Started off rather quietly. Nice, leisurely breakfast at a Thai food place, ramble through the meadows and down the bluff. Mind you, there was a bit of foreshadowing.
Unstable bluffs were the whole reason for being there. I love the bluffs at Discovery Park. There are few places around Puget Sound that show off our glacial legacy so well. It’s a colorful layer cake of sediments that record thousands of years of local history, from the pre-Cordilleran floodplains to the glacial outwash at the top. And then there’s the small matter of the glacial lake in the middle… but we’ll get to the gifties it left in a moment.
Late summer flowers, although I suppose these are now fall flowers, and the Sound. Quite lovely. We paused for admiration, and walked on a bit, and South Bluff came within view, and it was a kids-in-completely-unexpected-candy-store moment.
Now, at this juncture, I wish to refresh your memories. We’ve been to Discovery Park before.
I haven’t been keeping up on the local news. Which is nice, because then, this came as a rather a bit of a surprise, which probably wasn’t quite so delightful to normal people but was pretty exciting for Ryan and I:
Yes, it appears there was a bit of an incident with the Lawton Clay. The old bluff ain’t what it used to be – but then, it never is. Thing about bluffs is this: they change. Not always so drastically, but they change frequently. It’s why building on a bluff with an ocean view is best seen as a temporary venture.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t get right round it because the tide was mostly in, but if Seattle gives us one more nice day before endless rain, I’ll get a full set of before-and-after photos for ye. I’d already meant to do a nice set of posts on our local geology’s propensity for slip-sliding down from where it is wanted to where it isn’t. This shall illustrate it nicely.
Add it to the endless list of things I wish to write. Sigh.
Right. So that’s one thing Darwin loved: geology. We found another, of course, this being Discovery Park, which has got a beach, and other things beginning with b.
These barnacles have taken up residence on an aluminum can. Odd little buggers. When our other Ryan showed these to me, my eyes did that little WTF jiggle.
At journey’s end, we took quite good advantage of the timer on my camera to have a bit of a portrait.
And a traditional duet.
Such a beautiful day, with such beautiful people, and unexpected delights, and the sun. Lovely!