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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Day trippin'

Welcome to Jordan River...
That's about all there is as far as a 'town' goes. Built on the backs of the logging industry of the early 1900's, it's now used mostly  for recreation.
So that's what we were doing there yesterday, on a gorgeous spring day, picnic in hand...
We were also celebrating the end of a long battle with locals pitted against big developement.
You see, Jordan River has long been a mecca for surfers. More so in the winter when the waves are bigger and winds charge up the surf. Mind you, all year, people have been coming here to camp and beachcomb and explore the area known for its amazing beaches and forests.
The area along the water was slated to be sold for BIG developement, including condominiums, high priced housing and lots of land clearing to do all of these projects. 
When it seemed like all hope was gone, the municipal government finally stepped in (with a huge amount of pressure from locals and people near and far) and agreed to purchase over 2300 hectares and preserve the land for parkland. YEY!
gooseneck barnicles
dried ostrich plume seaweed

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
John Muir


farmlady said...

Oh yes, John Muir is right.
I love all these photos. They're beautiful. You live in a lovely place. I can't believe I got so close and didn't drive to Sooke. Maybe next time.

Jenny said...

Nick and our surfer friends are very happy about the recent deal. Do you know if Muir Creek is included? I don't think it is which is too bad. I think the TLC is going to have some fundraising to do... I guess if Madrona Farm doesn't make their deadline, those funds could be used by the TLC for this, but I'm still hopeful. :)