photos from our final morning of marine science explorations!
When we left Olympic NP we camped for a few nights right outside Port Angeles, Washington on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. I would have shared all this with you back then but as soon as we arrived our phones hollered, “Welcome to Canada, eh!” and we had to shut down most of the various data capabilities in order to avoid paying approximately $3,128.61 per blog post or
status update. This “false border crossing” also happened right as I was arriving at the campground alone, having
just come from the grocery store and being rather lost. My phone was nearly dead and I had no charger cord AND I think Siri was directing me back toward Forks to spend an evening with the vampires. I am convinced Siri wants me dead.
Pardon my getting figuratively off track while explaining how I literally got off track. Ahem.
The tide pool action at Salt Creek County Park is not the jaw-dropping experience of Beach 4 in
Olympic, but it was cool in its own way. We found plenty of green anemones and aggregating anemones amid the
expected barnacles and mussels but here we found the elusive purple sea urchins we had yet to see. There are no large ochre sea stars (that we saw) but there were plenty of smaller bright scarlet stars. The little sculpins bear pink stripe camouflage that makes them more interesting than those we previously encountered and we even found what we think was an orange peel nudibranch.