A Short Hike in Nisqually State Park
After a day of driving, we stayed in the area and visited Washington’s newest park, Nisqually State Park. Washington acquired land in the area and created Nisqually State Park. The park opened officially in 1990 and is located in the original homelands of the Nisqually People.
The Nisqually Indian Tribe, a sovereign nation with its own government, laws, and culture, got involved in 2007. The Tribe worked with Washington State Parks to develop a master plan to respect the Nisqually people’s cultural and spiritual connections to the land. Today, it is a place where they can connect with their culture and traditions, and it is a place where they can share their culture with others.
Hubby and I enjoyed an easy hike following the trails through the lush landscape and forests. We did not see Mount Rainier, the holy mountain for the Nisqually Indian Tribe was hidden in the clouds. I saw the tiger lily plant, a yellow lampion, for the first time. Thank goodness I did not touch it; the pollen is poisonous for pets. I helped the little snail across the trail after almost stepping on it.