Birds and Sights on the Water in Tokeland, First Evening Fire

I headed out early for Tokeland today and made it to the incredible part of Hwy 105 that grazes the edge of Willapa Bay for miles. There I saw some epic cumulus clouds hovering over and whitening the water around a group of 9 or so herons. There wasn't a sound to be heard as I sat on the side of the road and took it all in before continuing onward.

As I pulled up to the intersection to turn off toward Tokeland the "Check Engine" light in my car came on and it stalled on me. I rolled into the casino parking lot dead with no power steering to get safe but, thankfully, it started right up again. Turns out I needed oil so will probably set a reminder for myself to get that changed a little more often now that I'm doing a bit more driving. :S

I took a walk down Kindred Ave. from my house to the marina where I saw people pulling up crab pots (with some impressive catches!) right off the pier there and wandered a bit to see a bunch of cormorants sunning themselves on posts sticking out of the bay. Though the day's weather was impending this so-called "banana belt" held true for most of it with only a single shower sneaking its way through. I spent some time mowing my yard with the ol' human-powered push reel then enjoyed more of the sun skimboarding a bit during low tide.

After a dinner of a crab cake from nearby Nelson Crab I wound down listening to a couple Radiolab podcasts while sitting outside by the flames of the first fire I lit up in the pit/chimney in my backyard. The clear evening sky was calm and cool but the fire kept me warm as a few bats darted through the dusk catching bugs nearby.

Herons cruising over Willapa Bay

Herons in Willapa Bay

Clouds and blue sky over a glassy Willapa Bay

Willapa Bay panorama

Rain squall over Willapa Bay

Rain squall over Willapa Bay and the tip of Tokeland

Rain squall over Willapa Bay and the tip of Tokeland

Old pieces of Tokeland's marina

High sun and dark clouds over Willapa Bay

Cormorants sunning themselves on posts in Willapa Bay

Grassy post in Willapa Bay

Cormorants sunning themselves on posts in Willapa Bay

First fire at the beach house

posted May 28, 2011 under beach, birds, coast, house, marina, tokeland, willapa bay  


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