with no shoulders
and a drop off to your left.
Today made more fun with the presence of bikes on a road race / event. Fast bikes and slow bikes. Bikes not staying on their side of the fog line.
But I went to Larrabee knowing that it, like Washington Park, is situated on a scoured off rock face overlooking Strait of Georgia / Juan de Fuca. It is under the slim influence of the rain shadow, just like Washington Park to the southwest. I was hoping to find some unique plant life.
I also have a new pair of hiking shoes to try out. This park presents a nice steady climbing grade that will give them (and me) a good trial. Not as steep with distance as Umtanum, but a good 1000 gain in 1 1/2 mile.
I found, when I arrived, that there was a 50K ultra run going on. Yes 50 Km through the woods over hill and dale, stumbling rocks, roots and some pretty steep hills. It takes them up to 8 hours to run the course. I had a nice chat with a fellow manning one of the resource stations. He was alone and made use of his idle time by moving old bridge planks from a pile in the woods to the back of his pick up truck. Volunteers, you got to love them.
This park is known for its fossil deposits near the beach. I did not visit them, but yet again have another "to do" on my list. Inside the woods you often come upon sudden rock outcrops and cliff faces that show where glaciers of the Ice Age carves out the inland sea and its islands.
Rock like this holds little top soil and usually supports a unique population of plants. Today I found Maidenhair Fern. They like rock and humus, certainly not a common thing in my homeland of central Puget Sound.
I also found Deer Fern fiddleheads. I have never seen them this fresh. They made a pretty picture.
I took a spur trail to the overlook because on a day like this, there is plenty to see.