We had a gorgeous, clear day on the Saturday of President's Day Weekend, so I decided to take a day trip down to Thurston County, to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.
The refuge is located near Olympia, at the bottom of the Puget Sound region, south of Tacoma. It's about a 45 minute drive from my house.
Unfortunately, I did not realize just how cold and windy it was going to be down here, on the water. I was completely unprepared for it. When I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed all the other people hitting the trails bundled up with hats, scarves, gloves and winter coats. I was wearing a short sleeved tshirt under a denim jacket. I froze my chicklets off and had to cut my hike short b/c I was freezing.
Lots of lichen on the trees
The snow covered, craggy Olympic Mountains were just stunning!
I was disappointed that there were no bald eagles out and about, due to the cold wind.
The Nisqually River is fed by the Nisqually Glacier on Mt. Rainier and flows all the way down to Puget Sound.