Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Geotour Stops - Dash, Saltwater, and St Edwards State Parks

It is always so surprising for me to see State Parks in really urban areas.  All of them we visited on Sunday were in those kinds of areas. We started our adventure in Tacoma and really took the scenic industrial urban route.  We working on finding all the Washington Centennial Geocaches - "100 caches in 100 parks to celebrate 100 years."". 

Our first stop was Dash Point State Park.  This took us on a little trail to this humongous tree trunk.  Wow, I can only imagine how large this tree was.

Saltwater State Park was our next stop. Our search was in the large parking lot.  It appeared to have easy access to the beach. It was raining pretty steady here so we grabbed the cache and ran so to speak.

Both Dash and Saltwater Park were ranked as one of the worst State Park in a Seattle Times Reader poll.  They said these parks were too close to civilization and trashy. Dash park was pretty busy when we visited and seemed quite clean.  I will say that the camping was quite a hike to the beach. Saltwater was virtually empty when we visited probably due to the fact it was quite rainy.

Lastly we visited Saint Edward State Park.  This place is really unique. It once was a Catholic Seminary. The cache took us on one of the many trails in the area. 

There is also a really cool playground here which the boys really enjoyed playing on.

I think this says quite a lot as my boys are older. This park was rated by a Seattle Times poll on Washington State Parks as one of the Best State Parks for Kids

We have found 17 out of 104 geocaches in the Washington State Park Centennial Geotour.

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