Hikes & Exploration #1

Hikes & Exploration #1

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Nisqually, Wa

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In the last couple of weeks, I’ve started going to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge on a semi frequent schedule. When browsing around on the web one night, I came across a blog about this place, a place that I’d never heard of before that was not far from my house. After checking out some trip reports about this place on the Washington Trails Association webpage, I was hooked. I needed to check this place out. So, armed with my camera and good intentions, I headed out.

From my house, it’s about a 45 minute mostly freeway drive. Not that far for me since I’m used to driving that much or more to go to work or visit with friends. Though after visiting this place, I do wish it was closer so that I could go all the time.

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The wildlife here is abundant, and the care that goes in to maintaining this place is wonderful. The boardwalk trails are all in amazing condition. Along the boardwalk, there are plenty of informative signs about the wildlife and plantation that grows naturally, as well as standing viewfinders at some of the more interesting points in the trail to take a closer look at some of the waterfowl that are always around. I’ve also heard that you can check out a pair of binoculars from the visitor center by leaving a driver’s license or credit card at the counter (I’ve never done this, since I just use the 55-200mm lens with my camera haha).

Every time I come here, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen. The first time I visited, I was startled by a doe emerging from beneath the boardwalk and running up the hill beside me. The next, I watched as a bald eagle swooped down beside me to grab up some lunch before perching atop a nearby tree. Most recently, I stumbled upon a family of river otters playing in the river for a little while before scampering off into the trees.

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All in all, I greatly enjoy every visit to this refuge. It’s a gorgeous and serene place to spend some time. And by far, one of my favorite places to visit.


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