Last night - just at midnight - we woke to the sound of the Coyote's howling. Loud & mournful - I knew - without knowing - that they were voicing their shock & sorrow at the loss of their habitat. With those howls fresh in our minds, we decided to hike up late this afternoon. Only a few feet in - the trail was gone. We were confronted with a scene - surreal in it's stark contrast to what once was... Soon, there will be 600 residential homes here, residents complaining when the coyotes take their pets & deer eat their flowers.
|Where my entry trail was~|
|Trees cut & stacked ~|
|Butch - where my trail came out on the intersection~|
|Lined up & ready to go~|
|The gate now~|
|Toward the power lines, west~|
|My trail is between the trees ahead~|
|Right past the edge~|
|Looking back the way we'd come~|
Back at the intersection, we walked north.
|Butch walking north~|
|Looking east from the road Butch is walking above~|
|What was a drainage basin~|
|Cutting through toward 116th~|
|Looking south, back the way we'd come~|
|Butts in the dirt...|
|The cedar log marks the way~|
To think of all the land that isn't wooded, doesn't have the headwaters of three different streams, doesn't have fresh water wetlands & doesn't have wildlife... Somewhere else besides here? This last remnant of the forested land that was our buffer from the ever-spreading Marysville.
|The land - looking from west to east~|
Since this image is old, it only shows the first of the development. Now, everything along the west edge of the large wetland is gone. It's probably not worth the effort to try to get through - but I may try. I know that the Cathedral will go down soon - there's the trail soon to be road that they will cut right through it.
|Marysville development moves east~|
Combine this mess with the new development just five-miles up Burn Road, then the 300 houses that are planned for the old Thoroughbred farm near the Granite Falls High School. Our narrow country roads were never built for the kind of traffic that we already have, not to mention the cars that all these developments will add. Our rural lifestyle has lasted a long while - just not long enough... Snohomish County has sold out our rural - five acre status - for rural cluster development dollars...