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Bald Eagles and Fawns

May 30th, 2011
Young Bald Eagle at Sea Cliff Gardens

Young Bald Eagle at Sea Cliff Gardens

These are the best wildlife photos anyone has ever taken at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast!  (You can click on the images to see them bigger–then just click your back-browser button to return to this blog.)

These great shots came to us from one of our favorite returning guests, David Nadalin.

This juvenile bald eagle flew right past David and Carol while they were standing on the edge of the cliff.  He must be close to reaching adulthood, because his head feathers are starting to turn white.  I’m talking about the eagle here, not David. ;)   The bald eagles’ striking white head against a background of black feathers show up when they are four years old.  Until then, they wear a mottled camouflage look.

These twin fawns were wobbly newborns when David and Carol spotted them in our neighbor’s yard from the window of their room at Sea Cliff Gardens. 

The image of the adult bald eagle was captured by David at Dungeness Spit, which is a few miles down the coastline from us.

Adult Bald Eagle at Dungeness Spit

Adult Bald Eagle at Dungeness Spit

You can check out the Facebook page for David’s professional photography here:  (https://www.facebook.com/NadalinPhotography)   Thanks, David!

Twin Newborn Fawns at Sea Cliff Gardens

Twin Newborn Fawns at Sea Cliff Gardens


Join the United States Mint and the National Park Service for the ceremonial launch of the Olympic National Park quarter, the eighth coin released in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.  The event will be held at the Port Angeles City Pier at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14.  Of course, you might want to stay at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast if you’re heading here from beyond the Olympic Peninsula!

Description:  The new quarter shows a Roosevelt elk standing on a gravel river bar of the Hoh River with a view of Mount Olympus in the background. Inscriptions are OLYMPIC, WASHINGTON, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

For more information on the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, you can visit this website:  www.americathebeautifulquarters.gov.

New Olympic National Park Quarter

New Olympic National Park Quarter


Yesterday was fun.  An I-thought-my-legs-would-fall off type of fun.  We hiked the Cape Alava trail, near Lake Ozette, to and along the northwest coast.  That’s a 9.3 mile hike if you trek the whole loop.  After the hike through the rainforest and the boulder-and-wood-strewn obstacle course along the beach, I was remind how utterly wild these beaches remain.  Here at the Olympic National Park, we don’t have driftwood, oh no. We have monumental driftlogs.  And you won’t find froufrou hats or umbrella-topped drinks here.  In fact, we were the only ones on the beach, as far as we could see in either direction. On a calm day like yesterday, it boggled the mind to imagine waves fierce enough to toss these massive tree trunks around like toothpicks. 

Our goal for the hike was to see petroglyphs carved into the rocks at Cape Alava about 300 years ago.  When I saw the ancient carvings, I realized that nothing on this beach had changed in the past three centuries.  Except for a few discarded trappings of modern-day fishermen, all is as it was on the day the Ozette tribe chiseled these images into stone.

Petroglyphs at Cape Alawa

Petroglyphs at Cape Alawa

Petroglyphs Carved by the Ozette Indians

Petroglyphs Carved by the Ozette Indians


Who knew that Sequim has a quarterly Accordion Players shindig?  Apparently a lot of locals, who turn up to dance, or to just listen and tap their feet to a good polka.  I learned about this yesterday when one of our guests, Paul Bria, pulled out his accordion to entertain us.  (I only had to ask him three times.)  What a treat.  Sure got my toes tapping!  ~Bonnie

Paul Bria on the Accordion at Sea Cliff Gardens

Paul Bria on the Accordion at Sea Cliff Gardens


What a treat this morning to find Sea Cliff Gardens featured in Chuck Marunde’s “365 Things to Do in Sequim.”  Here’s a link to our article in his blog, which is well worth reading:  http://www.365thingstodoinsequim.com/365-things-to-do-in-sequim/stay-at-a-sequim-bb/.  Chuck is a 17-year resident of Sequim, and a fine real estate attorney and broker.


These past two weekends were a fun opportunity for Sea Cliff Gardens to give back to the community.  First came the Bed and Breakfast Tour that benefited the Port Angeles Symphony.  Almost 200 people–who had paid the symphony $20 each–crossed our threshold to see the inn (one of seven b&bs on the tour). At the B&B they got to sample chocolate treats from local restaurants, tour the house and gardens, and listen to members of the symphony playing their flutes in our great room.  

Then came the Poker Run Bicycle Ride for the Sequim Dog Park.  About 50 cyclists–who had each paid a $20 entry fee to benefit the Dog Park–pedaled down our driveway (one of seven businesses they visited during their ride).  They each drew a card from our poker deck, and at the end of the ride, whichever cyclist had the best poker hand won a prize. 

Sequim Dog Park Charity Bike Ride Stopping Off at Sea Cliff Gardens

Sequim Dog Park's Charity Bike Ride

The gardens delighted everyone who stopped by, as did the incredibly blue water at the edge of our cliff, thanks to the beautiful weather both days.  And we were delighted to share our b&b with so many new faces, and to be able to help two very special causes!  ~Bonnie

Bed and Breakfast Tour Welcome

Our Gardens Rolled out the Welcome Mat for the Port Angeles Symphony Bed and Breakfast Tour