I was so pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed meandering through this wildlife refuge on my drive from Seattle to Portland (a pleasant place to stop halfway and have a picnic). It's a hidden gem that doesn't get much attention but is so pretty and peaceful. It reminded me a bit of my native Florida b/c it was marshy in parts. I saw lots of red-winged blackbirds sitting on reeds, and even saw a flying bald eagle and a swimming otter carrying grasses. It helps if you ask at the visitor center to borrow their binoculars (you just have to leave your driver's license).
It is quiet and has lots of boardwalks and wide-open trails with ponds and grasses on either side rather than trees, which is quite different from the dense forest hikes for most of Washington.
It's worth supporting them, as I'm always happy when we have refuges as a peaceful sanctuary for wildlife.
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