Tumwater Falls

It’s Canada Day for us tomorrow (July 1st), which means a long weekend and a chance to get away. This time we decided to spend a few days in Olympia, south of Seattle. We booked the Coho ferry across to Port Angeles and drove down last night.

This morning a misty rain had moved in and the clouds looked dark and ominous, so we decided to start with a trip to Trader Joes for breakfast supplies (pastrami and sugar snap peas), then shoot into town for coffee. We tried a local roaster, Batdorf & Bronson. The coffee was drinkable, but not as good as the Americanos we’re used to in Victoria.

Next we walked along the waterfront towards the farmers’ market. Looking back, you can see the domed State Capitol building.


Next we tried another coffee shop Sizizis. The coffee was definitely more meaty, but the coffee shop itself was strangely funky, dark wood panels, painted red, with red light bulbs. It looks brighter in the photo than it really was.


Even though it rained all day, late in the afternoon the weather cleared, and we ended up at the Tumwater Falls park just in time to see hundreds of violet-green swallows and waxwings (10 points if you can spot the waxwings in the photo). This was definitely the highlight of the day, with the sound of water rushing under our feet (we were standing on a grate over a fish ladder), and all these birds skimming the surface of the water for bugs. Patrick did his best with the camera, but we obviously need a bigger lens!



7 thoughts on “Tumwater Falls

  1. Hey! Didn’t realize you guys were heading stateside – guess a coffee date is out of the question for this weekend! Happy Canada day and have a great time. Jak, Dee and the kids.

  2. Ah, that’s where you are! Sounds like fun. We hope to be doing similar weekend getaways soon.

    Your Flickr is flickering. Happy Canuck Away Day!

    I’ll take some pictures of the fireworks for you.

    • Happy Canada Day! I can highly recommend the Nisqually Wildlife Reserve next time you’re down this way. But bring a big camera lens 🙂

      • I didn’t get down to the fireworks; Lindsay Martin did. Then, today, I joined him to photograph birds at Swan Lake.

        I took my big lens, but forgot to charge the camera battery. Oh well, we had a nice chat and walk.

  3. Tumwater Falls Historical Park is definitely a great place to visit. It’s a great spot of nature, within the city. But still manages to feel like it’s not in the city.

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