Sunday, February 5, 2012

English Boom Historical Park

Last year, my friend Kari shared some pictures of a beautiful park on Camano Island, and ever since then, I've been wanting to go there.  The weather has been warm and sunny here for the past few days, so I thought I'd take her up on it when she invited me and the kids to go there on Friday.

English Boom Historical park is on the north shore of Camano Island.  It's one of the quickest parks to get to on the Island because of this.  We went at about 4:00 in the afternoon, so because the hills block the sun, it was shady and cool, even on this sunny afternoon.  It's a nature preserve and there's a wooden boardwalk type trail through the salt marshes and it's right on the mud flats of the south end of Skagit bay.  In the 1920's and '30's it was the site of a log boom, one of many huge storage yards along the sound, where logging operations would store, then ship out logs to many mills around the sound.

When we arrived, just one other couple was at the tiny park.  The kids and I went straight out onto the sandy mudflat because the tide was out.  We explored, finding barnacles and rockweed everywhere.  There were bits of very old broken pottery scattered about that we guessed were probably remnants of the days of the log boom.  We were careful to leave everything we found behind and admired the picturesque beauty of this place at the end of a lovely day.  We'll need to go there again and explore the trail!

Alder cones

mussel shells and alder cones

View of the Cascades.  You can see Whitehorse, Three Fingers and Pilchuck

barnacle jar

barnacles on wood pilings

levi found a garden tool
birdie footprints

signs of people

a tiny little pond

feeling the squishy muddy

Mt. Baker

Salt Marsh
cute little pink shells
God had some fun with his paintbrush
dusk in Stanwood


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