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Photograph of hikers crossing Devils's Punchbowl area of Lake Crescent.

April 19 – May 31 the Port Angeles Main Library is partnering with Olympic National Park to offer Poetry Walks, an ongoing event that is part of the Library’s Get Moving! series. Poems will be placed on signs in multiple locations along three trails in Olympic National Park; the Living Forest Trail, the Peabody Creek Trail, and Spruce Railroad Trail. All three trails can be accessed without paying fees and will allow users to enjoy beautiful landscapes and a variety of poems for inspiration.

Poets featured along the trails include Emily Brontë, Carlos Castaneda, Shel Silverstein, Gary Snyder and many more. Those who find themselves inspired to write a poem or take a photo while on one of the Poetry Walks are encouraged to share it on NOLS’ Facebook page.

The Living Forest Trail and Peabody Creek Trail both start from the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles and offer pleasant 0.5 mile loops. In the spring, skunk cabbage, a native plant found along streams and other wet areas of the woods, blooms and provides vibrant color (and possibly scent) along the trails.

The Spruce Railroad Trail begins at the end of East Beach Road on the north side of Lake Crescent. The trail, on which which bicycles and pets are permitted, follows an old railroad bed for 4 miles. More information about all of the trails and both areas of Olympic National Park can be found at the links below or by visiting the Olympic National Park website.

Throughout 2014, the Port Angeles Library is offering monthly events and other activities, such as yoga instruction and bike maintenance classes, as part of the Get Moving! series. These fun, no–stress, free events provide opportunities for healthy–living novices, and initiates, to explore new fitness activities. All Get Moving! events are offered free to the public with the generous support of the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.