Thurston and Mountain Gate
April 6, 2008
Pat Soussan, Julie Dorland and Lou Maenz joined me in Thurston on a
storm-threatened morning to walk “my neighborhood walk”. From Bob
Straub Parkway, we trudged up through a new housing development called
Mountain Gate. Half the walk was through the “first phase”, which had
filled in fast, with very large new houses. We viewed an interesting
playground: the basketball backboards can be raised or lowered to fit.
Plastic joints and curved pipes fashioned a sleek jungle gym. A mile
through vacant wooded lots came next. Here Pat spotted two pileated
woodpeckers in a cluster of big leaf maple. We got a really good look
at them from about 30 feet: our scrutiny became too much, they flapped
off, cackling like Woody Woodpecker. A small colony of trillium somehow
escaped the bulldozers. A final mile through an older development
brought us to my home and the shuttle van. The rain began as we
arrived. Mostly, the morning was all about friends together: leisurely
walk and boisterous talk. Thanks to three cheerful companions who took
a chance on “my neighborhood walk”.
Barb Revere, leader.