Washington State Park

So I was clearing out my ipod before leaving for Peru (gotta get all the storage I can get) and found some pictures and a post from when I went to Florida for spring break as the babysitter for a family I’ve babysat for for years. I thought I would share.

(Sorry for the picture quality > these are all from my ipod touch since this is post-camera destruction and pre-camera buying.)

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I took an AWESOME hike this morning while vacationing with the Erhets. I took the morning off to do a little 2.5 hour hike. I had thought about doing more, but children and the beach called. And I thought I was pretty lucky to get that much time completely to myself on a working vacation.

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Awesome sunken forest

I started off on Cassine trail which connects to the forest and actually was my favorite part. It only took me about half an hour to hike this blue blazed trail which connects to then orange loop after passing by a gorgeous bit of Easter Lake, one of the regions dune lakes.

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I appreciate a well-marked trail

Cassine trail was nice and narrow which meant you felt much more in the thick of nature. I saw a lot of things from my nature hike the day before: wild rosemary, pines, British soldiers, cypress, and sunken forests with tannin stained waters.

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Tannin stained waters are pretty cool.

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The raptor swooped down near the trees on the left side of this photo.

I was hiking by myself for the first time and did not see another soul on the hike. Lots of birds and heard the rustle of some other animals. The best part was while sitting by the lake writing this post I saw some bird of prey soaring around. Then it swooped down to the water and with a crash and a splash caught a fish and flew away. Pretty neat!

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I think they forgot to add some planks

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Not the coolest “trail” but still fun!

One thing though that was super eerie was hearing some big booms, like explosions, while hiking. I’m sure they were just doing demolition for development or something but it reminded of war movies or transformers movies. Especially when I then heard a helicopter fly overhead.

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No need to leave bread crumbs, I can just follow my footprints back!

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However overall it was peaceful, lovely, and cool. Perfect weather too, sunny and cool so that by the end you are hiking in leggings, shorts, and a tee. Happy day!

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About Meg LaFollette

I studied abroad in Fiji for 5 months in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with traveling! I went to New Zealand right after and then Peru this summer. When not traveling (and sometimes during) I love healthy, environmentally conscious living. Animals, biology, horses, and behavior are other passions of mine.
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