I've had an inch for a while now to try and photograph our native Washington CPs... I found a Department of Ecology website that lists all public wetlands in Wa, and one of them even said "contains several species of carnivorous plant".. So finally we had a free weekend so off we went. The area is around Deception Pass state park.. The first area we tried to hit was Hoypus Point, at the northernmost tip of the park, but being as it was a holiday weekend, they shut the gates(stupid!).
But the second trail, which was the one that listed carnivorous plants, was a walk in trail and was open.
From the Dept of Ecology's website:
5 miles south of Deception Pass, off Highway 20 on Sleeper Road
This area has two peat bogs, one-half acre and five acres in size. Boardwalks go into both bogs, which contain several species of carnivorous plants. Parking is limited; restrooms are being developed.
I'm sad to report that I saw NO wetlands or bogs, what so ever. It was all dense conifer forest.. The map shows marsh in the center of the Wetland Trail, so I kept my eyes peeled for this boardwalk, but I never saw any such thing, as you can prolly tell by my photos. The only area I can think that it might of been at, was further along on the Wetland Trail, that headed to the Big Loop. We didnt hike that far as I was pretty tuckered out by the time we got to the slingshot trail, so we decided to do the loop on back just in case the boardwalks were towards the top end of the trail. Sooo I guess i'll head on back at some other time and go all the way to the end of this trail and see what's down there. I emailed the contact for the Dept of Ecology to ask her for some info..
Anyhow, it was still a beautiful hike, CPs or no CPs, and I took a boatload of photos... So here goes.
Banana Slugs! They were everywhere. I love these guys.. Not as common as they used to be when I was a kid due to all the development.
Homo sapiens garbagicus. Ugh.