|Nutria on the trail edge at Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge.|
|Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge, off of Highway 14, just East of Washougal Washington.|
Note the dark clouds, though in truth they were handsome in their own dramatic way.
|Deb admires the artwork which she dubbed "the magic door," though it was closed to us |
this time of year. It led to the fish ladders but was closed to protect some seasonal waterfowl.
|The trail is as much an art trail as a wildlife trail. This trip, I kept my lens mostly |
on the flora and fauna, but this sign gives you a small taste of the artwork.
The rest will wait until a future post - or - your visit there.
The refuge was named for rags-to-riches Allen Steigerwald, originally from Pennsylvania. A newcomer back in 1886, with only $10 in his pocket, he convinced local suppliers to loan him the materials he needed to build a home on contract. Later projects included the Lewis and Clark Exposition. Then came farming, and a dairy business in Washougal, where Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge is now located.
While Deb and I were new to this particular neighborhood, the wildlife was clearly well settled. "Watch for the bald eagles, great blue heron and the nutria," car-bound smiling hikers wearing dangling binoculars told us.
|Nutria crossing the trail at Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge.|
|Female American kestrel at Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge. She was much more impressive when she took flight, but my camera focus was too slow to capture that.|
|California scrub jay with colors far cheerier than his expression, still welcome on this gray day.|
|Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge -- I'll be back!|
We've been busy bopping around on house-sits in the Portland-Vancouver Washington area. We're about to start our 5th house-sit* since late November. House-sitting gets us off the boat and out from under the gloom of covered moorage during the already darkest days of winter. It also cleared the way for tackling some boat projects that don't meld well with living aboard. Currently, Wayne's about half-done with refinishing the floors in our salon. And we're still sussing out what, when and where our next adventures will be.
*my affiliate link to Trusted House-sitters, those house-sits we're doing other than for friends.