We put our hiking shoes back on and went for it. The Park has a small trail along Swift Creek. We took our time and were very patient. Looking at whatever happened in the water. Most of the times it was a bird. Ok, let’s look a little further.
A lookout platform a little down the trail provides excellent salmon viewing opportunities, but that’s not what we were there for. No beavers, though. Let’s keep trying a little further down the trail. Excellent beaver spots, so it seemed – but no beavers to be found.
After about an hour and a half, we decided to turn back – our eyes still focussed on the creek. Suddenly, we saw something moving in the water. No, this was no bird. Our hearts skipped a beat – is this really it? Did we see a beaver? Hmmm, that tail doesn’t look like a beaver’s… More like one of a rat. And indeed, some more boards in the park informing us that next to the beavers also muskrats were inhabitants of the park. And we just spotted one!
Ok, we still have the beaver on our checklist, but the muskrat is original and a lot cuter than you would think – so after all, we were still happy with how this day turned out. And, the beaver’s for next time, that’s for sure!