Monday, July 19, 2010

Leavenworth: Part Two

The first morning we woke very early to beat the heat and hit a local nature walk and the salmon hatchery. Since it heats up quickly, we wanted an early start.

The nature trail is nice and simple, with pretty wild flowers and a lot of birds. The beginning of the trail features a highlight on the rattle snake, how to listen for them and what to do if you are bitten by one. Fortunately we did not come across one, we did however find a few lizards that were out on rocks warming up.
The river at this junction has fish ladders that the hatchery uses. We saw salmon going up and the tanks filled with large salmon waiting to spawn. Outside of the fish ladder area there were fishing platforms that the local Native Americans use to catch fish. There were also people out fishing the river on shore. The hatchery itself is on beautiful grounds and filled with great learning opportunities. We enjoyed seeing the returning salmon and the baby in early stages. Indoors they do a great job teaching the whole life cycle of the salmon, Holly loved that part a lot. We also checked out the rainbow trout tanks and more! A very fun morning indeed!
After the hatchery we picked up some lunch and had a picnic at the park in town, listened to the accordion player while we ate. Holly had fun doing log rolls down the sledding hill. It was the perfect morning!

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