Attacking Bald Eagles, Babies & Other Stuff!

The family is having a fantastic time on the Olympic Peninsula. The area is gorgeous, and the weather is fantastic. Yesterday we hiked up Hurricane Ridge where Maren posed in an Alpine meadow. When I returned home, I was treated to some seagulls attacking a Bald Eagle.

Today, my son-in-law Matt and I drove out to Cape Flattery where we beachcombed for over two hours (2 hours of walking on a sandy beach without seeing another human), followed by a hike out onto the Cape Flattery Headland itself.

Hurricane Ridge

  • Marren
  • Wildflower Vista
  • Buck in Velvet

Attacking the Bald Eagle

Cape Flattery

  • Black Oystercatcher Chicks
  • Pigeon Guillemots
  • Pelagic Cormorants on Nests

Get Off the Interstate!

Molly and I just drove from Minnesota to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. While we were on interstate highways, about 1/2 of the time I managed to find local routes. Just like when we are bike touring, when in the car we want to see America. The best way to see the country is to escape the interstate. Traffic will also be light.

Here is a great example, while on a local road driving across Washington State we saw a sign which said scenic lookout one mile. Coming around the bend … wow! Mount Rainier appeared!

Here are a few more photographs from our travels. The Clark Fork River in Montana … a sunrise bike ride, and two bird images.

This Purple Martin was teasing its chicks in the hope it might entice their young to take a first flight. The California Quail was watching over a brood of about eight young.

The Clark Fork River Revisited

As Molly and I work our way across America by car to our bike touring starting point, we make certain to include enough time for a daily bicycle ride. Today is was 96F in the mountains of Montana (ugh), but that did not stop us from taking a 20+ mile ride along the Clark Fork River.

It was great to see an old friend. During our Glaciers to the Sea Tour three years ago we biked along the Clark Fork for four days. The scenery and peoples in this region are Wunderbar!

The river is beautiful, but one does have to do some climbing. Two pics of Molly enjoying some vistas …

 

The Birds of Guanacaste – Costa Rica (pdf book)

Working my way across the USA to start a bicycle tour, but just published a small book about the Birds of Costa Rica for a very small region on the Pacific Coast. This books is a gift to my younger brother, William. This is NOT a rain forest book. Rather it is a Costa Rica drylands coastal bird book. The Birds of Las Catalinas is provided free for download, BUT is copyrighted. In other words, the book is free for your private use. Should you wish to let others know about the book, do NOT host the pdf on your web site, but link back to my Birds of Costa Rica web page.

Hosting the pdf on your own web site would be breaking the laws of the United States.