|Above-Average Sunset in Birch Bay|
2. Birch Bay State Park. The park stretches almost a mile along the ocean, and offers a great place to picnic or play. It has open space for Frisbee and football, a basketball court, and lots of picnic tables. It provides a great vantage point from which to view the unfolding sunsets. With the park, access to the ocean is always available.
|Shoreline of Birch Bay State Park|
3. Wildlife on Terrell Creek. Terrell is a small creek connected to the ocean. At one time, salmon migrated up the stream, and efforts are underway to restore it for salmon. It lies a few feet from my deck(s) and window(s), so I get a good view of all the action going on in and around it. The creek ebbs and flows with the ocean, attracting a wide variety of wildlife. Heron regularly come to spear little fish. Sometimes river otters swim in to catch fish and munch on them on the creek bank. All types of ducks float on the creek, efficiently diving for their prey. A kingfisher is usually sitting on a telephone line that crosses the creek, waiting to drop life a rock to scoop up a small meal. Eagles and hawks regularly fly by. You know they are around when you hear the sea gulls screaming their heads off. In the spring and summer, the sweeps and bats are busy darting about, feeding on bugs in the evening.
|River Otter in Terrell Creek (photo by Jim Kundell)|
5. Lots of other things. I have to cheat and have more than one fifth favorite thing about Birch Bay. These rank about the same:
The C Shop (Great neighbors; the best chocolate and bread.)
Clean Air/Cool Summers (After living most of my life in the south, my sweat glands were pumped up; they have now atrophied after a few years here. The temperature very rarely reaches 80, and when it does, the ocean breeze makes it tolerable. The oxygen-rich air from the ocean is energizing.)
|Ice Cream at the C Shop, a Birch Bay Hub|
July 4th Celebration (Crazy anarchy rules the day; uncoordinated mayhem in the skies over the Bay)
Moderate Politics (If I had a choice, I would to be surrounded by people who think as I do -- sort of like living in San Francisco. The second best option is to have competitive politics in which the winner is often the person closest to the reasonable middle.)
Squirting Clams (When the tide is way out, you can walk out several hundred yards on the tide lands and find the squirting clams. They can be identified by the holes in the sand, often with the ends of their small "tubes" they send up to … I don’t know, breath or eat or something. If you stick your toe in the hole, touch the “tube” with a stick, or stomp hard by the hole, the clam usually will squirt out some water. The best ones with have a mighty squirt, with water falling on your head, or at least, on a leg. A competitive sport with a kid is to go out and see who can get the other person the wettest from clam squirts.)
|Waiting for the Fireworks on July 4th|
|Birch Bay with Canadian Cascades in the Background|