Primeval paddle

June 19, 2012

Our last board meeting included a site visit to a potential new habitat reserve near Crabapple Lake in Warrenton that Conservation director Jon Wickersham is diligently working on. The property surrounds one interdune lake and part of another, and after hiking through the area, shouldering our way through head-high ferns and salal, and marveling at the massive spruce, old-growth huckleberry and crabapple crowding down to the edge of the water, I said “we have to get kayaks in here!” So a few days later we did just that. Nature obliged with blue herons, beavers, bald eagles, and a lone buck elk swimming across the lake. I missed most of the wildlife with my camera, but still got some nice photos.


A few “thick” spots here and there…

Lily pads and wild huckleberry

A bit of a challenge getting in and out. What you can’t see here is that Jon is barefoot!

“Primeval” is the word that keeps coming to mind — truly a special place. I’m sure this will be an “On the Land” destination in the future!


  1. Looks like you had a great time exploring in uncharted waters! Fun!