7-Day Forecast for Scenic Hot Springs Area (2,900 ft near beginning of Trail Head)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Clean Up Party Scheduled Sept 9th at 9am

While we still await decisions from the county in regards to slopes and stream restoration permits we have erosion control measures that need to be addressed prior to the coming Fall and Winter wet seasons. So, for all of you who wanted to participate in a clean up event, this is your opportunity as there are few that can be scheduled while we still in permit-limbo.

This clean up party is to deal with some of the erosion problems in the BPA clearcut area and involves a fun time working together with others who love these springs. Two main goals: 1) Make sure the culverts on the upper road are clear and that drainage will be unimpeded, and, 2) Do some diversion work on the slopes below the upper BPA road.

The slopes are steep so I do ask all participants to wear appropriate clothing (especially sturdy boots). Bring your favorite pair of work gloves and if you have trenching tools like picks or mattocks and narrow blade shovels, bring them along.

We will meet at the gate at 9am and then proceed on up to the clear cut area where there will be parking for most vehicles. 4x4s may proceed further up with our tools and equipment. After the day's labor . . . well, it's soak time and food.

Please RSPV directly back to me if you intend to participate. Let's also try to arrange carpooling to limit the number of vehicles.


Sunday, August 13, 2006

Let's set the record straight . . . (updated)

Update: I took a lot of flack for this post, and an identical post in TribeNet. Despite my frustration at the events the lead up to my posting, I feel and know I need to make a public apology to the persons involved who believed, in all honesty, that there was a Clean-up Party on August 7th. As one commentor points out, that date is listed in the Friends of Scenic Hots Springs Tribe Summary if you click on the 'more' link. Over the months and years you tend to forget that old information and it came back to bite me. I've asked Robert, the moderator to correct the Tribe's summary. That August 7th date was the first work party scheduled way back in 2004. Again, I apologize. Rick

I don't know where this idea of a work party on Aug the 7th came from but it is bogus information.

Something bothers me.The follow on group also used the excuse that they were up there to cleanup the trail and I thought to myself as I was hiking down that it was too coincidental . . . two different parties carrying trash bags to pick up stuff? Convenient excuse in case challenged? There was also a lot of name-dropping going on . . . "Oh, Mike said it was okay". When was that? Last year? Were you at the last cleanup party? Do you have a 'permission card'?

I talked with Mike for over an hour after that. Lots of people he doesn't recognize and he doesn't remember the vehicles. Mike drove up to the springs to wait at the gate . . . mainly to make sure no one tried to sneak in after dark. But I suspect he was interested in those who dropped his name. Come on folks . . . be honest. Respect and attitude counts more than anything else, but stories of clean-up parties (and signs in the car windows) kind of peeve me off and I'm just gonna start turning people around that are not on the list I carry.

The only place where clean up parties are officially announced is here, in this blog. The next clean up party won't be till September or so . . . we are still waiting for the land use permits and can do nothing without them.

On the different tack . . . to the couple I met up at the springs (the jeep Cherokee at the gate) and the Harley hog illegally parked up on the BPA road. Don't bother coming back to the hot springs. You are banned (Mike concurs). The activities of the past are over. Scenic will become family-friendly whether you like it or not. When I came over the rise above the springs, I could have quietly sat there and taken picture after picture in glorious detail . . . so engrossed you two were. Instead, I hope I embarrassed you enough with the 'Come on kids, this isn't the place for a 'b***j**'. I spent the next two hours emptying the pool and scrubbing it down after I suggested you leave.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Definitely Not The Place To Park

Well, it ain't the chain-up area where you're limited to 15 minutes but you will definitely attract the attention of the State Patrol or the Sheriff's department; both of whom patrol this section of highway pretty often. Don't know if you can legally park on the shoulder of SR2 . . . perhaps someone can clue me in . . . but it's pretty obvious where the occupants of this truck went . . . the hot springs.

That kind of publicity we don't need. The deputy will drive by, note the car and say 'aha . . . someone is sneaking in to the springs and they're posted'. The deputy does have a key to the gate (we gave him one) so he can simply drive in looking for you. Or just wait.

On a related note, all the signs at the gate have been torn down. Childish behavior. There are still more warning signs posted further up and newcomers waste a hike when they have to wait till they get to the trailhead to really understand they are trespassing. Those who tear the signs down to maintain a plausible deniability . . . well, we'll catch you sooner or later and make sure you are never welcome at the springs in the future. Of course, you are not welcome now. You're childish pranks are completely at odds with respecting the springs and the owner's rights to the property they are on.