Seattle and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Backtracking a bit, I wanted to share a few pictures of my days in Seattle and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge before Andrew’s swim. This is by no means a complete account of what I did, but shows the most interesting things I saw or came upon.

Seattle skyline from ferry

Seattle skyline from ferry

Seahorse sculpture in Seattle Center Park, near Space Needle

Seahorse sculpture in Seattle Center Park, near Space Needle

"The Fountain of the Northwest" by James Fitzgerald, 1962. Sculpture in courtyard of Intiman Theater, Seattle

“The Fountain of the Northwest” by James Fitzgerald, 1962. Sculpture in courtyard of Intiman Theater, Seattle

Carrie and Andrew viewing an installation at Cal Anderson Park, Seattle

Carrie and Andrew viewing an installation at Cal Anderson Park, Seattle

Fish ladder at Ballard Locks, Seattle, where salmon can migrate from the salt water Puget Sound to the freshwater of the Ship Canal and eventually Lake Union and Lake Washington. The ladder allows the fish to swim up through the locks.

Fish ladder at Ballard Locks, Seattle, where salmon can migrate from the salt water Puget Sound to the freshwater of the Ship Canal and eventually Lake Union and Lake Washington. The ladder allows the fish to swim up through the locks.

Sunset at Alki Beach, Seattle

Sunset at Alki Beach, Seattle

The day before the swim, we visited Dungeness Wildlife Refuge on the Strait of Juan de Fuca to walk the beach and surrounding area. The Strait that day was gorgeous, sunny, and clear allowing us to easily see Canada across the pale blue and violet water.

View from cliffs at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

View from cliffs at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

View from Dungeness Spit, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

View from Dungeness Spit, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

View from Dungeness Spit into Strait of Juan de Fuca, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

View from Dungeness Spit into Strait of Juan de Fuca, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Looking into Dungeness Bay from Spit, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Looking into Dungeness Bay from Spit, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

I am now on my way to visit Mount St. Helens National Monument but I’ve scheduled this and the next post to update automatically so you all don’t get swamped with posts. I should be with cell service and internet again in a few days while I travel to North Cascades. I just returned from Mt. Rainier National Park and I can’t wait to share the pictures; it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen yet.