Mid winter ramble- Coastal Washington

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  1. Red Yeti

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    Last weekend we did a little trip to the southwest corner of Washington State. We stayed in a cabin, but did some nice day hikes and exploring. We had a nice bit of sunny weather in the middle of the winter which is a nice break from the usual rain and grey skies.

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    Sitka Spruce at a common tree species here. They grow really big here in the wet coastal strip. The Sitka spruce wood has a very high strength to weight ratio and it was very highly prized for making aircraft back in the day. There was even an outfit of the US Army called the spruce army that had the mission to harvest prime spruce for the planes in ww2.

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    Some interesting history. There are still some structures here that were part of the coastal defense system. These were a large number of observation points and gun emplacements deigned to protect the Pacific coast from an attack form the sea. Most of these concrete buildings are pretty overgrown now. I like the roof on this one made of salal and sword ferns.

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    This one has sort of a crew cut going on...
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    Here's a pretty little cove on the ocean that we hiked around
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    Here's another spruce with a weird shaped base. It got its start growing out of another tree stump, callled a nurse log which has long since rotted away.
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    Here's a big standing dead spruce snag, about 5 feet in diameter. I was interested in the woodpecker holes in it and the funky orange fungus that grew in some of the holes. Looks like somebody stuffed an orange peel in there, but its an orange jelly fungus.

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    More to come....
     
  2. Red Yeti

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    The moist climate here supports lots of lichens and mosses. This is a lichen called old man's beard hanging down from a limb. It makes a decent tinder when you dry it out a bit...

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    I found some time to do a little bushcrafting. This forked limb got me thinking...

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    so I tried my hand at a little bush chair...
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    It worked pretty well.
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    Back at the cabin, just for fun, I did a little work making some cordage made from some dried deer sinew. Here I am separating out some fine fibers to start braiding with.
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    more to come...
     
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    I also practiced a little firemaking. Here's a one stick fire with the tracker, lit with a fero rod:

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    Can't waste a good fire:
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    Is there anything better than a sausage cooked over the fire?
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    No, the answer is no...nothing better...
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    We had a delightful view of the setting sun.

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    Thanks for looking!

    School's in session.

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    Nice TR, @Red Yeti. Thanks for taking us along.
     
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    I know this spot. :) When I was about 15, my dad and I were new to the area and doing some bushwhacking. We came to a cliff that looked down on this beautiful cove. We spent the next fifteen minutes carefully making our way down salal covered rocks to check it out. We were quite proud of ourselves and enjoying this hidden spot that we worked so hard to get down to.

    Then we saw and elderly couple with some kids, and wondered how in the world they had made it down there. After a moment of scratching our heads, we noticed the set of wooden steps that had used to get down there from the trail. :D I went back there dozens of times over the next few years, but always took the easy way after that.
     
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    Great ramble! I always enjoying seeing that neck of the woods on TRs posted here.

    Did you build yourself a new tracker? It looks different to me.
     
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    Great stuff @Red Yeti . Nice looking country too.
     
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    You got lucky with that weather. When it's nice out there, it's hard to beat.
     
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    Beautiful area. I would like to homestead the old forts.
     
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    Beautiful walk out bud!

    I love that little smugglers cove.
     
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    Great story! Did you make it out to the lighthouse?
     
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    You weren't too far from where I live.
     
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    Thanks so much for sharing that @Red Yeti! Shows why we are so lucky to be in the PNW.
     
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    Thank you for the report, beautiful country you live in

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    BEAUTIFUL pictures and great write up. I love that part of the coast!!
     
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    Some really nice shots. Thanks for taking us along. Looks like I need to spend some reccy time down that way.
     
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    Beautiful shots and history. I am down in Sedona, Arizona and in yucca heaven :). Lot different from the wet Pacific Northwest but both have their beauty.
     
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    Beautiful. That hot dog torture fork is something to behold.
     
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    That looks like a lovely place to hike and explore! Winter's been nasty here in Kentucky too :(
     
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    Again brother, fantastic looking day!
     
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    That is a great place, been there a few times. I remember the trail down to the beach in the cove being kinda steep, but worth the scramble.
     
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    Great outing, thanks for taking us along!
     
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