Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve. Sitting here now, looking at that website for the nature reserve, the photos don't look very exciting, and I probably wouldn't have gone out of my way to go there. Actually, I ended up there sort of by accident, but I'm very glad I did.
In searching for a new park to explore, I was just scrolling around Google Maps looking at the green spots that represent a park of some sort. I noticed Stavis Creek and read a bit on the web about the wildlife that can be seen in this park, so I actually went in search of Stavis Creek. I tried to get at it from a couple of different approaches, but I kept running into private property and no trespassing signs and turning away. It didn't bother me though, because I was enjoying the drive around the countryside. I ended up driving by the Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve sign purely by accident. I needed to get out and stretch my legs, so I stopped to check it out. (Post Facto Comment: I eventually found out how to get into Stavis Creek, but it wasn't until after I had finished my walk in Guillmot Cove and it was way past time for lunch.)
During my walk through the nature reserve, I heard beautiful bird songs that were unfamiliar to me. The birds I saw were too fast for my camera, and I'm not very good at identifying them. The only one I readily recognized was a beautiful red-headed woodpecker.
I kept seeing these berries, and I wasn't sure what they were.
Green Mountain hike, and it was called salmonberry.
Ahhhh, it all makes sense now! Salmonberry!
This one was new to me - American Starflower (Trientalis borealis).
This was also new to me - Nootka Rose (rosa nutkana).
On my way back to the information kiosk and the trail back up to the parking lot, I rounded a bend in the trail, and I'm not sure who was more startled...
...me or the deer.
The deer didn't seem to mind me after the initial surprise. She continued to munch on the grass and slowly walk ahead of me down the trail.
Trip stats from the Garmin.
(2.7 miles walked, 1 hour moving, 42 min stopped)
It was a very enjoyable walk through the nature reserve, so I was in no hurry. By the time I got back to my car it was well after 1 p.m. and I hadn't had lunch yet. There isn't much between there and Silverdale except for my new favorite restaurant on the peninsula - Barbie's Cafe in Seabeck, so it was an easy decision to stop there for some of their kickin' crab chowder (crab and corn chowder with jalapenos) for lunch on my way back.