This morning we visited the Breazeale-Padilla Interpretive Center, right next to where we are staying at Bay View State Park in tiny Bay View, WA on the Padilla Bay. The interpretive center explains the importance of Padilla Bay, an estuary (where freshwater from rivers mix with salt water of oceans) of the Puget Sound. The Braezeale Interpretive Center is on a 64- acre former farm donated by the Braezeale family, who had lived there since 1897. When the oldest child, Edna, retired from her career as a Seattle school teacher in 1957, plans were under way to develop the nearby mudflats of the bay into an industrial area. Edna spearheaded a successful fight to preserve the area, and later donated the family farm where she grew up (and lived after her retirement) to the state.
Afterwards, we drove into Anacortes, WA, to refill some prescriptions and get groceries. We also had lunch and walked around the town, which according to local history was named by an early settler who thought Anacortes sounded like the Spanish version of Annie Curtis, the name of his wife.
|Bev looks an an eel grass exhibit filled with grass, water and fish. Padilla Bay is known for its large seagrass meadows that are important feeding areas for a small sea goose called a brant, and is a nursery area for young fish and crabs.|
|An interesting rain gutter down spout we saw in Anacortes.|