May 26, 2016
For my birthday I wanted to celebrate by visiting the Nisqually Tribal sites in honor of the Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey 2016. Neither Chuck or I had visited that particular area. We stayed on the outskirts of Lacey/Olympia in a beautiful little cottage just up from the Chahalis Bike Trails and on a lovely farm where you could often hear horses speaking to each other from a large pasture across from the cottage. We brought our bicycles and enjoyed three days of great bike trails and beach hikes. We decorated a beached log with the sand dollars we found. We followed a trail from the Burfoot (Thurston County) Park down to Budd Inlet, where the canoes paddlers would be traveling, before landing at the base of Puget Sound on the Point of Olympia. See www.paddletonisqually.com to follow the Canoe Journey as they traveled in August. We visited the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Details of the history of the beloved Billy Frank Jr. can also be found on the Nisqually web page. We observed and listened to many beautiful birds in the refuge as we walked along the mud flats and estuary trails and along the Nisqually River.