Yachats Trails

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Yachats Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader

Happy New Year to all! And to start the year off on a cheerful note, here’s a wee bit o’humor someone recently sent me:
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal, they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. Holmes said: “Watson, look up and tell me what you see”.
Watson said: “I see a fantastic panorama of countless stars”.
Holmes: “And what does that tell you?”
Watson pondered for a moment: “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.”
“Why? – What does it tell you, Holmes?”
Holmes was silent for a moment then spoke: “Someone has stolen our tent.” (Pause here for a guffaw – or a groan…)
Somehow, this got me thinking about the many different ways people experience the great outdoors in both simple and complex ways; how our local trails suit such a variety of interests, perceptions and physical abilities; and how, on any trail, there is always something new to learn. We hope that in the year to come you’ll find time to explore these great resources in ways most meaningful for you. Better yet, come share your experiences and knowledge with the friendly and always welcoming Trails Crew at our monthly work gatherings. A huge thank you goes out to all the wonderful volunteers who show up whenever they can to make our trails beautiful and safe for all. There will be many activities planned for the year ahead so watch for details coming soon.

YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
The good news is that as winter advances, most of our weeds retreat. Well – ok they never retreat, but they do slow down. In January we’ll do some pruning, digging and general winter cleanup until the serious competition begins again in the spring. If you aren’t yet aware of the various weeds and invasive plants we tackle around town – and why we do that – this is a good month to curl up with a cup of cocoa and peruse the Yachats invasive plants brochure that you can view or download from http://www.ci.yachats.or.us/weeds/Brochure-weeds.pdf. (Printed copies are also posted in the Commons entry area.) Of course it’s also a good month to get out for some fresh air and fun by spending a couple of hours with the most gregarious YIPS! crew at our regular third Saturday gatherings (see schedule below).
If you have any questions about weeds, contact our weed wizards Wally (541-547-5474) or Don (541-961-6695), who are always happy to answer any questions you have about invasive plants in the area.

Upcoming Trails, YIPS! and Related Events
The Yachats Trails Crew meets on the first Saturday of each month and the YIPS!  crew on the third Saturday, both from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There are always a wide variety of tasks for all levels of interest so come join in the fun. We guarantee you a warm appreciative welcome and a rollicking celebration of our accomplishments at the end.  

Upcoming events to add to your calendar:
January 3rd (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Trails Crew work event (TBA). 
January 17th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: YIPS! work event. (TBA) 

For more information, and to sign up for the mail list, contact any one of us via phone or email:
Lauralee Svendsgaard, Chair, Yachats Trails Committee at 541.547.3640 or lsven@peak.org. Joanne Kittel, Leader, Development Committee & Amanda Trail at 541.547.3144 or jnkittel@peak.org. Wally Orchard, Leader, YIPS! at 541.547.5474 or worchard@peak.org
Jan Brown, Leader, Communications at 541.547.4927 or espressobrown@gmail.com

Click here for brochure on invasive species