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We are camped at Clallum Bay. The weather was beautiful and we walked out on what the locals call an agate beach. From this sand spit we could see nearby Sekiu, pronounced see-Q, across the bay.DSC09955 (Copy)

The waves bring up piles of polished stones. You could pick them up by the handful. It is very pretty and an excellent place to kayak. But, we found no place to rent a kayak.

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We walk over a bridge to get to the beach. A channel of clean, shallow water flows on the land side of the sand spit, which is where I had hoped to kayak.

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We drove the short distance to Sekiu and looked down on their fishing fleet.

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Each one of these long plank piers has a fish cleaning station.

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The gulls wait for any little morsel the cleaners drop or throw to them.

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Then they bring it to the water’s edge and fight over it.

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Most of the campers come her to fish. They bring in King Salmon and we saw it at a fish house for $6 a lb. Unbelievable. Unfortunately, they were closed. A note on the door explained:  Closed “Dale is gone… ” couldn’t read where he was gone from the car window. Hope to get salmon today.

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Right in the marina parking lot are three huge “stacks.” The sea eroded the land around them. This harder block of rock, didn’t wash away. But it tells you how deep the soil was and how much of it washed into the water.

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On the road here, multiple logging trucks, whiz by loaded with what looks like toothpicks. The locals say they haul them to Port Townsend to be shipped to China. It seems wrong to me, and one guy we talked to, that we ship our natural resources to China and leave the locals looking at clear cuts for such skinny trees.

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This clear-cut, taken from the moving M.Home is much uglier than shown. I didn’t get the  huge mounds of graying cut slash. It seems stupid to let China have our wood to make stuff and sell it back to us, when we are threatened by forest fires and cutting down our carbon sink. Right now it is the freshest, cleanest air you can breathe. Hope it stays that way.

I don’t vote in Washington, but it seems to me a serious enough issue to rate National Curbs on cut size and method. My rant for the day, I guess.




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    I think those ” toothpicks” are mote likely pulpwood than timber destined for China. They want trees for lumber. Getting any law passed that would hurt our drastically downsized timber industry would be mission impossible. Logs have just recently started to be exported again after many years. The numbers are very small, so far. I don’t know about Canada exports. I would be interesting to know.

    • 2gadabout

      Possibly so. I asked the owner of our campground where the mill was for the logs we were seeing load, after load, after load. He said, not a mill, they ship them to China from Port Townsend. Only one person’s perspective. It is as you say, about a downsized industry. Same problem in my county. But, clear cutting is still an abominable practice in my opinion. I’m grateful to know there are scientist working on making paper from some other fiber than trees. Thanks for stopping by.

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