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Walking on Camano Island, Washington.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

This was my third trip to Island County in 6 days. Monday I hopped a ferry to Kingston, Thursday I went birding with a friend and ended up on Camano Island and today I returned specifically to do two Volkswalks that were new to me.

After checking in at the Ace Hardware, I drove to Iverson Spit Preserve to begin YRE # 1008. When I was here on Thursday the wind was whipping and the birds were hiding. Today I saw many species of land and shore birds as I began the walk with a loop through the nature preserve.

At 3k the route leaves the preserve and walks along the spit on the road. The homes between the road and the water are a mix of small beach homes and large new modern homes.

At the end of the road, a trail leads up to the top of the bluff so one can get the bird’s eye view. On a nice day we would be able to see the Cascade Mountains.

The route makes two loops on the bluff, one following a country road to a street with nice homes overlooking the water; the second has a more rural feel with pastures and farms. The loops complete, I marched down the hill and back to my car.

New this year, YRE #1920 replaces the walk that toured the two Washington State Parks on the south end of the island. Since the state started changing $10 per day for use, this tour of the Island County Parks on the north end of the island was a good alternative.

Parking for the walk was at a very small picnic area on a bluff on Utsalady Point. Elevation 103 ft. The first instruction, make a loop down to the point and return. Walking for a while on the main hwy, the route turns into a relatively new development built on a hill. I saw a herd of white tail deer crossing the road; my photos didn’t turn out. About 2/3 the way up the hill, we joined a fitness path that was a hiking/running trail through the woods to the top. Elevation 538 Ft

When I previewed the instructions, I had wondered why the trailmaster had us walk the complete oval that was Kingswood lane. The answer was clear when I arrived. My Oh My, the view from the top! You can see in all directions. It must be spectacular when the mountains are visible.

There was no where to go but down….and down again. Through neighborhoods and along country lanes until I was at sea level again.

Maple Grove Road did not seem a good name for the small lane lined with beach homes, but it was interesting to see the various artworks like Lady Liberty or this junk bug.

After a picnic lunch at the boat launch I climbed again to the road and back to the start.
88% of the way done -- 12 walks to go!
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