I made a rediscovery today that my brother and I had found a long, long time ago. It’s a pond that sits in a newish (at the time) development somewhere on the hill at 20th Street in Lake Stevens. I’d tell you how to get there, but I think it’s best that this weathered beauty be left alone. She has some healing to do.
It took me some time to find the pond as it’s really quite well hidden and I was just a kid when I first laid eyes on her. What I found was a detention pond (that I don’t recall being there) and behind it an overgrown trail. I didn’t see any no trespassing signs so I set sail to find my long lost friend. After being attacked by a dozen blackberry vines, submerging my boots in mud and carefully maneuvering over some electrical cord I found the pond!
However, disappointment ensued. Hence the reason for the title of this blog post. The tiny pond pictured above used to fill the meadow with her sparkling waters. A dramatic change had taken place here and I can think of a few reasons why.
Going back to that afternoon almost 20 years ago when my brother and I tumbled down the hillside to discover her. A man had followed us down and had a somewhat angry disposition. He questioned our reason for being there and once he realized that we meant no harm he let us in on an issue that was arising at the pond. People were killing off the family of beavers that resided there. Maybe this is why she has been reduced to a mere puddle?
My other thought is that the surrounding development had something to do with it. With the addition of the detention pond just uphill from “disappointment pond” means that run off water is being diverted there before slowly reentering the wetland and into Kuhlman Creek that enters and exits the former beaver paradise. Could this upset to natures way of doing things be the problem? I just don’t know, but what I do know is that nature is resilient and maybe she will someday return to her original splendor. For now I will hold dear the memory of a shimmering maiden hiding beneath the shadows of evergreens.
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