WTA (Washington Trails Association) and King County Parks hosted a volunteer event at Soaring Eagle. A little trail maintenance. Much needed dirty work for a trail system that admittedly can get very wet. That trail had NO IDEA what was in store for it. Teenagers. A murder of them. From the Big Picture School in Bellevue.
They received their safety talk from WTA, grabbed their trail tools, were provided extra clothing (there are always those who choose to show up in shorts and skirts to work in a field of stinging nettles) and were on their way. Broken in to groups, to avoid someone getting absently smacked in the head with a shovel, and then instructed on the how’s and why’s of cleaning/clearing/repairing each section they were assigned. Picture an overturned truck full of bees on an interstate. Like that, but the only suppressant here was the diligent chaperones and staff. People blessed with more patience than a local hospital after an overturned bee truck. See what I did there?
All bees aside, we are always extremely grateful for this effort from all parties involved. These students and that amazing partner help us keep this system clean safe and open.
Consider those flowers an offering, of presale tickets. Get your taste of Portland a day earlier than the general public. General public, pffff, they’re never in the know. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today only. Internet your way over to this link and use the code “kingcounty“.
Tickets on sale today 10 a.m. running until the 19th at 10 p.m. Follow this link and use the code “kingcounty“. Look at these guys, you just want to give them a big ol’ hug. BIG UPS! Or whatever they say in west coast ska lingo.
Thank you Wikipedia. We have promptly forgotten Tolstoy and are moving on to more influential writers, The Decemberists. They will be playing with Calexico at one Marymoor Park on July 16th. Take that Tolstoy, and judging by this pic they are feeling sassy.
We travelled into the future to bring you this footage [footage may smell of burnt Delorean tracks].
Tolt-MacDonald Park’s manager Al Sinsel speaking to the kids about the area
A couple classes from Carnation Elementary walked down to join the Snoqualmie Tribe, who just happened to be hosting a planting event today along the Tolt river. We were privileged to provide support, and weren’t alone. Turns out Mountains to Sound Greenway and King County’s Stewardship Partners are also big on that whole restoration/education thing. We also like kids, because they do funny things and can never pronounce spaghetti.
We started with a traditional prayer and then everyone got dirty from there. Staff let the kids know how their agencies play a role in the restoration and why we’re are all working together on a project such as this. They learned about native plants and how they help our ecosystem and enjoyed a guided tour along the Tolt to better understand its importance and how their plantings will help keep the river and its habitat healthy.
Still can’t say spaghetti right though. One day at a time.