What a great way to celebrate the end of another week of On the Road. I just want to be here in this lovely park. I want to walk down the road and into the forest. I want to see the great blue herons and the nesting sites, and be in or on that stunningly beautiful blue lake. ~WaterGirl
Mike in Oly
I was asked to share more about one of our many marvelous local parks, so here is a brief tour of the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, just north of Olympia, WA. You can read details of its history at this link. This park is a bit of the beaten path, but is quite popular with locals. Mainly just a road out to the point and back, but there is also a mile long loop that takes off thru the woods. Lots of plants and wildlife to see here.
The road out to the bay has been blocked to vehicle traffic and is not maintained as a road any longer. The forest is slowly creeping in on the edges. It is lined with our native big leaf maples, covered in moss, that form a verdant cathedral overhead. Look closely at the photo and you’ll see small figures along the road that give you an idea of the scale of these trees. They are massive. And sadly we are losing them at an alarming rate from a mystery pathogen that as yet to be identified.