Despite some wet weather (hence fewer walkers) the 2016 Walkabout was a great success. The folks below are the one-day crew who walked the 17.66 miles in 7 hours 14 minutes. Another group did the walk on two consecutive days. Congratulations to all that participated and “Thanks” to everyone who contributed to make the Walkabout a success.
On Saturday, March 12th, the Lopez Community Trails Network, had its first “Go Take a Hike” of 2016.
This was a beach walk from Odlin County Park to the Village with the intention of both having a good time and doing some good by cleaning up the flotsam and jetsam on the beach.
There were ten people participating including: Kirm Taylor, Mike and Taya Higgins, Liz Taylor, Charlie Janeway, Ron and Sheila Metcalf, Mike Moore, Volodymyr Voronov, an exchange student from the Ukraine who is a junior at Lopez High, and Nick Teague, with the San Juan Islands National Monument.
We started at Odlin rather promptly just before noon as we were concerned about the incoming tide. The walk was both beautiful and a little arduous as there were logs that we had to climb over and a beach full of large rocks to be stumbled over.
We picked up a lot of trash. The most common was styrofoam and bits of plastic in varying sizes. There were also crab pot buoys, an anchor, cans and bottles, ropes and much more. Nick Teague rowed his dory south from Odlin, met us at Flat Point and took aboard much of the trash we had collected up to that point. That was also a good stopping place for lunch. The view was fantastic.
Then we shouldered on south, collecting more debris, until we finally arrived at the stairs by the Bay Cafe, tired but happy. We were especially happy that the weather had cooperated and we did not get the expected rain. Some of the approximately 200 lbs of collected trash will be picked over and used for an Earth Day beach trash sculpture project by the Lopez School.
The LCTN has a number of projects that we will be working on this Winter & Spring so if you would like to help contact Kirm Taylor or join our meetings on the first Friday of the month at 8:30am that are usually held in the Lopez Library meeting room. And it's all free! But if you would like to contribute towards our expenses you can send a check made out to "LCTN" to Kirm Taylor (1937 Bakerview Rd). Or if you want a tax deductible donation you can make the check out to "San Juan County Land Bank" and put LCTN in the Memo line.
You can contact LCTN at email@example.com
The LCTN will return to the Lopez Farmer’s Market from 10am to 2pm in Summer 2017
We will have information about the trails on Lopez Island and also have info about the Bureau of Land Management, the Land Bank, the Preservation Trust, Lopez Island Conservation Corps, Friends of Lopez Hill, San Juan County Parks and WA State Parks.
Please stop by and visit.
Currently we are working with several non-profits towards the purchase of Lopez Hill and Odlin South and we will continue to work on projects at Sharks Reef Sanctuary in cooperation with the San Juan County Parks Department. We also are working on the planning of trails in the Village and the 2017 WALKABOUT. Contact Kirm Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be placed on our mailing list.