The Kaleberg Journal - June 2017

06/15 - Lake Angeles Trail

The Lake Angeles Trail is great for a workout. It's only a ten minute drive from town, so it's often our fallback for exercise when we don't have a lot of time. On our last trip we got to experience the season with trilliums both ready to open and already with pods having bloomed some time ago. The Pacific dogwood was like this too, with both slightly green early flowers as well as white ones in full bloom.

The bridge on the Lake Angeles Trail

White water

Water under the bridge

Early Pacific dogwood

Pacific dogwood in full bloom

An early trillium

A late season trillium

More water

And even more water

Keywords: flowers, lake angeles, trillium

06/10 - Barnes Creek and Marymere Falls

The Barnes Creek trail is a little gem starting on the south side of Lake Crescent. The forest is much wilder than one might expect for a place so accessible. We made a quick side trip to Marymere Falls which was running full spate. Then we headed up Barnes Creek a bit. Most people just do the loop to the falls, but the trail along the creek has its rewards. We had some good views of the creek, and we got to see our favorite little waterfall before heading back.

Wild forest

More wild forest

Marymere Falls

Another view of Marymere Falls

Pacific dogwood in bloom

Barnes Creek

Our favorite little waterfall

Keywords: barnes creek, marymere falls, waterfall

06/09 - Elwha Trail Update

We were on the Elwha Trail again. The trilliums are almost gone, but the sedums are out as are the butterflies.

The first crossing

One of the butterflies

One of the sedums

The trail

And more of the trail

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06/01 - Hoh Rain Forest - Part 1

It's a fairly long ride out to the Hoh Rain Forest, nearly two hours from Port Angeles, but we figured we should get out to the West End as often as we can before the road repairs on 101 along Lake Crescent make it an even longer journey. We hadn't been out to the Hoh in a while, so we had nearly forgotten just how beautiful it is. Even the Upper Hoh Road is beautiful, and it gets even more beautiful as one approaches the visitor center.

We took the main Hoh River Trail. It's a gentle walk with just a slight incline that eventually takes one up to the Blue Glacier. The predominant color is green. This is lush rain forest. The trees are adorned with ferns and vines, and the forest floor is covered with mosses and ground cover. It is easy to lose perspective and not realize just how big some of the trees are. So many of them are giants.

Most of the trail is inland, but it follows the river for a while. It's worth heading up the trail, if only for a half hour or so to get a good close look at the river. It is that milky blue of glacial meltwater. Then the trail heads inland again and passes over a pretty waterfall. It's just a side stream feeding the Hoh, but it cascades down the valley wall.

One of the elk visible from the road to the visitor center

The green forest floor

Some of the trail

One of the big trees

Twisty trees

A bit of the Hoh River

Another look at the river and the mountains upstream

A bit of the waterfall and rapids

More of that side stream

The waterfall up above

And the waterfall below


The Kaleberg Journal - May 2017

05/31 - Hoh Rain Forest - Part 2

Some of the biggest trees are along the trail past the waterfall, but before Five Mile Island. The trail is mainly inland here, and there are streams to cross. Some have bridges, some have conveniently placed stones and some just have to be waded across. It's part of the forest adventure.

Our goal was Five Mile Island, a camp ground and a great place to stop and enjoy a lunch with our tired feet in the icy river water. Every year the bank and flow of the river change. We found a spot to settle and ate our sandwiches. We explored a bit, then made our way back downstream.

More rain forest

The view upstream

More forest floor

Another great tree

Yet another

Yet another giant

And a forest of giants

That's a nurse log on the ground

Across the Hoh at Five Mile Island

Another view at Five Mile Island

The view downstream at Five Mile Island


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05/30 - Hoh Rain Forest - Part 3

These are just a few more catch up photos from our hike along the Hoh River up to Five Mile Island. We don't think of this trail as being particularly floral, but at this time in spring, there were plenty of flowers adorning the forest floor.

A close up of ferns and mosses

Pacific dogwood in bloom

Also some blooming tiarella

Another view of the Hoh River

Some snow cover not all that high above us


05/18 - San Francisco, First Day

One of our favorite walks in San Francisco is the climb up the Filbert Street steps. It starts in an alley and heads up a rickety set of metal and concrete steps. It turns into a staircase through a garden which offers wonderful views of San Francisco Bay. There were roses in bloom and nasturtiums everywhere. The climb tops out at Coit Tower which offers even more views of the city and bay.

A look down at the alley and the Bay Bridge

Staircase garden

More garden on a side street

More garden

Our first view of the Golden Gate Bridge

The view west with twisty Lombard Street visible

Looking back at Coit Tower

Another lovely garden, the Vallejo Street Steps

Another city view

San Francisco is full of flowers

The view downtown

Keywords: san francisco

05/17 - San Francisco, Second Day

We spent a good part of our day wandering San Francisco's waterfront from Fort Mason heading west past Crissy Field. There are some beautiful views, and it was a sunny weekend day, so the streets and parks were full of walkers, runners, sunbathers, kite fliers, bicyclists and others out just enjoying the good weather. We made our way to Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge, then we climbed to the bridge visitor center and started heading south along the Coastal Trail. According to the signs, the part of the trail that leads down to the sea was closed. Despite this, we pushed on a bit, but when the going got rough, we gave up and headed back.

That's Alcatraz in the distance

A view of the Golden Gate Bridge

A passion flower

Another view of the Golden Gate Bridge

Sea foam

A hummingbird: look closely for it's bright red feathers.

Another shot of that cooperative hummingbird

Yet another view of the Golden Gate Bridge - It is truly photogenic.

The entrance to an old bunker

Another cooperative bird

The grounds of the old Exploratorium

Keywords: san francisco

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