Escaping the crowds

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Trail into Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge

It’s a June weekend and the weather is finally getting nice so I want to escape the city.  But so does everyone else – the hiking and nature spots within an hour of Portland are busy.  Trailhead parking is full by 11:00am.  I am an early riser so getting ahead of the crowd is not a concern.  I just want something more quiet and peaceful.

I head instead to a little known wildlife refuge in SW Washington.  Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge is about an hour north of the Columbia River and is a wonderful oasis of animal and bird life.  I arrived late in the day relatively – it was 10:00am but the early birds were long gone, but I still had a wonderful easy hike on the edge of the refuge.

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Historic log cabin built in the 1800’s.

There is an historic log cabin next to the parking lot which I explored.  The interior walls are lined with newspapers from the early 1900’s.  Was this for insulation or decoration? 

The approximately 4 mile hike was easy, flat and I didn’t see another soul.  Even though the bird life was scarce – there were plenty of wildflowers to photograph and enjoy.  Next visit I will get an earlier start to the day and I hope to catch some of the 25-30 Sandhill Crane pairs that mate here every year.  Now that would be something special to see.

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This is probably a weed but I still love it.

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