Sometimes a favorite trail isn't the most dramatic one, it's just down the road or around the neighborhood. A place where we feel an intimate connection.
Wherever you go when you for a stroll, we hope you're outside and enjoying some part of the lovely area we live in!
We also hope you're able to take some extra time to think about your place and the history of it. There is Native American heritage all around us and it's important for us to dedicate some time honoring it and contemplating our place in it.
What is now called the Peach Preserve, for example, a 64-acre preserve of forest, wetland, and grassland with more than 2,000 feet of shoreline available for public access on the southern end of Guemes Island, used to be an industrial ship-building operation at the turn of the 19th century. For millennia before that, it was part of a territory that the Samish and other Salish entities resided in, just as they do today.
Wherever you go when you for a stroll, just know that you weren't the first and you won't be the last, so take some time to learn as much as you can so you can be as respectful and deeply-knowledgeable for the strolls in between.
It's been a big year for the Preservation Trust so far and we appreciate all the support we receive, whether it's planting trees or making a donation or attending an event.
Even you reading this post is helping to uplift our mission of protecting special places in the islands and we are grateful to have interacted with you.
That is all! Thank you and have a good rest of your week!
P.S. This photo is from a volunteer work party at the Turtleback Mountain Preserve that we co-hosted with the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank earlier this month (we have another one coming up on 12/1!). We have a new blog post out on our website (sjpt.org) that has more details. Check it out!