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Indian pipe

In the morning we got to watch more wildlife including a juvenile eagle who was continually harassed by nesting gulls. At one point a gull was above him and he flipped his talons up in midflight and continued right over. It was cool to watch. I felt sorry for the poor guy! When the gulls quit, the crows took over. We took a hike around the island, a nice one mile loop. It was convenient that there was a campground with an outhouse since our heads (that would be sea talk for toilets!) on the boat were misbehaving. So while we hiked, David got to work on the plumbing. The island has a nice forest and the most impressive thing were the Indian Pipes growing under the trees. Indian pipe is a plant that has no chlorophyll and is pure white. A host tree provides nutrition to the plant by its roots and the Indian pipe can’t live without it.

Banana slug
The other impressive thing (in a gross way) in the forest was the banana slugs. You really wanted to watch where you walked because a step on them is better left to your imagination. They are huge and come in a choice of two colors - ugly yellow or a nice black. I like the black better!

The wind had died out during the morning so we motored over to Sucia Island. We moored in the bay next to Echo Bay and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon. Chris and Jennifer took the kayaks out while Brian and Barb took a hike on the island. I took a nice refreshing nap. We decided to stay moored here for the night. There was no wind to sail and it was just a peaceful place to be.

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Indian pipe
Indian pipe
Banana slug
Banana slug
Sucia Island
photo by: kranzj