Sunday, Oct. 6th. Meet 9 a.m. at the beach.
Last night we gathered casually at Joan’s house, introducing ourselves to one another, sharing how we spend our creative time, learning what we hope to get from the group and tossing out suggestions. Our stats: Among the seven Creatives present (its a start!) we had 1 jewelry maker, 3 painters, 1 who should be painting more, 1 weaver, 1 welder/sculptor/artist, 2 writers, 4 sewers, and many other mentioned creative endeavors.
Our next meeting is set for Wed. April 23rd, and we’ll each be reaching out to another ALCC member to bring as well as each will bring an example of their talents.
We’d love for you to join us! Call 425-754-0628 for more information.
FIRST MEETING: Wed., Feb 26, 6:30.
Notice: If you sent an email to the previously included link, your inquiry didn’t go through due to a just uncovered email problem. Please phone us at the #, below. So very sorry for the inconvenience. We’re working to correct.
What a terrific chance to gather together with other creative ALCC members! Please join us for this kick-off meeting. At our first meeting, we’ll socialize, introduce ourselves to one another, find out what kind of interests everyone has, and think-tank ideas of how the group can be both a boatload of fun, inspiring, and mental nourishment. Telephone 425-754-0628, leave your name and phone #, and we’ll get to you the details as to location. (here in our neighborhood). Looking forward to a great first meeting!
Following October’s kick-off meeting, the Ames Lake History Group had another great meeting, Thursday, Jan. 16th, 2014.
Of keen interest to the History Group is compiling stories from people who have lived at the lake for many years. A list of potential people to talk with has been created and the group is hopeful that interviews can begin in the spring. So, for you folks who have lived at Ames Lake for many years, you may receive a phone call or email requesting some of your time to share stories, pictures, events, etc. If anyone is interested in being interviewed, please don’t hesitate to let Cim Edelstein know at email@example.com .
The History Group also discussed the possibility of creating a virtual library that would be accessible to everyone in our community. This is a long-term, on-going project that will take some time and thought. Again, if anyone in the community is interested in participating or sharing ideas on this, please contact Cim at the above email address.
There are other interesting projects that the History Group are considering. The main focus of the group is to create a foundation of the history of Ames Lake and continue to expand on that foundation with information, stories, documents, etc. that are made available.
The initial meeting of the new Ames Lake History Group met Oct. 24, 2013. Introductions were made and there was a general sharing of information and stories by all who came to the gathering. Interesting tidbits came out like the railroad that was used for hauling lumber and stretched from Fall City to the Snoqualmie River passing above the lane near the tree farm. Also, the pilings that you see in the lake were used to hold logs waiting to be taken to a nearby sawmill for either shipping as whole logs or to be cut into lumber.
We learned that there have been a couple of float planes that have landed on the lake in the 1990′s. Of particular interest and romance, one landed to pickup the bride and groom from their wedding. There was a great deal of concern about the plane being able to land and particularly lift off with so little water runway. While this makes an interesting story, we must all remember that combustible engines are not allowed on the lake and because of this we all enjoy a healthy lake.
We hope to document more stories from people who live here at the lake and share those with the community.
Bert Pschunder’s engaging talk about the geological makeup of the Ames Lake area was enthusiastically received by the group. Bert brought a recent geologic map of the Carnation quadrangle to demonstrate the makeup of our area showing patterns that represent different formations made by glacier and river action over the past thousands of years and also earthquake fault lines.
A glacier is a mass of ice that is thick enough to flow downhill. Before it can move it has to have a threshold of weight to move it forward. Consequently,the formations caused in our area were from glaciers that moved down from British Columbia to Puget Sound. As the glaciers moved they picked up debris (rock,sand,and silt) which was then deposited under the glacier and along the end/sides of a glacier forming ridges and hills (e.g. RedmondRidge, Sammamish Ridge, etc.) The glaciers flowed down and scoured out river valleys (e.g., Snoqualmie Valley) previously formed in weaker bedrock. The weaker bedrock zones were probably a result of faulting.
Another way glaciers leave their signature behind is the following: As the climate warms,the ice starts to melt faster than new ice can take its place. Just like a melting ice cube, over time it slowly melts and disappears. There once was a big ice block that sat here at Ames Lake. As the ice was melting, sand and rocks that were riding in the ice got moved by streams of meltwater. The water flowed off the side of the ice (as if through the ice block were a hill) and deposit rocks and sand on the sides of the ice block (called ice contact stratified deposits). This is part of what caused the band or tim of higher ground around Ames lake.
Another origin for the higher ground around Ames Lake is the glacieal till deposits that precede the ice contact stratified deposits. You might notice that we have a great many rocks on our properties and that the soil lis very difficult to dig into. This is because of the thousands of years of debris being brought through by glaciers, glaciers melting, and another glacier bringing more debris on top. The weight of the ice compacted the soil to make it difficult to dig without the use of a jackhammer or picks.
The geologic map also shows several faults in our area, most of which are oriented in a northwest to southwest direction. These faults are the result of a long history of crustal movements in the Pacific Northwest. A zone of recently discovered faults known as the Rattlesnake Mountain Fault Zone pass through or near the Ames Lake area. The geologic map shows one of the faults, the Rattlesnake Mountain Fault No. 1, passing through the northeast end of the lake. There isn’t enough information yet on how active these faults may be or how large an earthquake might originate from them, although a small earthquake (magnitude 3.4) occurred in 2010 under the Vincent Schoolhouse on West Snoqualmie Valley Road and may be related to Rattlesnake MountainFault No. 1.
Because most of the soil around Ames Lake has been compacted by the glacial ice, it is likely to be more stable during an earthquake than the soil in the nearby river valleys. The soil in Snoqualmie River Valley is looser and therefore is more likely to liquefy during a large earthquake.
Reference: Dragovich,et al (2010), “Geologic Map of the Carnation 7.5-Minute Quadrangle,kingCounty, Washington”, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources, Open File Report 2010-1.
So hope everyone peered through the mist on the evening of Dec. 21st and saw the colorful parade of boats, the revival of the Holiday Boat Parade. Many thanks to David Eagan and Bob Carter for their initiative to bring it back.
And what fun it was. Despite the mist, spirits were high on board the several boats festively lit up. Boaters shouted holiday greetings to one another and to people waving from shore, and enjoyed being caroled-to from revelers on the balcony of a home on the lake’s east side. The unofficial award for self-sufficiency goes to the Johnson’s, who included a crock-pot and fire-pit on their pontoon.
It is so exciting to see the enthusiasm for the event, and we’ll certainly schedule it again for next year. Start planning!
For many years Ames Lakers decorated the their boats and cruised the lake to celebrate the holiday, and 2 longtime residents, David Eagan and Bob Carter are in the lead-canoe, reviving the tradition. Feel free to light up your boat, pack it with your whole family and neighbors, and cruise with mugs of hot cocoa and all the merriment you can fit on board. Crank up the music and sing to the masses on shore! Be creative and we shall see you on the water.
Do you have some ideas for making the boat parade better? We’ll put you in touch with Bob and David. Contact Debbie 425-754-0628
Saturday, Dec. 21st - 4 to 6 P.M.
ALL NEW AND FOR YOU! For a long time the board has heard your desire for on-line community interactions. After all the discussions and questions, including investigating how other groups interact–or do not–on-line, this week kicks off a PRIVATE FACEBOOK PAGE THAT IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO ALCC MEMBERS. If you participate, you will know that those participating have been confirmed as ALCC members and are not from any other neighborhood. If you are not individually added as a verified ALCC member, you will be unable to read it, see who participates, or even find it through a search engine.
If you’d like to report a missing pet, report a found pet, or report on your profound need for a pet, here is where you can talk to your neighbors within a closed system, knowing the discussion stays within the ALCC membership. Saw a bear? Tell your ALCC member neighbors. Found a chrome hubcap? Tell your ALCC member neighbors. While the board will continue to utilize LakeLink and the website for announcements, news, and notices, the casual neighbor-to-neighbor conversations can be about anything you like, ALCC related or not .
Some of you use Facebook frequently and some will be new. Encourage your neighbors to become part of the of the conversation and help them easily set up an account if they are newbies. To maximize participation and encourage cordial interaction, we’ll agree to a simple code of conduct:
- Be kind to all and respectful to all opinions.
- Keep bad language out of discussions.
- No personal attacks
Anticipating that everyone remains respectful of their neighbors, there is no current plan for a monitor. Because we must vet each request–the laborious part of keeping it private–we ask you for your patience while we work through the first few weeks. If you would like to be “in”, send an email to ALCCNeighbortoNeighbor@gmail.com and include the following things:
1. Full Name and the “other” name if you use a different Facebook name…we have to find you.
2. Your ALCC street address
3. You LOT number (not parcel)
4. The best tel. # at which you can be reached if we need to.
Looking forward to a lot of great community conversation!
We know that it is now November 2013 however we want to reflect on last year’s testing and look forward to our next testing process in 2014! Here is an overview of this year’s findings:
This year, 2013, I decided to do the tests myself with a water sampling kit from LaMotte, designed specifically for community water testing, I did several tests over the course of the summer and early fall. These results in general indicate fine water quality.
Total Coliform: 10- 25 colonies per 100 mL.
The standard for swimming water is less than 100 colonies per 100 mL, so we are within the safe zone.
pH : 7.0
Perfectly neutral. The expected levels for a sub-alpine lake in WA are between 6.5 and 8.0
Dissolved Oxygen: 8.5->10.0
Dissolved Oxygen expectations are given in relation to temperature. The lower the temperature, the higher the expected dissolved oxygen. Our summer numbers are well within normal range.
Total Nitrates: Below detectable levels
Total Phosphate: Less than 0.1 ppm
Total Alkalinity: 20-25 ppm
Total Alkalinity is a measure of the ability of the lake to absorb and neutralize acidifying agents. This number is not very high, but is average for lakes in this area.
So, overall, the test results good. We will keep paying attention, and continue to have a strong water testing plan into 2014!
Over the past several years leading up to 2008 our county conducted testing. For history you can see the results of lakes in the area here: http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/wlr/water-resources/small-lakes/data/LakePage.aspx