christopher575 (christopher575) wrote,
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Exploring

This is definitely not the time of year to explore a new spot during my normal walking hours, but I had an opportunity to go later yesterday while Garrett had a meeting.



There's really not a lot of legal parking within several miles of where I wanted to start. I used to have a nice spot up at the top of Japanese Gulch near the Boeing recreation center and employee gym, but they added No Parking signs there. I even thought about just parking at Garrett's office, but there are plenty of signs saying not to. Thankfully there's always the Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary.

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You can park there for three hours, but of course you then have to walk past the area where a car jumped the curb a while back and mowed down a pedestrian. Kind of a bummer, but I didn't have enough time to walk up from the bottom of Japanese Gulch. At least, I thought I didn't. The counter was supposed to be installed in the bathroom we're remodeling at 2pm, and the company didn't call to reschedule it until 12:41. Jerks.

The new path I explored was really neat. My research indicates that there was a plan to turn it into a more complex trail system a while back, but that never happened. As far as I can tell, it's mostly there for utility access, and they don't care if people walk there, but they also don't publicize the fact that it's there.

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I actually noticed the trail head a couple of years ago, but at the time it had a bunch of construction signs. Once those disappeared, I figured it was just an access road leading to the back of a nearby manufacturer. Turns out it goes right past it and just keeps going. There may be even more to see that I didn't get to on the other side of the creek, but this bridge was covered in tons of leaves and I didn't feel like crossing it when I couldn't see it.

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It was a gorgeous fall day but I had a hard time finding good photos. Sometimes in the forest there's just nothing to focus on until you get to a neat plant for a closer shot.

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I wanted to follow the path all the way to where it emerges by the house our friend Barbara bought about six months before she died, but there was a huge fallen tree that I didn't feel like contending with. I could see the house at the end of the street so I knew I was quite close and didn't miss much. And of course when I turned around, the rest of the walk was uphill. A landscaping crew near the trail head found a very picturesque spot for their portapotty.

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It was a neat trail, but I can't imagine I'll visit it often. Maybe next time I feel like doing a really epic walk starting at Japanese Gulch. Or when I decide to have another look at Narbeck. I parked there, but didn't actually enter.

This morning was a nice long walk at Langus, though I turned back sooner than I planned to when I found a boat, knowing that whoever parked it was surely about to be hunting illegally up ahead. Not long after, I heard gunshots from that direction and was glad I left. Still got plenty of distance, though.

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And here are some nice shots from my last visit in the dark to the tank farm.

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