Today we weren't sure just what we were going to do.
It's our usual hiking day, but we had some benefit changes to take care of at the local Social Security office. We arrived at the office just before it opened, we wanted to be first in line in case our waiting time took all day. Happily we were seen with only a half hour wait. We stopped at Woods and got some coffee to go and decided to go for a drive. We debated about heading home and getting our hiking things together or just hike tomorrow. As we were driving past Gooseberry point, I nonchalantly mentioned that it would be fun to take the ferry to Lummi Island as we hadn't been there for a long time. My husband surprised me and said "yes". It was agreed, we would take the ferry as walk ons and then walk on the Island.
|Crab pots near the ferry landing|
We stopped at the store as soon as we were on the Island to buy water and some snacks for our walk. We bought an Island map for a dollar at the store, so we could make some decisions on directions as we went our way. We then headed out thinking our walk for the day might be between 5 and 7 miles. We walked along the road and noticed a sign that said Curry preserve. We checked it out and decided to walk the trails before we went around the Island.
The skies got bluer and bluer as the day went on, just beautiful!
I'm so glad we checked it out, it's a wonderful area to explore.
We then went back to the road and began our loop tour of the Island. We stopped at Sunset beach for a break. It's been along time since we've had a warm sunny day, it was nice to just sit and enjoy the solar rays.
|Looking toward Orcas Island|
Back out to the road, we walked on to the Lummi church beach for another sun basking break.
I took a video of our view.
As we continued walking on the road towards the ferry landing, we checked out the map and decided to take another loop at this part of the Island before we finished. We found another preserve, the Otto preserve and stopped in to chat with the staff at the center. We discovered that there is another preserve, the Baker preserve near this one and another preserve is being established beyond that one as well. We definitely will have to go back as all of these preserves have hiking trails to explore. More fun, for another trip!
All of our wanderings really added miles to our day.
It wasn't a planned hike, but it couldn't have been better if we'd planned it.
We really enjoyed our walk about on Lummi Island today.
total miles walked - 13 miles
total ascent - 902 feet
total descent - 997 feet