America the Beautiful

Some nights when I have trouble sleeping I get online and find some sites with funny or clever pictures. This is one I came across recently which does a pretty good job of summarizing the country…

I am near Tacoma, Washington, waiting for lunch hour traffic to clear before getting back on the road to get north of Seattle by mid-afternoon. I will have pictures from the Tacoma Museum of Glass to post tonight or tomorrow.

The weather has improved so hopefully I will be taking more pictures. I have been in kind of a rut lately.

Chinook Salmon!

While I was in Olympia I learned that the salmon are starting their migration to spawn. Under the 5th Street I could see them (LOTS of them) swimming frantically about, waiting their turn to jump to the next level up before the nearby sea lions grabbed them.

They were huge – at least two feet long, I’m sure. From the Budd Inlet they will go into Capital Lake and ultimately the Deschutes River.

UPDATE – I went back and looked at my pictures from the Salmon Hatcheries and according to a sign there Chinook Salmon can grow to be up to 3 feet long.  The ones I saw were underwater and some distance away but they could have been close to that length.