Monday, February 27, 2017

We Have Arrived!

San Juan Islands, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Olympic National Forest, Scoters, Auklets, Murrellets, Orcas.

Are these places/things you have heard about but didn’t know where they were or where to find them?  We’ve got them all!
We arrived at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge in Washington about noon on Saturday.
The Visitor Services Manager was the only staff working and since we already had the code to the entry gate, we let ourselves in and got set up.

We got our paperwork, hats, pins, t-shirts, and (new to us) sweatshirts.  After a quick tour of the refuge, we were told to just take it easy this week. 

So far, we have found this place amazing.  If we were going on vacation this is exactly the kind of place we would seek out.

There is only one “volunteer pad” so we are the only resident volunteers here.  There are about 70 active local volunteers.  We’re parked in the maintenance yard behind a locked gate overlooking a newly planted oak savannah, away from any public visitors.
Part of the maintenance yard.
Garry Oak Trees
We’re not sure what all we will be doing here, we’ll find out in the coming week.

Right now we are going to start exploring this very unusual refuge and beautiful surrounding area.
Black-tailed Deer
The end!


  1. Glad you made it without problems. Sounds like a promising start. We can'wait to hear how it goes.

  2. So glad you liked your first impressions!