Sunday, June 21, 2015

We check out Tolmie State Park

We've had a good stretch of beautiful weather and that gives us lots of opportunity to get out and about.  D'light loves to travel and I was looking for a new park for us to check out.  I landed on  Tolmie State Park  for a couple of reasons.  We were going to be in Thurston County and I wanted a park that had water access and hiking wooded trails.  Tolmie was a perfect choice!

You do need a Discover Pass for this park

We arrive and D'light is ready for some fun!

We walked through a patch of woods to get to the trail leading down the beach. D'light is ready to critter and says "who cares about the beach!"

D'light is curious about where we are headed

"Let's go check it out!"

Lots to see and smell

So why did I choose this location?  Last year we took D'light to Lincoln Park and D'light was uncomfortable with the environment (water, beach, rocks on the beach).  We've done a lot of environmental adventures with D'light since our Lincoln Park trip so, I wanted to see if we could create a positive "water" experience for D'light.  And our plan was that if it was too overwhelming we'd ditch the water and go have fun on the trails at the same park.

D'light is wearing his 25 foot long line and he has complete control of where he wants to go.  He starts off with hugging the part of the beach closest to the trees.  

We see a big difference in D'light pretty much immediately. His body is relaxed, he's curious about the environment and he's showing independence from us.

His nose quickly gets to work  - there's A LOT to sniff on this beach.

He begins venturing over to inspect something that he finds curious

A fallen tree with lots of decaying plant material attached to it

So much to inspect and smell

Another tree that has lots of barnacles attached to it

D'light is feeling pretty confident and ready to explore more of the beach.  We timed our trip well - we were the only ones on this section of the beach.

Lovely view of Mt. Rainier

Stay tuned to see how D'light does as we explore more of the park area!

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