This month we'll take a nature walk around Spencer Island in north Everett. The land was once part of a strawberry farm which was prone to flooding from the Snohomish river. The farm donated the land to Snohomish County as a Natural Wildlife Reserve and has let the water reclaim the land.
Driving directions: http://goo.gl/maps/opYtX
Be careful once on Hwy 529 to not miss the turn to Smith Island Road. Once you pass over the bridge, it will sneak up on you. It's a sharp right turn off the highway. You should see a sign for the Everett Animal Shelter.
Follow Smith Island Road to the end of the paved road, past the Animal Shelter. You will pass a Crew house, that is where the only "indoor" bathrooms are located. There is a port-o-potty at the trail head. You will likely want to park at the end of the Smith Island Road before it turns to the left towards a gravel road, which is 4th St. Then walk down the gravel road, it's around 3 blocks. There is a closer parking lot about half way down the gravel road, but it is very small and only holds around 8 cars. We'll meet at the end of the gravel road at the green bridge.
Spencer Island: http://goo.gl/maps/Zh5ab
This is also nesting season, so there should be a lot of birds around. Bring your long lens if you have one! With that, this park is not dog friendly. So, please leave the dogs at home.
If you zoom in on the map to Spencer Island, you can see the loop trail we'll walk. You can choose to walk the full loop or just parts. The loop will likely take an hour, give or take.
This park glistens on a sunny day and is moody on a cloudy one. The above was taken around 4:30 in the afternoon on a sunny February day just as the clouds were rolling in.
Stroll tag: stroll1305 "Seattle Flickr Meetups"
Twitter: #FlickrMeetup #SeattleFlickr
Share your stroll photos with tags on Flickr, here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/seattlemeetups/