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.

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