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Exploring Newcastle Island (Saysutchun) (+10 insets!)

Exploring Newcastle Island (Saysutchun) (+10 insets!)
(+10 insets!) (This image looks best at full size! :D) (Please scroll down to Today's Pictures for more information about the insets)

A Proper Exploration of the Island
Steve and I finally felt satisfied with our visit to the amazing tidal flats and made our way back over to the trailhead to begin our hike along the coast. On one side, deep, thick, healthy forest headed up and away towards the center of the island while the trail hugged the edge of the coast on the other side, with wonderful views of the ocean all the way.

Seafaring vessels could be seen in a constant stream and we would often stop and look out between the trees to watch as they went by. Smaller ones were common--sailboats, yachts, jet boats, fishing boats and others we couldn't identify. Large watercraft made their presence known as well--container ships and oil tankers cruised silently by far out on the water and ferries too--huge ones unlike the cute little guy we rode on to get to the island. Of course we couldn't resist taking lots of pictures and you'll see plenty included today as insets.

The weather couldn’t have been better on this wonderful day--it was overcast and cloudy but perfectly comfortable! I wondered if it would be terribly windy but it was just right—a bit of breeze but nothing strong or blustery. How lucky we were. There have been plenty of times when it's been raining on a day that we'd hoped to go on a hike; other times it might be sunny but the wind was just furious and miserable! You always throw the dice when it comes to the weather and we always appreciated good fortune!

Into the Forest We Go!
Eventually the coastal trail headed inland and we disappeared into the shadowy forest with its tall trees of mixed species. Most were conifers that filled the air with their rich, pungent pine aroma and muffled the sounds of our footsteps as we walked on the needle-covered path. Making our way through the forest, I could not help feeling a warmth of gentle presences around me—more than just the trees that I normally felt. I sensed there were others around us and it was a bit peculiar to me as I have only felt this on a rare occasion. Who knows if it was just me wanting to feel that there was more going on here than just a cool island with a lovely hiking trail. All I can tell you is that it was very different and I felt very good there.

Through the trees we saw the forest opening up with flashes of water beyond. It was a beautiful small lake covered with lily pads and water plants, dead conifers spiking up to the sky in the center. Logs littered the edges, some of which were covered by moss and dense thickets of plants. We were enchanted by the beauty of this lovely, emerald gem, and enjoyed the view for many long moments, taking in all the details we could before we took pictures to remember this special place by.

Walking on towards our bikes, it wasn't long before we arrived--along with our massive appetites! We pulled out our spread of cheese and sausage, bbq pork rinds and fauxtato salad, along with lots of water, and sat on a driftwood log for our feast. How nice that we were back at the tidal flats to sit and look out at that wonderful place again.

What a Ride!! AKA: WHEEEEEE!!!! :D
Once we were satisfied and ready for a bike ride, we got everything stowed away, put on our backpacks and helmets and off we went! Both of us have recently replaced our old mountain bikes and cannot believe how easy it is to make it up steep hills now. The new gearing on current bikes is really impressive, so instead of pushing our bikes up these fairly substantial hills, we rode all the way up without stopping! AMAZING! Both of us were gasping for breath when we finally reached the crest but felt extremely pleased with our successful climb.

As it turned out, we'd gotten the hardest climb out of the way and the rest of our ride was full of fabulous screaming downhills, zipping through the forest on nice, wide trails and plenty of lovely views accented with glimpses of the ocean through the trees. It was a fantastic ride and we were totally exhilarated as we finally emerged from the cover of trees and arrived back at the visitor's kiosk.

Island Stewardship and a Wave Goodbye
There was just a few minutes before the ferry arrived so we looked around at some of the interesting informational displays they'd set up to describe the island's history and explain the plans they had for the future. The island had gone through many changes through the years. It had been used as a fish salting plant, a shipyard, a sandstone quarry and even a luxury resort. However, today it is a protected marine park and set up for its traditional purpose—a medicinal healing destination and a place for First Nation people to come together for special events. We were very impressed that these gentle folk had returned this island to a better place and felt extremely glad for the opportunity to explore its beauty.

When we saw the little ferry approaching in the distance, we waved to the friendly fellow there who was now talking to another couple and walked our bikes down the ramp to the dock. What a fantastic day it was--what a great adventure! We were so happy that we'd gotten the chance to visit.

Today's Pictures
The main image today shows the beautiful lake that we found on our hike—Mallard Lake—and I think you'll agree that it's pretty cool. I could have easily spent an entire day taking pictures here, and it's probably a good thing that I didn't have my macro lens with me or I'd still be there!

Insets include lots of boats that we saw, a panorama of the forest, a view of the ocean through the trees, another picture of the pond, and a pretty feather that I noticed on the trail. I hope you like the show! :)

Pam, this place really was so very magical. Everything about Saysutchun was special. The experience of visiting this place would have been so nice to share with you but I hope that my writing and pictures have captured the experience well enough that you can picture it for yourself! I hope all is well with you, it's been cold and wet here but otherwise very nice! *BIG HUGS from southern Oregon* :)

Explored on 2/02/20; highest placement #10.

fifi, Rafael, Thorsten Aurin, Misou 49 and 39 other people have particularly liked this photo

27 comments - The latest ones
Nouchetdu38 club
A nice and interesting exploration!!!!!!!
Have a nice weekend!******
5 months ago.
Chrissy club
Am allermeisten liebe ich die Feder <3
5 months ago.
niraK68 club
great Nature
5 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
fantastic pictures
5 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Fantastic, Janet !
5 months ago.
 Petar Bojić
Petar Bojić club
Nicely composed photo!
5 months ago.
cammino club
A forest maintained close to its natural state is now also the aim of foresters here in Germany. Very nice series!
5 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
Beautiful set of pictures - and i like the scenery in the main picture.
5 months ago.
trester88 club
Beeindruckende Landschaften! Ich mag die wilde Natur im Hauptbild!
In PiP #1 sehe ich einen Zaun. Einen verspäteten HFF, Janet, und ein schönes Wochenende!
5 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Another super series of images and wonderful narrative Janet,
Your photographs are always interesting
5 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
vooral die bemoste boomstam die valt me direct op---Prachtig!
5 months ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Wonderful story and photos of your adventures on the island. Thanks for sharing with us.
5 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Una maravilla de fotografías. Me gustan todas, especialmente la del viejo bosque.
5 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent series!
5 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
5 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club


5 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Spectacle grandiose dans un paysage merveilleux ! De belles vues aussi su les bateaux ! Un régal pour les yeux !
Bon dimanche, Janet !
5 months ago.
uwschu club
was für ein schöner Biotop
5 months ago.
neira-Dan club
encore une belle série sur la nature
5 months ago.
annaig56 club
vraiment magnifique panorama et belle photo de dame nature
5 months ago.
 Lee & Luv
Lee & Luv club
This is impressive. Magic without sun. A surreal place. :-)
Thanks for sharing!
5 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A superb choice for your main image's just magnificent! I love the waterlilies and the moss and other plants growing on the fallen tree and the dead trees standing like sentinels in the background. The cloud cover has given you some gorgeous diffused light, which has really brought out the colours.

Another fine selection of images in the have a lovely little collection of ships and boats and I especially like the mono ones.

The feather is particularly lovely and beautifully detailed. My fave shot in the PiPs is the 2nd one with the view through the forest with the fallen trees covered in moss.

Your narratives are always interesting but I particularly enjoyed this one. Your descriptions of how you felt walking in the forest and the sheer excitement of the downhill stretch of your bike ride were just wonderful.
5 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh wow you really did have a wonderful place to explore and you have shared those wonderful views with us. It's amazing that a lot of those logs etc have such a lot of moss on them. I loved to hear that you felt a presence of good will when there - that's a great feeling.
5 months ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
What a fantastic place to explore yet again , so impressive and you are so lucky to get to these out of the way spots , another fine set Janet -the feather is a real cracker in amongst the other pics, Beautiful as always
4 months ago.
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Yes, I like the show - very much, and I had to smile because you thought it was good not to have your macro lens with you... :))
4 months ago.
Ecobird club
What an amazing and beautiful place you have captured Janet. It looks so quiet and peaceful you could hear a pin drop. I love how natural it all looks and I really like those dead trees in the water. I imagine they will still be there for many years to come. A delightful series, - love the blue feather you found. I reall loved your notes and the desription of your adventure, - particularly the 'screaming downhills and zipping through the forest'. It made me smile. I could feel your elation in the words you used!
4 months ago.
RHH club
Finally able to comment! A very busy day yesterday and then we left in the evening, drove through the night and arrived home about 5 am! We are both shattered and are going to bed as soon as I've finished this note. We're so discombobulated that we thought it was a week later and went to Lakeland for our committee meeting only to realize that it's next week and not this week, and because we'll be on our way to Texas we'll miss the meeting. Don't tell anyone, but I'd rather be headed for Texas.

These photos are fabulous! Two favorites, and I can't decide between them, the main photo and the panorama of the trail. Makes my heart ache to get out on the trail again when I see a photo like that. That wonderful lake, which looks to be seldom visited, is an eye-grabber as well. Love the boats, too, but you know that the photos of nature are much more appealing than the boats.

Wonder what bird the blue feather is from. Bluebird, Jay? Have no idea, but if I'd have found it I'd put it behind the hatband of my hiking hat.

Came home this morning to forecasts of snow and a snowblower, a great big beast of a machine parked in the garage and ready to go, courtesy of the kids. They think I'm too old and decrepit to shovel snow so they bought us a snow blower so big that this old and decrepit fellow is going to have to make sure it doesn't run off with him.

Leaving Scott and Rose and the grandkids was tough. The kids wept bitterly and Rose now has only Scott's help!!!!! He's actually more help than we are, but we just waded in and shoved him aside in his own home for three weeks. Poor guy! The only duty he had was making coffee for all of us and disciplining the kids when they misbehaved, something I can't do. Their misbehavior makes me laugh, perhaps because it's payback for all the times Rose misbehaved when she was a kid. Had good roads all the way home and made good time, too. So good to be home again, though we won't be here long.

Bed is calling, however, and I'm off. Will finish this later, but didn't want anyone to think I'd entirely disappeared.

Got several hours of sleep but am still feeling woozy. Must have been this morning and last night also. Hurried home for the HRC meeting at Lakeland and went to Lakeland and wandered the corridors wondering where everyone was until we realized it was the first and not the second Monday of the month. Went home and slept instead.

Now we are playing catch up and trying to get ready for our Texas trip and for Ed and Jess and Evelyn's arrival on Friday. They'll be here the weekend and then we'll be away again as well. In the meantime trying to get the car serviced, arranging to pick up stuff from REI, getting grocery lists together, and catching up all the stuff that gets neglected when one is away.
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.

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