Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mercer Slough - #SaturdaySnapshots

I have to admit that the June 13th walk along Mercer Slough wasn't my favorite, mainly because of the mosquitoes! But the nature park was lovely, and the weather was nice and cool. It's amazing that such a quiet, serene green space exists right next to the intersection of two of Seattle's busy freeways -- Interstates 405 and 90.
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Our path took us along a stream...



Among skunk cabbage...

And over the slough.



Raised walkways kept our feet dry.

Portions of the park were closed for renovation and we couldn't visit the Blueberry Farm, but we explored what we could and had a great time.

From the Bellevue, Washington, Parks & Recreation website:
Nestled in the heart of Bellevue, the 320-acre Mercer Slough Nature Park offers a tranquil setting for a variety of recreational experiences: biking, hiking, canoeing , blueberry picking, and environmental education. The Mercer Slough is Lake Washington’s largest remaining wetland, containing hundreds of plant species and an abundance of water resources. The park provides a diverse habitat for over 170 species of wildlife. Interconnected boardwalks, soft surface trails, and asphalt paths transport visitors through this unique urban wetland.

More info:  Mercer Slough Nature Park


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10 comments:

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love your walks! Your part of the country is fabulous...I envy you! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Ginx Craft said...

It does look very beautiful. The great thing about photos is your can ignore the mosquitoes.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I know I'm lucky. Our weather is generally mild so we're able to get out and about almost all year long. Also, our senior center has lots of programs for active folks. That makes a huge difference.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

LOL. That's the truth! We don't have many bugs here, but I guess mosquitoes are to be expected in a marshy area. Next time I'll know to apply repellent.

Poem fanatic said...

It's so great that you can spend so much time outdoors taking in the scenery of your countrysides.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

These hikes and walks have made my life richer in so many ways. I'm lucky to be able to be a part of this group.

bettyl-NZ said...

It certainly looks like a fantastic walk (except for the mozzies!) The scenery is just gorgeous.

Louise said...

That looks a lovely walk, I hope you got to see lots of birds too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It was beautiful and fairly close to home, too. I'll go back again.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

We heard lots of birds, but we didn't actually see many. I guess we were chatting too much and scared them away.