|Our hike started from Chuckanut Highway|
|Rich and Chris|
|Chris on Oyster Dome, no view|
|Samish Flats at low tide|
Oysters start out as larvae, so small that they are invisible to the naked eye. In about a year, they can grow to 1 – 1-1/2 inches. They usually reach market size within 18 months to 2 years time.
|Steve, Carol, Sylvia, Rich, Mike, Chris, Roger, Kirk, me in front of Mike|
|Map showing our hike|
This map shows what we accomplished today. We started at the highway and proceeded up the red line until we met that light green line that shows the trail up to Oyster Dome. They we backtracked to the blue line and up to Lily Lake. We took Max's Shortcut to the big arrow, showing Samish Overlook. Then we headed back down the red line to the road and our cars.
On the way down, we saw this outcropping of monotropa uniflora, also known as ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant. A very exotic and beautiful plant, I learned this from that link:
Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees.It was a real treat to see it! And with that, I conclude this post, having covered more than nine miles and more than 2,500 feet of elevation, with great company and a lot of satisfaction. This was a very special day and now I'm ready to relax into my easy chair.