Wiley Slough by Mount Vernon / 靠費農山市的威利泥沼

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Today the recruit went on his first hike. It meant that last week’s trip would be our final real climb for a while. My first two partners started hiking at six months. So it didn’t occurred to me that insulation would be an issue at eight weeks.

Wiley Slough
Wiley Slough

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Wiley Slough at a Glance

Access: Skagit Wildlife Boat Launch
Round Trip: 2.6 miles
Elevation Range: 0′-72′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

About Wiley Slough

Wiley Slough is part of the Skagit Headquarters Wildlife Area Unit. In turn, it’s part of the larger Skagit Wildlife Area. I didn’t realize we were on an island until I started writing this post. Fir Island, to be exact. I tend to overlook details when doing last-minute research.

We arrived at the quiet Skagit Wildlife Boat Launch parking area in the early morning. But the calmness quickly vanished the minute we heard distant gunshots. Alas. The waterfowl hunting season has begun.

A cold day
A cold day

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Birders Paradise

Wiley Slough is also a popular birding destination. Several people were out strolling with telephoto zoom lenses. Everything seemed disorienting for Mr. Connor. So we walked a few steps and stopped. This process went on for a while before I finally picked up the 10 pounder. Meanwhile, Mr. Cody patiently waited.

We hiked south on the main path inside the safety zones. Branches stemming in and out of the water were picturesque. Perhaps it was the sound of gunshots that kept away the waterfowls. But there seemed to be more birds flying overhead than the ones hanging by the slough.

Mountains and sound
Mountains and sound

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The End of the Road

The tide was still low. So we walked a short distance past the end of the trail out to the wetlands. Mr. Connor seemed content to snuggle with my fleece pullover. But I got him up that he could stretch a bit. We stayed just long enough to check out the surrounding area and the mountains.

We couldn’t have spent more than 20 minutes in the wetlands. But the water came in fast during the time. So I quickly packed up and carried the puppy under my arm. We then rushed back up to the trail. But not before I waded through a couple of trenches now filled with water.

Water's rising
Water’s rising

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I was soaking wet from the waist down. So we spent another 10 minutes by the marshes to wring out some water. The light wind had also brought down the temperatures. So I wrapped up Mr. Connor with my fleece pullover. Then he hitchhiked the whole way back to the car.

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  1. Susan Shih

    Did you get a new pup?

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