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.
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.
All photos taken by the author.
© 2015 Coral Levang
Image Credit » Author, taken 14 Feb 2014, Silverdale, WA