We spent a couple of recent weekends with Brendan and Billi visiting Seattle (Pike Place Market) and hiking/camping in the Cascade Mountains. Our main objective in the Cascades was to find a Rubber Boa, but we were unable to find one. We did, however, find long-toed salamanders, which was also a treat, and we did some great hiking in the beautiful Central Washington country-side.
Us on the ferry with Seattle still far in the distance.
Long-toed Salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum)
On another trip to Olympia, we went to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, where we saw our first Barn Owl, among other things, including:
An American Bittern hiding in the reeds.
A Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla).
A beautiful Northwestern Garder Snake (Thamnophis ordinoides).
We got to see this playful river otter just long enough to snap a shot!