The water of many names
Land is so different up here. Towns run along rivers and mountains. Islands inhabit cities and water changes name within waves.
Perhaps you’ve heard of it, The Puget Sound. Simply it is a body of water that has made its way inland from the Pacific Ocean. Doing some reading i’m finding its much more then that. I’ll keep this short as to not bore you, but it has me slightly captivated. This, nothing else quite like it, Puget Sound has unique geology, hydrology and biology. This isn’t your run of the mill body of water that has trickled inland. It has a well defined marine ecosystem and is also is surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful mountains! To the West are The Olympic Mountains and the Vancouver Island Range and to the East you have the “US Alps” also known as the Cascades. Interesting enough the fresh water melting off the mountains and glaciers make this a fresh water but remember i also said it’s the Pacific Ocean so it is also salt water. See what i mean…intriguing!
From one place to another on this vast water you can see bays, rivers, mudflats, rocky shores, eelgrass beds…
mussels, Salt marshes, snails, crabs, shrimp, Gravel beaches, Bluffs, Orcas, salmon,
The elusive Giant Pacific octopus, Coralline red algae, wind surfers,
Tide systems, seals, sea lions, otter, whales, and an array of other wondrous species. It’s a treasure cove here.
Not only is it the Pacific ocean, it is also part of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Please don’t count on me to teach you proper pronunciation of these things, i’m pretty sure the locals will start hating me as soon as i try to pronounce certain words). While exploring the Puget waters the other day Jace asked how it got its name, which led me to all this mind numbing research. According to, the ever so reliable, wikipedia “In 1792 George Vancouver gave the name “Puget’s Sound” to the waters, in honor of Peter Puget, a lieutenant accompanying him on the Vancouver Expedition.” Super intriguing. But not really. Frankly i had to stop reading because it gets very technical and confusing. For example: The waters between point A & B are named X, while the waters between C & W are named Y and then the water above, below and criss cross from LMNOP are named Z. See how one could get confused? I simply say that whether it be Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Strait of Georgia..Vancouver…Olympic, or the Salish Sea, please just respect it and let it bless our beautiful world.
*pictures were taken at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve