I shall not bore you with the sordid details of my life, but just say: it’s chaos here. So no geology just yet. I’ll have something up by Saturday, after carving out some research time.
In the meantime, let us have some outtakes from Monday’s outing. My intrepid companion and I had plans. Oh, yes. I’d pick him up, and we’d have some lunch, and then watch a fuck of a lot of Castle. But the weather didn’t cooperate. No, instead of peeing down rain, or being cloudy and cold, it decided to be all sunny and sweet. We ended up attempting a visit to Dash Point State Park.
It was closed.
So we drove up the shoreline, and ended up at Discovery Park instead. Been meaning to get there since getting the new camera, after all, and when you want a spot o’ hiking and a bit o’ beach with perhaps a lighthouse and a view of the Olympics, there’s no better place to go:
|West Point Lighthouse and the Olympic Mountains, Discovery Park|
Okay, yes, I know, there are clouds, and I said it was sunny. It was sunny. I mean, there were whole patches of sky that looked suspiciously blue, and there were frequent glimpses of the evil yellow hurty thing, and some of my pictures show actual sunlight. Evidence below the fold.
Just check out this shot of the Sound if you doubt:
|Olympics Demonstrating Physics of Wet Air Masses and Mountains|
The lighthouse has always been a highlight – it fills the point and provides something interesting and historical to look at. They’re in the midst of a restoral project, the exterior’s had all the lead paint stripped from it, and it’s shining very prettily now:
The interior should be finished by January or so, and then we’ll be able to go in and esplore. For now, we have to content ourselves with leaning over the fence and shooting photos through the window:
|Sneak Peek of the Lighthouse Interior|
But who needs the interior of a lighthouse when you’ve got riprap? Quite a few interesting rocks piled up around the point, mostly the usual piles of basaltic andesite and other local volcanics, but every once in a while, you’ll run into a very nice boulder of gneiss:
Eventually turned my attention away from the pretty rocks and noticed the sun silhouetting the lighthouse a bit:
|Fishing Trawler aka Buffet|
You may wonder why I seem to have this obsession with spiders. The reasons are thus: They sit still, and their webs look awesome. This makes them a pleasure to photograph. They seem good with it – I’ve not yet had one get upset.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t linger. The sun sank:
|Sundown and Lighthouse|
That’s it. Very probably the last adventure of the summer season. But I’ve got more than enough photos left from the summer’s outings to hold us through the dark, cold gloom. In the cantina, summer never really ends. We’ll just crank up the heat and use our imaginations.