The trip into the woods south of the library was scheduled for 2 Jan, but the weatherman was saying heavy rain and high winds, so we moved the trip up to 1 Jan at the last moment. In the morning there was a very light rain, which was hardly noticeable in the woods. So nine of us wandered off into the maze of community trails, all unofficial. This is all private property, so many of the trails connect to someone’s back yard. Some of the trails are on what seems to be easements which extend existing roads. The main part of property is in the Official Community Plan as a place for future housing. Until then, it’s a pleasant forest to stroll through, with quite a few small streams and some impressively big cottonwood trees. The trails are well maintained. The community has decorated the woods with carved masks, beadwork, and a “Word Log”. We also visited the new stairs connecting Nole Road and Plaza Road.
While we were walking near the end of Nole Road, one of the alders leaning over the trail ahead of us decided to fall across the trail. There was no wind, no gust of wind, it just decided to fall over for no reason, as alders do. Luckily, we were not too close and not in the wrong place at the wrong time. Back at the cars, Les provided a little New Year’s tail gate treat with chocolate and pineapple. 4.3 km; 1¾ hours.
Photos by Norris
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