In last month’s post, November, I walked the farm. A circuitous route that begins at a barn, follows a fence line, enters a small wood which borders a hay field, and then exits the forest into the field and eventually back to the barn and beyond to the river. The trail is not long, about a mile, and it lacks any definite topography. The only peak is a dike created by the Army Corp to contain the river.
Although the farm captures some of the biological richness of our region, it is far from the full reality that is Snohomish County. Over two thousand square miles make up the county. With the Sun rising above the Cascade Range of its eastern border, and then setting on the west coast of the Puget Sound, it is one of the most environmentally, geographically, and geologically diverse places on the planet.
To reiterate a passage from my very first post, to say this is a Snohomish County almanac is misleading. I never intended to represent such a vast area, nor did I claim–or expect–to fully understand my small lot. Rather, it was a start. For me, the hard part of a hike is getting out the door with your boots on, but once that’s accomplished we’re ready for new experiences and adventures.
Obviously, much is left for me to explore and understand on my farm and in the county. For future posts, I hope to venture beyond my Home Range and include observations and thoughts from different locations, ecosystems, and farms. In A Sand County ALMANAC, Leopold referred to Part II as: Sketches Here and There.