My first hike with my new camera. I got a Nikon D40 with a 18-55 lens for hiking. It is so much nicer to carry than my D90 with the 18-200 lens, it is lighter and does suffer from zoom creep, so I can wear it around my neck and over my shoulder. It cost $200, second hand. My D90 cost $1,200 new plus I upgraded the lens later.
|Little detour at the trail head to let someone |
who looked strange pass. It turned out he was
just fine and my caution was unwarranted. But I
got to see some interesting stuff while I was detouring.
|Cherry bark texture|
|Homalothecium mega moss|
|Going up, up and up|
|Finally on top|
|Panorama from the North viewpoint sun and clouds|
|Two hikers dogged me all the way up|
I'm amazed that they did not pass me
this is the first time that I have not been passed.
|This Cetraria chlorophylla lichen is not normally this brown|
This is at the south view point where I went to get away from
the two hikers that dogged me
|Hypogymnia lichen are not normally brown either|
|I walked down on the road and I saw this Invasive moss from Europe Pseudoscleropodium purum, I found it road side in the mountains today! Will it invade the forest next??|
|Fairy vomit lichen and Dicranum moss on a stump|
|Too bad the DNR owns this part of Mount Walker.|
I saw this disgrace on the road walk.
|Interesting bark on the way down|
|It was to cold and windy to linger at the top so to kill time after|
having my tea, I opted to walk down the road and add 2 miles to my hike
|Back down to 101, proof that it does sometimes rain in Quilcene|
|Abandoned outhouse in abandoned campground on my Elbo Creek detour route|
|Jefferson Transit picking me up at 2:55 the driver|
was gruff. Maybe he did not like me taking this picture
|On the bus about to get off in Brinnon|
|The Ranger from Dosewallips State park in Brinnon|
Passed me while I was waiting for the bus at Mount Walker.
He seemed friendly, I think he is a friend of a friend.
|Somehow I lost my change for the bus so I|
had to buy something in the Brinnon store to get change.
This is the Mason Transit bus coming to take me to Shelton at 3:15
|The rain starts as soon as the bus heads south. This|
is the Hamma Hamma river
|The farther south the bus travels the harder it rains|
|The bus took a break at the Hoodsport visitor center|
and there was none other than Ranger Davis the mushroom
stomper sitting in his truck. Can I ever go on a hike without seeing that man?
|This passenger got on at the Port of Shelton|
she was dripping wet
|My hike today 8 miles with 2,200 feet elevation gain|