[Tweeters] Redwing; some driving suggestions

Rob Saecker rsaecker at thurston.com
Wed Dec 22 22:11:00 PST 2004


for those coming to see the Redwing, a look at a map would suggest 
the most direct route is to take the Black Lake Blvd exit from 101, 
and go up Black Lake to 4th Ave. Unfortunately, this takes you right 
past some of the most popular "shopping opportunities" in the Oly 
area, and at this time of year, the congestion can be ferocious. 
Earlier in the morning can be ok, but long before noon traffic will 
be backed up onto the freeway. So, an alternate suggestion, assuming 
you're coming from I-5: continue on 101 past Black Lake, and take the 
Evergreen Parkway exit. Shortly after leaving 101, take the Mud Bay 
Rd. exit, and turn right at the stop. Mud Bay crosses Cooper Point 
Rd. and becomes Harrison, and then crosses Division. After Division 
you're in the Redwing neighborhood, so jog over a block to the south 
and start watching for the Robin flock, or, alternately, the birder 

After you're done enjoying the Redwing, you could backtrack on Mud 
Bay Rd. to where it crosses Mud Bay, and stop to sort through gulls 
and such. Or you could continue down the hill on 4th, and have a look 
at the ducks on Capitol Lake. And if you really want a "taste" of 
Olympia, take 5th Ave east through downtown, and just before you 
cross the train tracks, turn left into the parking lot and go fill 
your water jug with the spring water that comes out of the pipe 
there. (It's a private parking lot, but if you just get water and 
leave, no one will bother you). Whatever you decide to do, I hope you 
enjoy your visit to the (temporary) Capitol of North American 
Birding. :)

Oh, yeah; I saw the bird for about an hour this afternoon. Nice bird, 
good company. Highly recommended...
Rob Saecker
rsaecker at thurston.com

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