Sno Valley Trail 11/17/2016

For Dean Gibbs
For Dean Gibbs

Off work today, I guess I was lazy, I wound up driving to Duvall and parking near the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and walking on that nice, level trail.

Along the way I noticed a bench set to memoralize one Dean Gibbs, who walked that trail until the last of his 91 years on earth, and made little statues for his grandkids from railroad spikes – you can see one on top of the little plaque.

He sounds like my kind of guy.

Anyway, plenty of photo ops.

The Trail
The Trail
Rural view
Rural view
Looking south along the trail
Looking south along the trail
sheds and a barn
sheds and a barn
I like the blue barrel
I like the blue barrel
the landscape is moist
the landscape is moist

I saw this sign indicating a ‘Beaver Deceiver’:

Still not sure exactly what this is
Still not sure exactly what this is

I Googled it up and found information but it seemed a bit vague to me.  Basically, beaver deceivers are ways of re-directing beaver behavior from behavior humans don’t like to behavior humans can tolerate.  And without hurting the beaver, unless it hurts their feelings to be deceived.

This trail runs along the Snoqualmie River which, today, is not all that high.  But it often floods and here is how high it has gotten during the past: (the 1% indicates how high the water would be during a 100-year flood):

Flood Levels!
Flood Levels!

It is a pleasant walk in a rural area.  You see things like this:

It is this kind of area
It is this kind of area

And, looking in the direction of the arrow:

The Trees
The Trees

Voila!

I parked near the Duvall Police Department and, before the walk, stopped in at the local Duvall Coffeehouse for a cup of coffee.  Historic?  Well, it is a river town so it has some history.

Duvall
Duvall

Anyway, no elevation gain to speak of, about 9.5 mile walk on a pre-Thanksgiving day.

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