Aberdeen, WA is where my mom and dad both grew up. I honestly don’t know it that well, since thanks to my dad’s job I moved around growing up. I’d say that I split my childhood between eastern WA and southern CA, but most of the years that I can remember were spent in eastern WA. I’ve spent a bit of time here and there in Aberdeen on the western side, where most of my extended family still live, but I don’t know a lot about it, tbh. So, I thought, why not? I’m about to embark upon a journey (hopefully next Spring/Summer) exploring the US full time, so why not start right now? I don’t have to wait until my Airstream is in my hands and ready. (Also, I have a lot of family here that will help me get the Airstream ready, and I’m excited to learn a lot about building&maintaining one. For a visual and very, very nonmechanical creature like me, it’s going to be a challenge!)
Washington is great for a lot of reasons. It may rain a lot in the western 1/3 of the state, but did you know that most of Washington is arid and dry? The eastern 2/3 of the state is mostly a steppe, with a little bit that qualifies as a bona fide desert. Maybe because I grew up on that steppe, and then in the Mohave desert, I consider myself a desert person folk. Oh man, I never understood why people hated summer until I experienced a humid one during my first year in Tokyo. Trust me, dry summers are AMAZING. They’re nothing like those awful, wet, sticky-air summers that it seems a lot of the world has (I’m looking at you Hawaii! Although you’re great for other things!) If you want pleasantly warm, dry summers that are beautiful and calm and don’t make you sweat much at all, then you should 100% visit Eastern WA in the summer!
Anyway, I’m here in this area for a while, so I’ll start with Western WA, then wrap around to Eastern WA when I’m finished. 🙂 Now… you might think that Seattle is the place to be when it comes to Washington, and if you’re talking city, it is, but Aberdeen is actually the “gateway” to the Olympic peninsula! It’s the only convenient way to drive up into all of the beautiful cities and nature that appear along the coast (Also, if you want Twilight territory, then you pretty much have to go this way unless you want to charter a plane). So let’s start right at the “entrance:” Morrison Riverfront Park. I don’t know if it’s named after the singer Jim Morrison, but it wouldn’t surprise me as Aberdeen is the childhood home of Kurt Kobain so maybe the city wanted to maintain a theme(?).
Morrison Riverfront Park is right along the Chehalis river as you enter Aberdeen. Just turn left at the first left in town — you can’t miss it! If you hit the WalMart (eww), then you’ve gone too far. There’s only one main entrance into and out of town, so again, you can’t miss it. XD
Okay, okay, let’s go! Follow me~~
There’s a children’s playground in the front of the park, right behind this Log Pavillion that can be rented for special occasions. There are usually children playing in the park, but faeries like to steal little children, so I suppose that it’s good that there were none that day. It’s actually a really popular park! It was cold when I arrived, although it warmed up when the sun came out.
Right behind the playground is an open, grassy field and a pretty dock. Last time I was in Aberdeen, about 5 years ago, there was a geocache on the end of the dock underneath the railing. It’s not there anymore, though! Possibly because Geocaching went P2P and just isn’t as popular as it used to be. I miss it, I’ll admit.
What I love about this park is that there’s a long, long, long (I’ve never gone to the end of it) walking/jogging trail that follows the river. I’d like to bicycle down it and see what’s at the end. Maybe, on the right day, there’s a pot of gold? There aren’t a lot of rainbows here, so you’d have to be really lucky.
There’s a cute little bridge. <3
I wonder if Hinkle and Vervalen were forever…. Anyone know?
See that gorgeous green grass? There’s so much rain here that it’s always green, I bet. We’ll see this winter!
You also get some beautiful views of the ethereal, slow-moving Chehalis River from the park!
Across the way, this used to be a saw mill for Weyerhaeuser, but is now a historical seaport. I’ll be stopping there another day. :3
Next, I’ll be taking you on a walk downtown! Or I’ll take you around on the peninsula. I’m itching to go explore, and I’m not sure what I want to do yet! See you n ext Tuesday! *^^*