Hiking Willapa National Wildlife Refuge – Saturday was the last day of my trip, and I set off early for the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. I’m not really one for “drives,” as I tend to hate sitting in a car, but this was a fairly short, extremely scenic one. This landscape is like no other I’ve seen in the Pacific Northwest. There’s a wildness to it, a starkness, that’s nonetheless deeply beautiful. As should be the case with a wildlife refuge, there was an abundance of birds, not always seen, but always heard. There’s another art walk (denizens of Long Beach love their art), and that leads to a longer, steeper hike called “Cutthroat Climb.” It wasn’t particularly cutthroat, but it was a climb. I’d been told more than once to bring mosquito repellent, but a) I didn’t have any with me, and b) I tend to not take good advice, even when I should. The downside of that is, I left the refuge with about 25 mosquito bites. The moral of that story is, bring repellent, or don’t stop moving! The upside is, I was bitten about 50 times this summer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and am apparently immune to the itching. Woot woot!
This trail is representative of the typical Pacific forest, with spruce, alder, hemlock, salal, huckleberry, deer fern, sword fern, and oxalis.
The forest was alive with bird song. And at the top of the hill there was a labyrinth. This was particularly fortuitous for me, as my trip coincided with a ladies’ labyrinth walk I was missing in Portland. How lovely to find this special treat, just waiting for me. Not for nothing, I was completely alone on the hike; something I really appreciate, and something that is increasingly rare around here…
I got back to the hotel in time to pack up, eat my delicious leftovers, and say goodbye to Dusty, the lovely, friendly, helpful gal at the front desk, and just because I wasn’t ready to leave Long Beach just yet, I decided to stop at the Kite Museum. Here are some super cool kites featured at the kite museum.
And here are some super cute posters from Long Beach International Kite Festivals of yore:
Don’t be like all, “now that I’ve seen all this on Leila’s blog, I don’t need to go to the kite museum myself.” Trust me, there’s still plenty to see, not the least of which are the many kite flying videos shown from around the world. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
So there it is, my weekend stay in Long Beach, Washington. So glad I went. If you’ve never been, check it out, and when you go, say hello to my new friends at the Adrift!