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MERCER SLOUGH NATURE PARK
Not your conventional tourist attraction, but I
included this park because it is the only place I
know where the land you are standing on wobbles
like you're in an earthquake.  It is best to come with
a group, while you stand still and the rest of the
group jumps up and down.  If I'm remembering the
story from the naturalist correctly, much of the park
rest on about 10 feet thick of ground and plant
debris, which in turn floats on 40 feet of brackish
water.

The park protects one of the few remaining
wetlands around Lake Washington.  Free tours with
a naturalist are available May through September.  
You can wander around yourself on the 7 miles of
trails or on the waterway by canoe or kayak.  The
park has a boat launch for human-powered
watercraft or you can rent a kayak at nearby Enatai
Beach Park under the I-90 bridge. From a boat, you
will see lots of ducks and great blue heron.

Also worth a visit is the historic Winters House -
found on the National Historic Register - and the
adjacent blueberry farm, which sells fresh produce
in season.

by Bob Kelly
http://www.BobsPacificBeachHouse.com
Nye Beach
Tour with a naturalist
Forest trail
Moss and ferns growing on a tree
Popcorn bush?
Stream