We had nothing planned, and I needed an outing.
Laura and Arn live near Winlock, WA, so we agreed to meet somewhere in between. We had some Open Gardens through the Northwest Perennial Alliance in Pierce County that were available to visit that we could include.
We met up at 10:00 at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge just south of Olympia. Here the Nisqually River empties into Puget Sound, and the delta, which was once diked for farmland, has been recently restored to its natural wetland state.
Wetlands overlook at the visitors center.
Swallows enjoyed the bug menu while flitting over the wetlands.
Geese and ducks lounged and dabbled and nibbled.
Baby Mergansers! So cute.
We walked and talked for several hours, just enjoying being out of doors in nature in mild weather with good company.
I just took my little Canon camera, not wanting to carry around my big camera, so Mr. (or Mrs.) Baldy is a bit fuzzy headed.
We ate a picnic lunch at the delta before heading east to Graham to The Chase Garden, a now owned by The Garden Conservancy, a national organization that preserves outstanding American gardens.
Many of the bloomers were just past their prime, but this is still a lovely place.
But of course the clouds teased us with only the slimmest glimpses of the mountain top or edges. Mt Rainier is hiding just above those trees to the right in this photo. We have been here when it was in full view, and it is amazing.
It was about 3:15 when we headed about five miles north to the Old Goat Farm Garden and Nursery.
I'm not sure if the name refers to this old goat, or the two guys who own it and have created this wonderful garden.
I do know that these old goats enjoyed visiting the "farm".