Gretchen F, photo
|Black Katy chiton with Leather Limpet hitchhikers (Gretchen F photo)|
|Codium (dead man's fingers - Gretchen F. photo)|
|Yellow Lined Cadlina sea slug (Gretchen F. Photo)|
|Clown Nudibranch Juv. (Gretchen F. Photo)|
|Giant Pacific Barnacle|
|Leopard Nudibranch (sponge eater)|
|Rostanga pulchra (Red Sea Slug feeds on red sponge)|
|Rostanga pulchra (note eggs at top of photo)|
|Gretchen the seaweed queen|
|Coraline Encased Tube Worms|
|Beach Naturalists playing hookie|
|Unidentified fish eggs|
|Sea Grass at Tongue Point|
|Aeolid Sea Slug|
|Sea Lemons (6 inches) Schmitz Park|
|Sea Lemon eggs|
|Monterey Sea Lemon laying eggs|
|C-O Sole (Schmitz Park)|
|Flounder Juv. Schmitz Park|
|Opalescent Sea Slugs on Moon Snail sand collar|
|Pacific Gaper Clam|
|Barnacles on Moon Snail sand collar|
|Graceful Kelp Crab|