It is an easy thing to walk down the dock, open the car door, climb in and start the engine. After that, getting to the Post Office a mere 1000 meters or so.. is just a matter of making your way out of the marina parking lot… hanging a left on Gull Drive, a right on Heron Road, left on Harbor Drive, Left on Marina View Drive, another left on Oak Bay Road, a major two lane arterial sporting traffic and everything, left on Scott Court, turning into the little “village Center”… and park near the Post Office. Phew! That’s a lot of left hand turns now isn’t it…
And.. it is so pedestrian… especially when the post office is so close. That being stated, there are hiking trails that lead there and it was a beautiful, sunny late September day in the Northwest and only increased the distance to 1250 meters.
We decided to walk. We put on sturdy shoes and made our way out to Oak Bay Road. After about 100 meters walking along Oak Bay Road we were able to enter part of the Rainier Loop Trail that started our upward progress. After 150 meters or so the trail came out on Wells Ridge Court which merged into Rainier Lane. After another 100 meters we were able to enter the Osprey trail and leave the paved roads behind. This is a spur trail that give access to the lower 3/4 of the Osprey trail:
As the trail reaches bottom of the ravine, there is a split log “bridge” that spans the seasonal creek that runs through it. It’s a bit wetter down here and the resting bench is not as inviting.
But… the foliage is magnificent and the only sounds are birds skittering through the canopy chittering to each other and the occasional grey squirrel that gets all puffy and territorial scolding us along our way.
What goes down… must work its way back up to get out of the ravine. Well placed steps make hiking easier. They also reduce erosion and preserve the quality of the trail.
Another 250 meters and we gained Oak Bay Road at the “village center”, retrieved our mail and started the walk back to the marina. What a great way to go to the Post Office, eh?