READ- "The Incredible Journey" EASY HIKE-Al Borlin Park, Monroe,

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 )

READ:

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.[1]

EASY HIKE:

Al Borlin Park – Serene scenery along the Skykomish River.

Enjoy rambling along the Skykomish River
at Al Borlin Park.

Quick Facts

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

Enjoy rambling along the Skykomish River at Al Borlin Park.

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  • Kathy L.

    Wendy, this is the movie about the Camino that I was talking about. Unfortunately it has already screened in Seattle but it is being released in DVD late Fall.
    http://caminodocumentary.org/
    Maybe we could read a book about somebody's journey and get together to watch the movie as a book of the month club meeting. There are so many books I could try to preview some or if you know of any you are wanting to read let me know. Probably looking at Oct/Nov.

    May 18, 2014

  • Mary

    This is a cute park. Easy walk with access to a pebble beach. Well maintained. I enjoyed the book, the group members and conversation too! TY Kathy!

    May 18, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    Very nostalgic book. Good choice, Gretchen. Nice walk in the park and good conversation afterwards, too. Thanks for coming out and participating. See you all soon.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Mary

    Also, I just found a new place last weekend in Monroe called The Dashing Dutchman. It's a deli cafe type of place. I picked up a menu and I will bring it with me in case you want to check it out. They are located across from Fred Meyer.

    May 17, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    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.
    Follow these directions and we should all arrive at the same place. In case we don't, phone[masked] and I may be able to help you. I think you all know which car to look for.
    See you in the morning.

    May 16, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    The Sky River Bakery looks like it may be a good spot to go afterwards. I remember hearing great things about a bakery in Monroe, this might be it. Not sure on seating size but worth check out, not far from park.
    http://skyriverbakery.com/main.html?src=%2F

    May 16, 2014

  • Mary

    Hi Kathy, I'm sorry to report that the Hitching Post Cafe closed a couple months back :(

    May 6, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      Let's hope for nice weather so we can picnic. If not do you have any suggestions?

      May 6, 2014

    • Mary

      There is a Starbucks located in the Albertsons shopping center. Or, the Jenos Italian restaurant in downtown monroe may be open at that time, but I'll need to double check. Otherwise, it's mostly fast food spots.

      May 6, 2014

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