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Tumwater Falls and Uncork & Unwind

Bridge at Tumwater Falls

 

Tumwater Falls are a series of cascades on the Deschutes River in Tumwater, Washington, United States, near where the river empties into Budd Inlet, a southerly arm of Puget Sound in Olympia.

Tumwater Falls Park

I took the family to Tumwater Falls in late September to see the return of the adult salmon.  At two to seven years old, salmon are ready to spawn. They return from the ocean to the spawning beds from where they were hatched. For the silvery salmon returning to the Tumwater Falls area, the {humans} have built bridges to make their journey up the falls easier. But, until they find the bridge, they try their hardest to jump.

Owned by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, Tumwater Falls Park is open to the public and free of charge, and has a one-half mile scenic loop trail along the Deschutes River and three cascading waterfalls. In spring, usually in May, the rhododendrons are supposed to bloom. We will be returning throughout the year to see the changing flora.  There is a Washington Salish Native Plant Garden that you can observe year round. Each plant is labeled.

Uncork & Unwind

After visiting the Falls, we headed over to Uncork & Unwind for a bite to eat, and maybe a flight or two. It was a great meal, and it ended up being a beautiful day to sit out on the patio. {Always remember to drink responsibly.}

Uncork & Unwind is a winebar in Tumwater, serving wines & beers from WA State. Location: 324 Custer Way SW, Tumwater WA 98501

http://uncorkandunwind.net/

Watch for the salmon tryin to jump up the falls...

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