Friday, June 10, 2011

Trek Weekend : June 4th & 5th

Bighorn Sheep
The first weekend here and the stuff has not arrived and there is nothing left to do at the house till we get our things. 
Let's explore our area. 
Canadian geese (visitors)

Red Eagle

 We decided to do the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park for a Saturday excursion. This park is located in Peirce county and focuses on our native wildlife. Check out the wildlife! You pay for a tram tour in the open range area to see the herbivores in a protected enclosure.

The carnivores are in separate habitat enclosures. The smaller creatures are also in habitat enclosures. You can also hike through a easy trail through the forest or take a difficult trek further on a loop around the park (give at least 2 hours for this hike). They have a restaurant, gift shop, childrens' learning center, interpretive kiosks and more!

Bull Elk herd

Grizzly Bear
Bison Babies and mamas - Bison are SO CUTE!
 Sunday, we drove over to the Olympic Peninsula. Gig Harbor was having a festival with a classic yacht show and US Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Drove up the east section of 101 to the Hood Canal area. Stopped in Alyn to look at the wood carvings and have some icecream. 

We continued on to Hoodsport and stopped in at the Olympic Parks Visitors Center to learn more about the region. Since driving around the peninsula would be a weekend-long excurtion, we opted to take a drive up to the Staircase. 

Bald Eagle
We ate a seafood dinner at The Tides in Hoodsport. It was decent food. We shared the all-fried admiral plate. They have awesome fried clamsstrips and the cod was good. 
We drove back to the apartment with a few days worth of tourism literature and maps. We plan on going back to explore the peninsula in sections. It's bigger than it seems. I didn't get photos Sunday because the camera was dead. Don't worry, we will be back.

 I can't believe we actually LIVE HERE!
Mt Rainier on a beautiful, clear day! On the drive from the Park to our House.

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