7/7/13

Snoquera Falls Loop

We were up in Seattle a couple weekends ago visiting family and friends. Here are some pictures from Snoquera Falls, a fine, two-mile hike about an hour south of SeaTac. 

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After about a 1-mile hike uphill, you reach a granitic debris field and nice waterfall.

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It may take a bit of discernment to maintain sight of the trail after you leave the falls area.  During our visit, some of the rocks had shifted out of place and we had to do a bit of scrambling  to get over them. 

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At the bottom of the trail, after you finish your descent from the falls, the trail comes to a T-intersection. Turn left back to go back to the parking lot. A sign would  have been nice!

Also, you're supposed to have some kind of pass to park here, according to the Code of Federal Regulations, § 261.15.

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They're very clear about this, even providing you pictures of what the passes should look like. Unfortunately, in their zeal to tell you about the passes, they neglect to tell you where to get one

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In my experience in California, most of our state and federal parks have "iron rangers", essentially a big metal box with an opening you drop your money in to.  Alas, it appears that Washington state has not yet developed his technology. Iron rangers were not to be found here.

5/27/13

Everyday sights in Bernal Heights

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A walk in San Francisco this time of year is a blessed thing. But maybe not today. Today is foggy and a little cold. I took these pictures yesterday when it was sunny. Today, staying home with your cats is a blessed thing.

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A little bit dissonant to totally fence off your yard from the neighborhood and put up a peace sign and Christmas lights. 

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My sunflowers are still just seedlings compared to these.

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My neighborhood park is beautiful by any reasonable standard, but also the kind of place you can take for granted when you live in San Francisco.

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The Eucalyptus globulus is invasive, but I'm pretty sure the message refers to humans too. Such is San Francisco. But what comes around, goes around. "Kill vandals and taggers" is how I feel. So there.

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Blackest holyhock.

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Copper canyon daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) on the left and Centaurea gymnocarpa on the rightTwo plants that get real big, flower pretty much all year, and thrive on neglect.

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This view always stops me cold when I turn the corner here. I have never gotten a picture that captures it well.

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