Picnic Lunch and Walk Along Birch Bay Shoreline
July 26, 2012

2012 Herbert E. Lindberg

After we visited Peace Arch Park, Harry and Carol took us to a quiet picnic area along the shore of Birch Bay.  It was a short walk from the picnic area and parking lot to the shore below where we wandered among the driftwood logs and other walkers gathering rocks for polishing.

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On the way to the shore we passed this rusty hunk of old machinery, which turned out to have an interesting history.  In a few words, each machine could process 100 fish per minute and replaced up to 20 Chinese workers.  More complete story: http://stories.washingtonhistory.org/leschi/teaching/pdfs/sts-ironchink.pdf.

Another view, showing the plumbing used to keep the machine spotless and sanitary.

A quick story on the plaque next to the machine.  Click on this picture to see another plaque, about Semiahmoo.

I was not immune to sitting whenever I could.

Same spot, sans cap.

Benched No. 4.   Mary, Carol, and Harry found a bigger and more comfortable log.
Mary's eyes are closed and Harry's nearly closed in the bright beach light.

Now Mary's eyes are open but Harry's are closed.  Oh well.

Way off in the distance on the other side of the bay was this metropolis.  Carol said something about it so I took this full-out telephoto.  Maybe she'll get back to me with a better caption.  We could just barely see the towers with our naked eyes.

There was lots of large driftwood in various states of erosion and human destruction.

The full-scale zoom of this photo (click on the picture) reveals some likely art material for Carol's greeting cards.
The couple walking along the shore were picking up rocks for a project he was working on.

These were pretty and interesting but I don't know more.  Any botanists out there?

Mary is looking good, Herb is hanging in there.

Is Herb about to doze off?

Benched No. 5.   -- on a real bench.

I guess you could say Benched No. 6  because I've taken Harry's place on the bench.


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