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C.4 Hiking Close To HomeMaribeth Crandell

Living on Whidbey Island for over 20 years and on Fidalgo Island for 5 has given me the opportunity to explore many of it's most beautiful and intriguing places. There are beaches and bluffs, woodlands and wetlands, fields and forest, lovely lakes, and even a few mountains.

About a year ago I was asked to create a program on local hikes for the library. I spent a few weeks taking walks and taking pictures. Fifty people attended the presentation at the Oak Harbor Library in August. In November I was asked to give the program at the Langley library where 72 attended. Two days later there were 63 at the Coupeville Library. And in April at the Freeland Library we used every chair and had a row of people standing in the back. People approached me after each program saying, "You ought to write a book." "You ought to publish a blog." Some asked why I didn't mention this trail or that one, which caused me to explore further.

The result is a new trail guide called Hiking Close to Home, with 57 trails on Whidbey, Fidalgo and Guemes Islands. It shows which trails are accessible by bus, and which ones are wheel friendly or dog friendly.

This class will take you on a walking tour of trails that are accessible year round, while you sit comfortably in your seat. Lace up your shoes, grab your walking stick and get ready to go exploring.