Quillayute River Slough — Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017
The last day of my research trip was rewarding, but I did have to get through one last, soggy obstacle before I could enjoy my last hike on the dramatic northwest coast of Washington. I woke up in my car in the Mora campground and squished my way over to the Quillayute Slough Trail. If I hadn't had such a wet time the day before and I wasn't on such a tight schedule this morning, I probably would have enjoyed it well enough -- it would be a lovely trail if you need a morning ramble with coffee. But when you're hiking with a purpose, it's a tad monotonous. The riverside access at the end of the trail reminded me of the Julia Butler sloughs earlier in the week (only wetter). I did get a couple nice macro shots of catkins before heading back. The section heading toward the road into Mora was OK, but boring, and a couple of trees down made it more trouble than it was worth. The James Pond is an OK side trip or add-on from the parking area near the entrance, but today it was just ten more minutes in the wet.