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Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale, Washington

Author's Note: I am not quite sure in which category to put this, as "Random" seems too random. Nor does "Travel" seem appropriate, as the trail is 10 minutes from where I live. Update: 2/18/15 Travel it is, thanks to PriscillaKing .

On Saturday, I met my new friend at the Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale, Washington. I have never been there and I knew they allowed dogs on these trails, as well as having a huge dog park. Chris brought Bella, a lab mix w/??, one of the sweetest dogs I have met.

Author, taken 14 Feb 14, Clear Creek Trail

The trails themselves were beautiful, though I am sure that we did not walk all of them from what I am now seeing on the organizational website . I must download the map and take it with me the next time I go.

I have also learned that (as quoted from the website):

  • The Clear Creek Task Force formed in 1993. CCTF operates under the aegis of the former Kitsap Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization, now known as the Great Peninsula Conservancy.
  • The CCTF is an alliance of Kitsap County citizens, businesses, groups and service organizations. Its Mission is to create and maintain a community wide network to mobilize support, educate and focus actions to preserve, protect and restore the Clear Creek ecosystem.
  • Members and supporters envision a future with Clear Creek as a healthy stream ecosystem with clean water, a healthy salmon run, native plants and animal habitat, providing quiet enjoyment and evoking sensitivity and respect for the stream, a part of our natural heritage.
  • Task Force meetings are the first Thursday of every month except December. Meetings start at 8:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. The Clear Creek Task Force is an all volunteer, community based team.

As a grass-roots organization operating on a budget of $15K a year, I am impressed with what they as individuals and a collective are doing and have already done, and I look forward to spending more time exploring. It appears that many groups volunteer and get involved based on some of the signage I saw.

After letting Bella run and play with the other dogs in the dog park, Chris and I walked for about an hour or so, talking about our families and lives. Chris is mid-20s and an interesting person who grew up in Germany. I am finding that I am beginning to be seen by several 20-somethings as an auntie and friend. It keeps me engaged with the world around me and helps me to understand how young folks see the world, in general.

As it is still winter, the colors of spring have not yet emerged, but I love seeing the mosses and lichens growing on the barren trees. Even these are beautiful to me.

I look forward to returning to Clear Creek Trail soon.

Author, taken 14 Feb 14, Clear Creek Trail Author, taken 14 Feb 14, Clear Creek Trail Author, taken 14 Feb 14, Clear Creek Trail

Resource: http://www.clearcreektrail.org/index.htm

All photos taken by the author.

© 2015 Coral Levang

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Image Credit » Author, taken 14 Feb 2014, Silverdale, WA

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Comments

Ellis wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:07 PM

$15,000 a year doesn't seem much...maybe they rely on volunteers..

melon1234 wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:12 PM

Always nice to find a place you can take your dogs to explore, I just hope people keep it clean and tidy with those pets!

Oceanblue wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:14 PM

Your photos look lovely and very interesting article, thanks for sharing love Bella.

BarbRad wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:15 PM

It's a great season for observing the lichens and mosses on the trees. I took some photos of that myself on Saturday.

seren3 wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:57 PM

What a beautiful place! I have to drive quite far to walk anywhere remotely similar - and usually don't. So I appreciate your photos!

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 4:00 PM

If you read what they are about (listed) and the website, you will find that you are correct.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 4:04 PM

As it is community-run, and not organizational, I found it to be quite well-kept. I did find a soda pop can along one of the trails, but I picked it up and threw it away at the next receptacle. In the dog park, they supply "poop" bags. Everyone seemed to be rather responsible, as visitors.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 4:05 PM

Thank you for the comment, and Bella is too wonderful not to share! She makes me want to get a pet.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 4:06 PM

BarbRad I LOVE lichens. I think they are so interesting.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 4:08 PM

seren3 Here in the Pacific Northwest, I feel as if I am living in a picture postcard. I feel very fortunate to have this area almost literally in my backyard.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 16, 2015, 5:36 PM

It is very pretty looking. People must volunteer a lot for it to be that nice on such a low budget

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 9:12 PM

From the website, I think there is a lot of community involvement, yes.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 17, 2015, 7:14 AM

A trail was made in the area I used to live in the UK, and was a circular route around the countryside and along a river bank, it was lovely but vandalized in places, this made me so mad.

CoralLevang wrote on February 17, 2015, 9:49 AM

Vandalism makes me so mad, too.

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 17, 2015, 11:49 AM

I'm not surprised that someone Chris's age sees you as an auntie and a friend; she may even see you as a role model as well. Bella looks like a fantastic dog. And the trail looks like a really good one to explore through the seasons.

CoralLevang wrote on February 17, 2015, 12:05 PM

Beware of the role model with "issues," I might tell him. LOL

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 17, 2015, 3:20 PM

Role models with "issues" are sometimes the best ones because they're Real-with-a-capital-R people. Everyone has issues and no one can live up to an image of perfection.

PriscillaKing wrote on February 18, 2015, 8:11 PM

One thing to look forward to is being recognized as an aunt. A year ago college kids were still seeing me as a freshman...flattering in a way, but it's what's kept me from teaching high school or being able to marry my Significant Other before the Lyme Disease melodrama. I haaate young men! And the girls who are jealous of them, too!

PriscillaKing wrote on February 18, 2015, 8:13 PM

I think pieces like this go in "Travel." From online readers' point of view.

AliCanary wrote on February 20, 2015, 5:33 PM

LOL at the "Atheists and Agnostics" sign--that's pretty awesome. I would classify something as "travel" is it's a spot people might like to visit, even if it were local to me.