Monday, September 8, 2014

September 11th venue: Out and about at the Mary E Theler Wetlands

   Join the plein air group this week exploring and painting at Mary E Theler Wetlands at end of Hood Canal in Belfair area on Thursday. It's a bit further from our local sites this summer but offers much beauty to enjoy.
   For the true landscape adventurer, start with the welcome arch and go 0.25 mile to the Wetlands Project Center. Several trails branch from the Wetlands Project Center. All are easy to walk with a well groomed trails and are wheelchair-accessible. The Sweetwater Creek and Alder Creek Trails make 0.25-mile loops. Look for Anne on the South Tidal Marsh Trail extends 0.25 mile onto a boardwalk into Hood Canal. It's ideally positioned for spotting birds among the grasses and reeds and for viewing the Olympic Mountains in the background.The Union River Estuary Trail offers the longest and best hike in the preserve. Along an old dike the trail bends across open wetlands-tidal marsh on the left, freshwater marsh on the right. Through a tunnel of shrubs and along active farmland, the trail heads for the mouth of the Union River. In 0.5 mile you'll reach the river.
Here is YouTube video link:
here is map of Park and trails:
Meet up at the South Tidal Marsh area- close in with water views. There are restrooms in Community Center and deep in the park. The weather will be great! Don't forget to bring a lunch, sunscreen and bug spray... just in case.

Carpool options- if you want to carpool- email a facilitator with "need ride" or "could drive" with time leaving and what park and ride to coordinate! Meet by South end of parking lot if possible (closer to trail head)  by 10am - which would mean leaving Kimball Park n Ride at 9:30am  thus to arrive and go down South Tidal trail.
From Hwy 16:
Almost everyone will want to take Hwy 16 WEST bound to Gorst and then go South on Hwy 3 to Belfair past Hwy 300 (North Hood Canal) turn off- and through Belfair. The Mary E Theler Community Center and Wetlands Park is on right side of highway just past Belfair at the end of Hood Canal.
From Key Peninsula: You guys have a great shortcut- take 302 EAST (think Rocky Bay) to Hwy 3- turn right on Hwy 3. Just a bit past Hwy 106 turn off, Mary E Theler will be on left side. It should take you maybe 20 mins from Key Center.

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