After some down time at my hotel, I wanted to get some biking in and headed to the Chehalis Western Trail, it was a pretty standard rail to trail that went thru communities and forested area with some nice view. The trail was closed or construction on the southern half, so I only got in a 22 mile round trip. I like this trail, but wouldn’t go out of my way to visit it.

I had parked at the trail head in Woodard Bay Conservation Area. When I returned from my ride I hiked up a short trail and was treated with sites of herons and other birds nesting and a stunning view of Henderson Inlet. The air was filled with sound of all the animals and birds. It was quite loud and a delight to hear. I had a seat at a bench overlooking the inlet and took all of it in. .

Next I headed to Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls which has a rich history. It was the home of Olympia Brewery for most of the 20th century and had been donated to the city when the brewery failed. The waterfalls were a great site and I actually saw some salmon trying to climb up them to return to their spawning area for the season.

When I was walking the trail in Woodard Bay Conservation Area I had a conversation with a woman who was admiring the nature and the nesting birds who was very enthusiastic about Mt Rainier, so that settles it, that is a sign and where I am headed next. Plan is to leave Monday afternoon after restock and doing some laundry in Olympia. Let hope I get lucky with a come first serve camping site, all reservable sites are booked

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