Olympic Peninsula Adventuring, Spring 2019

When life gives you lemons..you make the best lemonade you can. My son’s class went on their annual 6th grade field trip to the Olympic Peninsula this week. This 2 night camping trip probably provides most parents with a sweet break, but when you have a kiddo with Type 1 Diabetes, things look a little different. The school was not able to provide diabetes care during the night, so I had to go along.

My son had an incredible teacher who took on being his support person during the daytime hours, so this gave me the opportunity to go on adventures of my own during the days.

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

I turn 50 this year, and this was the first time in my life that I was responsible for the set-up and break down of my own campsite. I have always had the assistance of a friend or my husband, so I felt pretty proud of being able to do it all myself.

My site was in the midst of the lush, Pacific NW rainforest. Mossy understory and tall trees, an aqua colored, crystal clear river, majestic waterfalls and the sea only an hours drive away.

Black tailed deer sauntered across my campsite, foraging greens in the evening, and my son and I fell asleep to the calls of owls in woods.

The trip was not without its challenges, but overall, it was an epic adventure of growth and discovery for both me and my son.

On the trail in the early am to Sol Duc Falls

On the trail in the early am to Sol Duc Falls

Sword Ferns in the rainforest

Sword Ferns in the rainforest

Tiny mushrooms and moss

Tiny mushrooms and moss

Lungwort lichen

Lungwort lichen

Sol Duc River

Sol Duc River

Sol Duc Falls Trail

Sol Duc Falls Trail

Tongue Point Marine Reserve…where the forest meets the sea

Tongue Point Marine Reserve…where the forest meets the sea

Staghorn Seaweed-my favorite seaweed in the universe

Staghorn Seaweed-my favorite seaweed in the universe

It feels like there are miles of California Mussels at Tongue Point Marine Reserve

It feels like there are miles of California Mussels at Tongue Point Marine Reserve

Two spot keyhole limpet. This one was looking a little worse for wear..

Two spot keyhole limpet. This one was looking a little worse for wear..

Red Sea Urchin. So huge and beautiful! They have a lifespan of 100+ years.

Red Sea Urchin. So huge and beautiful! They have a lifespan of 100+ years.

The tip of Tongue Point has the most amazing tide pools filled with purple, red and green sea urchins.

The tip of Tongue Point has the most amazing tide pools filled with purple, red and green sea urchins.

This light! This kelp! Seriously, I love invertebrates but the seaweeds on the outer coast are really stupendous!

This light! This kelp! Seriously, I love invertebrates but the seaweeds on the outer coast are really stupendous!

Iridescent seaweed and Coraline algae.. all the colors….

Iridescent seaweed and Coraline algae.. all the colors….

Coraline algae

Coraline algae

Top Snail

Top Snail

Shore crab giving me the stink eye

Shore crab giving me the stink eye

Brittle star

Brittle star

California mussel with all the fancy bling-barnacles, purple sponge, aggregating anemones and snails!

California mussel with all the fancy bling-barnacles, purple sponge, aggregating anemones and snails!

Baby Six Rayed Sea Star

Baby Six Rayed Sea Star

Brooding anemone

Brooding anemone

Shameless Self Promotion/2019 Calendars are Here!

First and foremost, THANK YOU to everyone who has supported my work over this past year! I am so grateful to everyone who has encouraged me, purchased my work and helped me move forward with my passion for photography. YOU are amazing and I SO appreciate you!

As the year comes to a close, I have three different press printed calendars of my work up for sale here in my shop. You can go mushrooms or sea life or both if you really want to go crazy:) All photos were taken by me in the forests and tidelands of the Pacific Northwest.

If you want a chance to come and purchase them from me directly, I will be at the fabulous Bar Del Corso next Sunday, December 2nd, from 12-4pm for their Holiday Gift Pop Up. Guaranteed to be lots of fun, there will be food, drink, Santa and great local makers!

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Cheers & Happy Holidays! Hope to see you soon.