This is the view from Larry Scott Trail at the point it winds away from paralleling Port Townsend Bay. We’re seeing the lot in which Port Townsend Paper Company parks the empty trailers that bring pulp to feed the paper mill.
The Port Townsend Paper Company operates this paper mill, which sits about a mile out on Larry Scott Trail. The mill is the largest private employer in the county and has provided jobs to the community for decades. Unfortunately, the paper business has been having rough times in the current economy. The mill is still running and we hope it continues to be successful enough to remain open. The loss of it would hit the community very hard.
I’ve noticed these gold colored snails while walking on Larry Scott Trail. I have not seen them in other places and certainly not in our garden. We get plenty of snails (and slugs), but they’re the normal brown ones. I don’t know if the gold ones are a different species or a very local variation of the standard garden pests.
Except for the frequent rain, it’s a lovely time to walk Larry Scott Trail. The wild lupine is in bloom and smells wonderful. The poppies even open up some of the time, when it’s not too dark with clouds.
Another typical May day in Port Townsend. The skies were partly cloudy and the high was about 59. As you can see, fleece is more appropriate than swim wear. It was actually a beautiful day for working outside.