Sunday, August 7, 2005

Sequim, Washington

We visited Sequim, WA, today (pronounced skwim like swim with a 'k').

This morning started out very foggy... so foggy we couldn't see the
other side of Discovery Bay. Right away Jan was thinking of canceling
the whale watching trip on Thursday, because she will spend the entire
trip sea sick if she can't see the horizon. We'll see. We have until
Tues morn to cancel.

Sequim Lighthouse Model Our first stop in Sequim was the Visitor Info center where we picked up
several brochures from the very helpful and chatty volunteer greeters.
I took a picture of the model lighthouse because it looked like the fog
wasn't going to burn off so I could see the real Dungeness lighthouse 5
miles out on the Dungeness Spit.

Sequim Lavender Next we visited a lavender farm. This time of year the lavender is
beautiful, but the locals said it was REALLY beautiful a few weeks ago.
The reason lavender grows so well here is because the climate is mild -
on the same latitude as Provence, France.  Sequim is in the rain shadow
of the Olympic Mountains and gets 299(!) days of sunshine per year.

Sequim Forest Sequim RR Bridge Next we took a walk through a forest to an overlook, where we could
have seen the lighthouse if it had been clear :-)

The picture on the right is of an old train trestle that is now a walk through the
trees in the Railroad Bridge Park. There is an Audubon Center in this
park where the volunteer staff is very helpful. Neither one of us saw
any of the hundreds of different kinds of birds that live here, but the
walk was nice.

Sequim Native Daisy After a picnic lunch at the Railroad Br. Pk, we did some chores and
headed back - in gloriously clear afternoon sunshine.

Tomorrow we visit the Olympic Nat'l Pk.

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