Tossing and Tortured 'Till Dawn

I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

We're back, ladies and gentlemen. I know I've got a lot of catching up to do, so bear with me.

First of all, there's a new trail in town. The Milton Interurban Trail is completed at last, fully paved -- and very nicely done, I might add. There are little concrete stripes with inlaid metal mile marker plates at half-mile intervals. There are benches, wastebaskets, and one picnic table overlooking the little protected wetland valley. It's like this:



It does take away some of my solitude, though. From my back window, I used to only be able to see the wetlands. Now, you can see the trail. Admittedly, you can't actually make out the asphalt, and only barely see people walking along it, but it's still a change. It's made worse by the trees, of course. My landlord had a number of trees at the edge of the wetlands cut down. It makes the whole area look a little more sparse. The idea was that, after two years of some serious windstorms, the trees might end up in the buildings if they were blown down, which I can understand, I suppose, but I'd still prefer to have them there. They weren't massive firs or anything, just fairly serious -- oh, I'm not very good at botany. Those deciduous trees with the fairly narrow round trunks, smooth bark, and smallish leaves on lots of branches. Erm, the same kind you can see in the photo above.

But that brings me to this:

RIP THEM ALL DOWN.

I think I've shown you what my street looks like before. Looked like, anyhow.



I'll see if I can't get a photo of the new, improved version later today, but this is the hill I go up, every day, on my way to work. On my 40-lb commuter, it's definitely enough to get the blood moving. Well, one of the fun things about it, indeed, one of the things I enjoyed about living in Milton, was the way you had to climb up though what felt like a tunnel in the trees to get here.

The entire righthand side of firs are gone.

In the disused top part of the Lloyd gravel pit, we'll now have STONE RIDGE Senior Community. "We put the LIFE in senior lifestyle!"

Yes, I'll bet you do.

1 Comments:

  • At 9:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I actually got onto the Milton trail early in the week. Its a nice trail, No such thing as a flat trail in Federal Way/Milton. I know you mentioned not racing this year but it it perfect for uphill intervals. You might have 1 or 2 people going through there during a nice cloudy day, like today.

     

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