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Clallam Bay

Slip Point

Tide waters in the Strait of Juan de Fuca are rich in plant and animal life.
We drove to the township of Clallam Bay after visiting Cape Flattery to experience
the starfishes and mussels along the shoreline. As the tide was out, we had the
opportunity to study the environs, unimpeded by the sea. Mussels, starfish & urchins
were within our grasp, with plenty of time before the sea flowed back over the beaches.

This where I heard that one of our friends had crossed another important bridge...
The bridge to the beach
at Clallam Bay, Washington
18 August 2007
Walking ahead...
Alissa & the boys
headed to Slip Point
18 August 2007
Eli, Alissa & Taylor...
Eli, Alissa & Taylor
walking to Slip Point
18 August 2007
Seagulls are almost like raptors here
Seagull near Slip Point,
Straits of Juan de Fuca
18 August 2007
You can tell Who's who here
Eli & Taylor
out in the lead
18 August 2007

There's a web site with alot of information about this area from the Seiku Chamber of Commerce.
I won't go into it here. One can cross a bridge and make one's way toward the tide pools.
This place is beautiful. I love looking at these pictures and picking out the individual characteristics
of our boys in the photos. Makes me wish the girls were along as well. Alissa is right about time passing us by.

Gulls racing over the Straits of Juan of Fuca
Sea gulls racing,
Straits of Juan de Fuca
18 August 2007
British Columbia across the water...
British Columbia
across the water
18 August 2007
Mussels & starfish here...
Taylor, Eli & Alissa
in the tide waters
18 August 2007
Buoy & tidewaters on the Straits of Juan de Fuca...
Be careful with
your ship here
18 August 2007
Kinda stinky, huh?
Ben holding a
starfish up for fun
18 August 2007

There was once a lighthouse at Slip Point, which was finally dismantled for good in 2000.
Slip Point has become a public park, named Clallam Bay Spit. Its website includes
a fine interactive map of Clallam County, in pdf format. You should go there in person!

Eli picking out his favorite starfish
I like this one:
Eli & yummy snack!
18 August 2007
Mussels is meat!
Mussel for supper,
Serina Stafish
18 August 2007
Back to mealtime...
Returnest thou unto
thine fertile domain.
18 August 2007
She always has a bevy of facts to share about the stuff she loves.
Teaching moment in
the mussel shoals...
18 August 2007

What do you think they eat to give them their colors?
Barnacles & starfish
cling to the rocks
18 August 2007
Vivid green in the big blue sea
Detail of a
sea anemone
18 August 2007
Makes me wonder if a starfish can sense the anemone.
The starfish coexist
with the anemone
18 August 2007
You otter just bust it up with a stone, maybe.
Colorful sea urchin
held in Alissa's hand
18 August 2007

We saw alot of pink and ochre Pisaster sea stars, purple sea urchins,
giant green anemones and countless shells of barnacles. Along with a literal
forest of plant life (possibly kelp), black mussels were abundant, which it seems
would explain the prodigious population of sea stars. A magical place for kids...

Herrrreeee, Crabby-crabby-crabby...
Taylor awaits whatever
lives in the shell
18 August 2007
Boy, that's a fatty, My Son!
Rummaging in the
tide pool sea weed
18 August 2007
Makes me wonder if a starfish can sense the anemone.
Barnacles, seashells
and mussels, low tide
18 August 2007
Canada's British Columbia rises across the straits
Taking a breath in the
Straits of Juan de Fuca
18 August 2007
I'm not sure if this is an Asian Shore crab, a Pacific Shore crab, or a Dungeness crab.
A molted crab
not ready to eat... yet!
18 August 2007

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