While visiting the San Juan Islands, I tore my medial head of my gastrocnemius muscle. It is one of the calf muscles and is a common injury in the middle aged, weekend warrior category. It was the third time this year that I have torn it, and yes just maybe I had not rested it enough to have it completely heal. Well it wasn't hurting any more and the hike was supposed to not be so strenuous, but the last 20 feet of the hike to Jackal Lagoon was washed out and very steep. I was carrying my camera on the tripod and my usual 40 pounds of gear down a steep slope when I turned to help Lisa down a tough part. I felt the pop in my calf as the muscle tore and knew going back up the hill and hiking the rest of the day was going to be tough going. It limited my shots a bit, but we still made Deadman's Bay and the Lime Kiln Lighthouse.
We were looking for an easy walk online and found Discovery Park which is an old military installation on one of the points forming the north mouth of Elliot Bay. At the end of the point was a lighthouse that i wanted to shoot. We parked at the visitors center and took the loop trail that met up with the South Beach trail that took us to the lighthouse. It is a very nice trail that mostly goes through woodlands. Just into the loop trail I looked up to find the spiderweb shown below about 10 feet off the ground and back lit by the sun. It was a perfect picture opportunity.
The walk takes you on bluffs that overlook the sea with many boats sailing the straights. We took a small detour to a scenic overlook that is outside of the old base chapel. Here we ate lunch overlooking the ocean. We finished lunch sitting on the driftwood at the beach where the lighthouse is situated and watched this amazing dog swim far out into the ocean to fetch a stick his master threw out for him. I met Joshua's grandmother who asked me to shoot some pictures of him for her. They are from Madison Wisconsin but were out to visit relatives. I emailed her a some of the best shots.
On the walk back we took the North Beach trail that met up with the loop trail again and just before we got back to the visitor's center, there was a tunnel for hikers to pass under the road. With the Seattle humidity the concrete was green with moss and the orange light created a very unusual sight. I thought it looked like an alien space craft and had to get a shot. It was pretty dark so my long HDR shots were 30 seconds. I guess it was a popular spot because while I was shooting my HDR series, there were plenty of people that passed through.
We had a grand time at Discovery Park and would highly recommend the hike to everyone. It is possible to drive down to the lighthouse if the hike would be too much for you.