Our monthly book club selection. You do not need to read the book and participate in the discussion to join us on the walk. We welcome non readers to walk with us as well. (if it is a warm sunny day we can bring snacks and have a picnic at the park. that way the dogs don't have to be in a hot car. If it is cool and rainy we can go to the Hitching Post Café in Monroe )
The Incredible Journey (1961), by Scottish author Sheila Burnford, is a children's book first published by Hodder, which tells the story of three pets as they travel 300 miles (480 km) through the Canadian wilderness searching for their beloved masters. It depicts the suffering and stress of an arduous journey, together with the unwavering loyalty and courage of the three animals. The story is set in the northwestern part of Ontario, Canada which has many lakes, rivers, and widely dispersed small farms and towns.
It is usually considered a children's book, although Burnford has stated that she did not write it specifically for children. The book was a modest success when first published, but became widely known after 1963 when it was adapted into a movie by Walt Disney; it was remade in 1993 as Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.
Al Borlin Park – Serene scenery along the Skykomish River.
Enjoy rambling along the Skykomish River
at Al Borlin Park.
Location: City of Monroe
Land Agency: Monroe Parks and Recreation Department
Roundtrip: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Notes: Dogs must be on leash; Trail is prone to flooding during periods of heavy rain.
Access: From Everett follow US 2 east to Monroe. Turn right onto SR 203 (Lewis Street). Proceed past Main Street traffic lights and within a short distance come to Al Borlin Park located on your left. Trail to Buck Island begins here.
Situated within the city of Monroe along the Skykomish River at its confluence with Woods Creek, is Al Borlin Park, a 90-acre natural gem. Comprising of a peninsula called Buck Island (which during floods lives up to its name), trails meander along riverbanks and beneath a canopy of towering maples and cottonwoods here. A few Sitka spruce can be found growing on the island too—quite a way from the coast where it is prevalent. There are plenty of good viewing areas along the Skykomish River too for observing birds and salmon