Friday, August 20, 2010


On the 3rd day of our trip, we left the beach and headed in-land. We checked into a hotel in Tumwater, Washington. Our goal was to get closer to our destination for the next day, the Northwest Trek. The hotel we choose had a major requirement which was an indoor pool. We all went swimming shortly after arrival. Cooper and Payton went swimming a second time that evening. Cooper and Payton had a blast.

The next morning, after eating a quick breakfast courtesy of the hotel, we headed to NW Trek to meet up with Nana, Papa and Kendall. The drive from the hotel was about and hour and a half.

Northwest Trek is a 723-acre wildlife park featuring a 435-acre free-roaming area tram tour. Pacific Northwest native species are exhibited in a natural setting. It has a little bit of everything: lakes, trails, meadows and plenty of animals. Northwest Trek is home to more than 200 North American animals.
Northwest Trek has dozens of natural habitats in its walkable core area filled with mesmerizing animals like grizzlies, cougars and otters. From the tram bighorn sheep, deer, Roosevelt elk, woodland caribou, mountain goats, bison and more can be seen.

It was pretty chilly and cloudy, but we had a great time. We all rode the tram together, but Nana, Delaney and I stayed behind while everyone else went on the walking tour. Pete was our photographer for the day and got some great pictures, except while on the tram as our driver had a bit of a lead foot. This was a worthwhile trip and we had lots of fun.

Starting the tram tour.
All the animals were starting to loose their winter coats.
This is a nest with swan eggs.

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