2014 Wildlife Hike to Carnation

 Photos from 2014 hike to Carnation

Blessed with a gorgeous, sunny morning, it was an awesome day of good-humored hiking. Tracey Emmanuel is filled with knowledge of the tree farm’s current and past logging activity, Ames Lake history, wildlife, and other tales.  We trekked, laughed, listened, learned, and leaned in just close enough to take in the stunning view of the Carnation valley.  A great lunch at Ixtapa was the perfect way to end the day.

Great news for you: If you couldn’t make it, Tracey has offered to take you and your group on a private hike.  Our advice is to get a group together and GO! 

Sept. 6 – 9:30 – WILDLIFE HIKE TO CARNATION

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9:00 Cars to Carnation- Meet at beach to take cars so we can get back.

9:30 Meet at the beach and hike on!

Drizzle or sunshine, grab your sturdy shoes, backpack, bottle of water and come join the group hiking up and through the tree farm on Sept. 6th. ( About 1/2 day.) Tracy Emmanuel will lead us, enthusiastically sharing his knowledge of Ames Lake’s history, the tree farm, wildlife, and guiding us to stunning valley views.  

You can choose to pack a lunch and picnic in Tolt-McDonald Park at the trail’s end or walk into Carnation and lunch.

Bring the family and enjoy this annual, always popular event. Questions? Call the ALCC universal #- 206-337-9561

 

 

Garage Sale a Great Success!

Our ALCC annual garage sale was a terrific success and brought about $1000.00 to the ALCC.  

Special big thanks to Sharon Miller and her volunteers who ensured the event was well organized.

Having an annual event keeps it fresh in everyone’s mind as well as well as your contributions of good, salable items, aka “no junk”, makes a big difference.  It isn’t too early to set your gently used treasures aside for next July’s event. Thanks, everyone!

Ames Lake Artists Part of Snoqualmie Valley Arts Tour

Two of our Ames Lake Residents, Jim Wilcher, glass artist, and Ed Edelstein, painter, will be among many artists who will be opening their studios to guests for two days at this self-guided, free tour.  Click this link to find a map an artists list:  MAP OF ARTS TOUR

When- June 21 & 22        Hours- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meet artists in their studios, see the region’s galleries and art-friendly businesses while you enjoy the scenic byways of the Snoqualmie river Valley.  This is a unique opportunity to see the creative spaces that produce some of our area’s best art.

The tour lands on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year so you’ll have plenty of sunlight to see a wide variety of art.  Plein air painting, monumental stone carvings, unique metal sculptures–you will encounter a wide variety of quality work on the trail of discovery through our very picturesque rural landscape.

 

 

 

Workparty for Lot D

Please join the team and help improve lot D so those who live in the southwest quadrant–and anyone else, including those who like to take their dogs to the lake.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH  -  9 a.m.  - meet at LOT D.

Where is lot D?  Click here to see the map.

Water Testing the Lake

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Alicia and Ryan Tremblay are on the water and volunteering as Ames Lake participates in a special King County water testing program.

Beach Keys Still Available!

Our three key exchanges have past but you may still obtain a key using US Mail.

Click here for the form.  Print it and send it along with your payment and a SELF ADDRESSED TWO-STAMPED ENVELOPE so we can mail your key back to you.  You may include your old key, but remember to put two stamps on the envelope that you mail to us.

If you have lost your key or this is your first key, the deposit is $10.00.  Too, you’ll find a request for $15.00 yearly to help offset the cost of beach maintenance.  This was passed by those attending the annual meeting.

ALCC Address: 3647 E. Ames Lake Lane NE, Redmond, WA 98053

Our Facebook Page Keeps Growing and Growing

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We’re delighted that our Facebook page nows has 62 members due to the energy and effort of Lisette Johnson.  On our private ALCC page, there are reminders and event updates, members share news, referrals, day-to-day neighborhood activities (both good and worth watching out for)–just about anything one would talk about over the proverbial backyard fence.  There are couple of steps in order to join because we want to ensure you are an ALCC neighbor, so thank you for a bit of patience.  Click to join:  I WANT TO JOIN ALCC FACE BOOK

New Tool for Lily Pad Removal

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ALCC member Tracy Emmanuel used one of his many talents to tackle the proliferation of lily pads in our lake by fabricating an excellent tool for their removal.  Tracy showed the tool to those attending the annual meeting and the 10 rakes he brought along were quickly spoken for.  Although the real winner is the lake’s ecosystem, sale of the tool ($100.00) will benefit the ALCC after reimbursing Tracy for his costs ($40.00).

Tracy explained that the best time to get after the lily pads is when you see the shoots coming up in April and May as the weather warms.  With the rake and it’s “V” shaped blade, your forward-and-back motion at the base of the plants cuts them off when they’re small.  Should you want to remove the plants when they’re on the surface and blooming, it is more difficult and messier because of the weight of the plant debris and less ability to see–you’ll need good biceps for it, but it can be done.  If you’ll do this reliably a couple or three times, they’ll not come back for a few years.  The rake also has an extension handle so you’ll not have to wade into the deeper water.

This is a very sharp tool and one that should only be handled with care and be carefully used only by a responsible, attentive adult.  Do not use when other people are in the water nearby.

If you are interested, the rakes are $100.00 prepaid.  Print out the order form/release form and send your check to the ALCC address on the form. Click here for the ORDER FORM.