As you might remember, I recently moved to Vancouver, WA (»Movers
). On a recent day off, I decided to explore my new neighborhood. I drove Evergreen Highway from Camas down to I205 and back a couple of times (maybe 10 miles) and found a few cool things.
One was the Vancouver Trout Hatchery.
A real Bridge to Nowhere
An old grist mill wheel
Spring has sprung
Water Wheel Display
I wandered around for awhile. It was really peaceful, but I think I had psyched myself out before I even got to the area. I was driving through the neighborhood and came across a coyote pup in someone's front yard, who then crossed the road. Then I hit the hatchery.......and wandered the grounds and realized no one knows I'm there, other than my car in the parking lot, and I'm wandering around where there are wild animals, in the city again no less. Not to mention that trail was pretty wet and muddy....in tennis shoes wasn't a good idea. I'll go back again (it's 5 minutes from my new place).
The hatchery was cool. One pond had so many fish in it that they were black on top and the waves were fish jumping out. Another pond had a Blue Heron (I think) on top of the nets on it when I arrived. He had a fish in his mouth when I got there....I watched a few minutes and went on my way. He was still there when I came back. So I watched a few minutes and decided to get the longer lens for my camera from the car. I guess I got a little too close because he squawked and flew off. At some point I realized I had a camera around my neck. This image is so wrong on so many levels, but I loved how it turned out. And every time I look at I remember him sitting on the net over the trout pond.
It's been fun exploring my new neighborhood. I can't wait to do more.--
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