|JANUARY 15, 2006 - Mountaineers / Naturalist hike. This was the first nice day of the new year, a perfect
day for a beach hike at Double Bluff on Whidbey Island. Many of
the participants were avid birders who brought binoculars and scopes and
graciously shared them with the group. Through these we were
treated to unforgettable close up views of loons, bald eagles, seals,
and even a sighting of an American Kestrel. There were many
bald eagles flying and roosting in the trees above the bluffs. The
bluffs themselves were amazing, formed of twisted layers of sand and
silt, rising in places more than 300 feet above the shore. There
are two large beds of peat in the lower reaches of the bluff, and small
chunks of peat lay scatter below.
3 miles roundtrip - no elevation gain.