From a425couple@21:1/5 to All on Thu Feb 20 16:45:44 2020
Nearing Springtime in Lynnwood!
After unusually gray and wet winter months, we got a couple of dry
sunny days. It was very nice. On Tuesday 18 Feb. I took the
wonderful 2 grandchildren over to our 'Treasure Island'.
Out the new gate, then carry the 2 year old Theo Bear over the fallen
log, then come back and help 4 year old Elora balance. Then we spent
about 45 minutes exploring the barely passable paths through the
wilderness. They both said they liked it. That's very nice to hear.
And the plants are starting to bud out. Until last summer our
little 5 acre lake in Lynnwood was almost hidden to all. If
you looked at the right spot, you could see about 50' of
freeway traffic, or about 1/2 second as the cars and trucks
peeked out as they passed through. Then last summer two serious
clearing projects were done. The biggest for us was Sound Transit
doing right-of-way clearing for light rail along the freeway.
So they removed hundreds of evergreens that had been growing for
55 years and more (we counted one as 145 years/rings old) along
the side of the freeway and total removal also of the trees that
had grown on numerous residences that ST bought and demolished.
Also, a developer bought the 7 acres across the lake, tore down
the 23 old and marginal residences there, almost totally clear-cut
everything else, to greatly regrade and start building 44 new
and fancy homes. Between the fall of leaves in the Fall, and
those two projects, we were suddenly seeing a huge expanse of
freeway congestion. When traffic is moving fast, we can watch
a car or truck for 15 seconds. When it's jammed, a vehicle can
be in sight for a minute. But now with the low deciduous trees
starting to leaf out, and new houses being built, that should
block some of the sights and sounds of the freeway. Life goes on.
Perhaps this will ease a bit of the feelings of things lost.