Summer Adventure Alert: Snoqualmie River Floating.

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In the words of Modest Mouse: we’ll all float on; and in the words of Kourtney Kardashian: literally. But actually, come on out to Fall City Floating on the Snoqualmie River at King County’s Fall City Community Park and get your float on. Floaters can either rent a tube or bring their own. The leisurely float begins a half mile from Snoqualmie Falls, continues down the scenic Snoqualmie River and ends at Fall City Bridge. A shuttle transports floaters up the river. The 4 mile float is currently taking 4-5 hours so make sure you allocate sufficient time to meander down the river. Fall City Floating is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9am to 8pm and accepts both reservations and walk-ins. Check out the Facebook page for more information or the float Snoqualmie blog for history and general info. Oh! One more thing: THERE IS A GROUPON.

This is a great summertime adventure, but as with all water fun, you have to be extra careful. Rivers can be especially dangerous because they pose threats such as logs, rocks and inconsistent water flow. Seattle-King County Public Health’s water safety page recommends that river users:

  • “Wear a PFD (personal flotation device)”. Safety is stylish!
  • “Do not use alcohol or drugs when recreating on the river”. This means no more canoozing (drunk canoeing) or floatoozing- okay I made that one up, but you get the idea.
  • “Watch children closely when they are on or near any type of water; stay close enough to reach them immediately”. Those little buggers can disappear – quick!
  • “Choose safer swimming options with lifeguards present, such as a beach, lake or pool”. Lifeguards provide safety and a great view ;).

We’ll all float on…safely.

Summer Hike Idea: Margaret’s Way

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On National Trails Day (June 6), King County Parks and the WTA unveiled the new Margaret’s Way hike in the Issaquah Alps. The hike is a short 15 minute drive from Seattle. To access the hike from I-90, take exit 15 signed Lake Sammamish/Renton Highway 900. Turn right onto Highway 900/Renton-Issaquah Road and go south for 3.3 miles. Turn left into a driveway off the side of the road and park in one of the 24 parking spaces. Click here for a map. Hikers begin their trek by walking up the short access road to the trail head. From there, the hike meanders up the Cougar/Squak Corridor through big leaf maples, mossy overgrowth and large cedars. The trail technically finishes at Five Corners but hikers are encouraged to continue onto Debbie’s View; a picturesque sight of Mt. Rainier. At around 5.5 miles round trip and with an elevation gain of 1500 ft., this is an excellent day hike. So come check it out for a fun summertime adventure!

Goonies, Foodies and more Movies!

Okay, so I’m no Dr. Seuss and I might be missing some iambic pentameter but this rhyme conveys a VERY important message because on July 8, three things are happening: Goonies, Foodies and Movies. Check out the full news release here.

Goonies: The popular First Tech Movies@Marymoor outdoor cinema series at King County’s Marymoor Park begins its 11th season on July 8 with “The Goonies”. Come see Mikey, Brand, Data, Mouth, Andy, Stef and my personal favorite, Chunk, as they hunt down the infamous treasure of the pirate “One-Eyed” Willy. Word on the street is that the real life Seattle Seafair Pirates are making a special land appearance. The event celebrates the 30th anniversary of this iconic movie which was filmed locally (well, almost) in Astoria, Oregon.

Foodies: Food trucks galore! Vendors such as Wicked Pies Pizza, Breads & Circuses gastropub, Crisp Creperie, Hallava Falafel, Los Chilangos and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt will be supplying grub to satisfy all cravings.

Movies: Eight movies will be shown throughout July and August and for only $5 a ticket, you don’t want to miss these magical evenings. Families, couples and dogs are all invited to sit back and relax (bring some low-back lawn chairs or a blanket for extra comfort) while watching some of their favorite flicks. As a cherry-on-top of an already spectacular event, Redmond’s Knotty Yoga crew will perform aerial acrobatics at six events and on July 29 the Seattle Freestyle Frisbee folks will showcase their Frisbee moves. Click here for more information, join the event on Facebook and check out the full schedule below.

2015 First Tech Movies@Marymoor

Wed., July 8: The Goonies

Wed., July 15: Dirty Dancing

Tue., July 21: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Wed., July 29: Big Hero 6

Wed., Aug. 5: Top Gun

Wed., Aug. 12: Grease

Wed., Aug. 19: Tangled

Wed., Aug. 26: Guardians of the Galaxy

We hope to see everyone doing the truffle shuffle on July 8!

Trail Alert: Sammamish River Trail (we promise we are done for the day)

Straight from the fingers of the KC Media [Picture a smoke enveloped room, filled with the sounds of typewriters and lots of horn-rimmed glasses, but with none of that].

Electronic trip counter coming to Sammamish River Trail part of statewide mobility study

Transportation planners will soon have new data available to them with the installation of a new automated trip counter that is being installed this week along a stretch of King County Parks’ popular Sammamish River Trail.

The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is installing an automated trip counter on the trail, just north of Northeast 85th Street in Redmond.

Workers are scheduled to install the counter during the morning of Tuesday, June 23. From approximately 9 a.m. to noon, trail width will be restricted during while workers put the counter equipment in place.

Trail users are asked to use caution while going through the short work zone while crews set up the counter. Trail use should not be impacted by the electronic counter once it is installed.

The counters are able to track hour-by-hour usage, and they can differentiate between bicyclists and pedestrians on the trail. This represents a vast improvement to the current method of estimating trail usage on King County trails, which is based on two-hour manual counts taken yearly.

WSDOT has coordinated with other jurisdictions to install several of these counters in strategic locations across Washington state, including two in Bellevue, to gain a better understanding of non-motorized activity. King County trail planners will have access to the data collected by the Sammamish River Trail counter.

King County Parks’ Regional Trail System extends for 175 miles throughout the county and is used by thousands of people daily for commuting, recreation and other uses.

Trail Alert: Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

Lake Alice Road SE culvert replacement project is scheduled to begin on Jun 22, 2015 at 7:00 am and be completed on Aug 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm. The work will require a full closure of the road. A detour route through the Snoqualmie Ridge community will be opened for public use during this construction. To report any concerns about this or any county road, please call 206-296-8100.

For more information, please visit the project page.