May 8, 2018

Corner Canyon

There are several Corner Canyon trailheads within a few miles of our house.  We go there for a training ride along upper Corner Canyon road, about 12 miles and 2400 feet of elevation gain.
You can see the "road" above. It's rutted and rocky in places and would be challenging for a 4 wheeler.  We've never seen a vehicle up there, although we usually see bikers and sometimes hikers.
At first the horses were scared of bikes, but they have adapted to a more urban environment and all that goes with trails near the city.
At the upper end of our ride, we looked out across the mountain vista and saw some white dots. 
With the camera zoom, a small herd of mountain goats became visible.  
Closer still, and you can see the goat's horns.
Salsa is sporting her new saddle as she looks out over the scenery.
Behind Steve and Salsa is the 11000 ft Box Elder Peak, still snow-covered down to about 9000 feet.

Family in Seattle

Mt. Ranier in the distance
We recently went to Seattle to meet our newest grandbaby.
Our son seems to fully enjoy his busy dad time, with one 22 month toddler, and the other baby only 2 months.
We went on several hikes.  It's good to start the kids early!
While touring around Union Bay Natural Area, a heron hid in tall grass near a pond. 
kildeer
killdeer flopping
killdeer nest
A kildeer did her best to distract us from her nest, flopping around on the ground as if injured to attract our attention. 
An osprey pair had not yet built their nest, but we spotted them roosting in the trees.  
Another day, we visited Discovery Park. We hiked along the shore of Puget Sound and saw lots of shore birds and the West Point Lighthouse, shown above.  It began operating in 1881, the first manned lighthouse on Puget Sound. Its alternating red and white flashing signal was first operated by a kerosene lamp.  It was attached to the Seattle electric grid in 1926, and became automated in 1985.  The white flash is visible for 15 nautical miles, and the red flash is visible for 13 nautical miles.  It is fenced off and apparently not open to visitor tours.
There were some huge yachts traveling through the Sound.  We speculated on which Seattle billionaire might own each of them.

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