Crossing the bridge here wasn't really necessary as we could easily have found our way back to the car on the same side of the creek. However, by crossing the bridge we got to see a black squirrel and a crazy lady who told us all about the wildlife she had seen over the last few months. She was pretty harmless but full of enthusiasm and wild hair :) Black squirrels are pretty common in these parts now - they have rather moved in over the last few years and stolen the territory of the grey ones. I think they are actually a different variety of the same species.
For my children though the main benefit to crossing the river by the bridge was that we had to recross it further downstream using whatever stepping stones we could find - it proved quite a fun activity! On the other side we passed the hatchery that was built at the same time as the other features of the park. It was empty and devoid of life - I wasn't sure if this was a permanent thing or it was just the wrong time of year. It had rather a melancholy feel about it in any event. It marked the end of our walk and while I thought we might be talking about the life cycle of salmon the children were more intent in checking out the play area!
|Crossing Whatcom Creek|
|Former Treatment Plant|