#10: Visit a Wildlife Refuge

This is part of our 100 Things in 2014 challenge. Here’s the full list.

Who doesn’t like a hike with wildlife?

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We were spending a few days in Neskowin, and it’s only about a 15-minute drive to this place. It’s kind of hard to spot the turn-off – we missed it the first time – but just a little ways up the hill, there’s this gorgeous view.

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Another short drive up a gravel road, and we reached the paved trail to the viewpoint at the top. Here Lucy is holding the wildlife viewing guide, which tells us which birds we’re likely to see today. The kids were fascinated by these.

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There were lots of butterflies flitting about.

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Here’s the “making of” scene from that shot.

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There were also lots of busy pollinators. The kids got a little freaked out, but they were soporific with the abundance of pollen.

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We even spotted a baby butterfly on the trail, and made sure he made it to safety.

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The view from the top was really great. You could see all the way to the ocean.

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Will’s in the Chinook class at school, so we made sure to get a portrait with his “school” mates.

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If you look really closely in this photo, you can spot our car in the parking lot.

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We didn’t end up spotting much wildlife (unless you count the insects and a cow), but the hike was enjoyable, and the view was great. We might have to come back during the goose migration.

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