Easter Dome

After the wettest March in decades, Washington made up for the misery by serving up record-breaking heat and sunshine for Easter weekend. JK, Wellie and I celebrated by basking in the sun on Oyster Dome.

Perfect weather for a nap!

Luckily we got an early start for once and were able to enjoy some almost-alone time on the Dome before the hordes arrived. I loved seeing lots of happy, smiling people enjoying themselves outdoors, but once we all congregated on the edge of a cliff, the acrophobic introvert in me decided it was time to hike on.

Lizard Lake Camp

When we hiked Oyster Dome last year, we started at the regular trailhead along Chuckanut Drive. This time we followed Tom’s recommendation to start at Samish Overlook instead, and it will definitely be our default route from now on since the views from the trailhead are actually better than from the top. It also cuts a whole bunch of the mileage and elevation gain (which isn’t much to begin with), so we decided to visit the neighborhood lakes before heading home.

Lizard Lake

The side trip paid off – as we were walking along Lily Lake, a sudden, loud squawking scared the bejesus out of us. We saw two huge (so much bigger than Wellie!!) bald eagles two feet off the trail, giving us the stink-eye.

Holy crap, those things are big

They were not happy about being interrupted in their exploration of the birds and the bees (spread-eagle?), but they decided to a) let us pass and b) not eat Wellie. It was the coolest wildlife sighting of my life so far, better than all the bears and even the marmots we saw making sweet love on Mount Baker.

Eagles pretending they weren't just bumpin' uglies Okay, they're even bigger than I thought

We looped our way back to the trailhead where we sat down to eat the rest of our lunch and enjoy the sun and views. It’s a good life we lead.

Best buds

Oyster Dome | 7 miles | 1650 feet elevation gain –

Part of the lake loop

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  • Reply Lauren April 11, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I always love to see where you go! It sounds like you enjoy hiking and you take great pictures – an awesome combo. And to be that close to eagles? Awesome!

    After you’re recent house blog post, I wonder if you still scrapbook at all?

  • Reply Ingunn April 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I think it’s been a year or so since my last page…and I haven’t unpacked my scrapbook stuff yet, but I am making an office for it. I still come up with layout and content ideas all the time, but I just can’t find the motivation to sit down and actually make an album. For now this blog will have to function as my scrapbook, and hopefully I’ll return to paper soon enough!

  • Reply Lisa April 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Those are beautiful photos. I love the one of the lake and trees. It reminds me of my childhood. I’m also amazed at how close you got to a bald eagle. Amazing.

  • Reply Laura @ First Class Great Outdoors April 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Wow! What an incredible place to sit and relax! A good life indeed :)

    I’m in awe of your bald eagle sighting. I have never seen one, but I really hope to one day. Glad to hear they didn’t take out Wellie :)

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