Short-Tailed Weasels

Congratulations SHORT-TAILED WEASELS on a strong finish to your third year in Explorers Club. Thank you for your growth, courage, play, and skill building. You have answered the call to Stretch Your Edge and grow into the wider world of exploration with us. We're excited to continue the journey with you!

Before we look forward let’s take a moment to look back. Take a moment to take a look at the Short Tailed Weasels' Blog Posts.

The SHORT-TAILED WEASELS skill for this year is the Art of Carving II &  Art of Fire Making and Maintenance. Read more about our BEC Skills Progression and the vital skill of being prepared with our Be Prepared ChecklistAlso please make sure that your Explorer reviews the Knife Safety and Usage Video on the skills page. Our Earth Skills Journey will lead the Explorers down a path that will lay a firm foundation of craftsmanship, wilderness living, and deep naturalist connection.

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Short-Tailed Weasels 2018-19 Schedule

OUTING #1: Saturday, September 22, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Pine and Cedar Lakes

We will be breathing and sweating as we climb up into the Chuckanuts to the beautiful Pine and Cedar Lakes!  Our hard work will be rewarded by the opportunity to see carnivorous plants, find ancient trees, and hopefully find some ripe berries!  We’ll challenge ourselves with a good hike full of games, skills, and adventure.

Directions: Drive 1.2 miles south on Chuckanut Dr.. Veer left onto Old Samish Rd. and continue for about 1.9 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right. Map.


OUTING #2: Saturday, October 13, 9:30AM-1:30PM
SERVICE: Connelly Creek Restoration Site at Happy Valley Park

Our official EC restoration site has changed dramatically in the last three and a half years. Blackberries that were once well over head-high have been chopped down to nothing and many of their persistent roots have been dug out. Hundreds of pounds of trash has been removed, the reed canary grass has been covered with bark mulch, native species are beginning to be planted on the banks of the creek, and the alder are growing markedly faster than our Explorers. 

The most exciting news is that, for the first time in about 80 years, the salmon have returned. Now those returning salmon are really going to need our help if they are going to lay eggs. We'll focus on providing just the right environment for a vibrant and happy northwest stream. With the help of Bellingham City Parks and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), we are making a real positive impact on our land. Please take a moment to track the history and view photos of this amazing site.

Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th St. and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn right on Donovan Ave. and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 32nd Ave. and drive for .2 of a mile. Turn left into Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside. Map.

OUTING #3: Saturday, November 3, 10:00AM–3:00PM 
TRAVERSE: Chuckanut Ridge to Chuckanut Mountain

This journey along Chuckanut Ridge is a great hike through the heart of the Chuckanuts. We'll start where "Dan's Traverse Tail" meets Cleator Road about 1.7 miles up the windy, mountain road. Then we'll connect to the "Chuckanut Ridge Trail" and the "Lost Lake Trail" which will take us north, past great views, and an abundance of healthy forest. There is nothing quite like traipsing through a natural setting with a group of close friends to revitalize the soul. We should cover four miles or so, so eat a big breakfast and be ready to hike!

Drop-Off: Drive 3.8 miles down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto Hiline Rd and continue on Cleator Road. Drive up Cleator Road for approximately 1.7 miles-- it's 1 mile to the hairpin turn and another 0.7 miles to our trailhead. Our Google Map Destination is a little bit short... you'll have to drive for another 1.2 miles past here.

Pick-Up: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy. Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #4: Sunday, December 2, 10:00AM-3:00PM

SHOWDOWN: Games Day with the Cave Dwellers, Lookout Mountain

We will meet the Cave Dwellers group for some friendly competition during which we will work both together and against each other. It’s possible that we’ll play "Life and Death in the Forest" and set up an epic game of "Spider's Web" or "Ripple Through the Forest." Mentors may even have a couple of tricks up their sleeves too. :) Be prepared with your best stealth and camouflage skills!

Directions: From Bellingham, take Lakeway Dr. east for 3 miles. Continue for another .5 miles as it turns into Terrace Ave. and then Cable St.. Take a right on Austin St., which becomes Lake Louise Rd. Follow for 3.3 miles. Trailhead parking lot will be on the right. Map

OUTING #5: Sunday, January 20, 10:00AM-4:00PM
EXPLORATION: Alternate Incline to Lizard Lake

Lily and Lizard Lakes sit on Blanchard Mountain and offer pleasures both very real and “under review”. The steep hike up is an aerobic workout and the reward is worth the exertion (and that doesn’t even take into account the legend!). There’s no telling weather the legend is real, but even if we don’t see it, the boulder field where it was first sighted will be great to scramble over. If you see the legend, please alert your fellow Explorers and Mentors so we can check it out for ourselves!


Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: From I-5 take exit 250. Turn west onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile to Cascades Montessori Middle school. Map.

OUTING #6: Sunday, February 24 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: North Lake Samish

In Whatcom County, we are blessed to have the endless trails of the Chuckanut Mountains right in our backyard. On this outing, the Explorers will have to grasp the nettle as they navigate the steep slopes of the eastern Chuckanuts and feel the damp northern exposure that this area provides. The North Lake Samish trail boasts some spectacular vistas and waterfalls and also holds some challenging route finding through mixed use logging terrain. If we are lucky we might even make it to Pine Lake.

Directions: From Bellingham head south on I-5 and take exit 246 toward North Lake Samish. Turn left onto Lake Samish Drive for 1.6 miles. Take a sharp right onto Lake Samish County Park. The parking lot will be on your right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #7: Saturday, March 16, 9:30AM-1:30PM
SERVICE: Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park

Our official EC restoration site has changed dramatically in the last three and a half years. Blackberries that were once well over head-high have been chopped down to nothing and many of their persistent roots have been dug out. Hundreds of pounds of trash has been removed, the reed canary grass has been covered with bark mulch, native species are beginning to be planted on the banks of the creek, and the alder are growing markedly faster than our Explorers. 

The most exciting news is that, for the first time in about 80 years, the salmon have returned. Now those returning salmon are really going to need our help if they are going to lay eggs. We'll focus on providing just the right environment for a vibrant and happy northwest stream. With the help of Bellingham City Parks and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), we are making a real positive impact on our land. Please take a moment to track the history and view photos of this amazing site.

Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th St. and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn right on Donovan Ave. and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 32nd Ave. and drive for .2 of a mile. Turn left into Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside. Map.

OUTING #8: Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Yew Street Woods - Making Maple Blossom Fritters
 

The Yew Street Woods lie on the Western entrance of the Lookout Mountain Open Space. From our drop-off location on San Juan Blvd. we will access the power line trail and venture Southeast along the lower flanks of Lookout Mountain. With plenty of space to roam and navigate we will utilize the myriad of social trails and spend some time getting to know this wild land located right in our own backyard. On this outing, we will have an opportunity to harvest and eat one of our areas most delicious wild edibles - maple blossoms!


Driving Directions: Heading South on I-5 take Exit 253  and head East on Lakeway Drive for 1.1 miles. Turn right on Yew Street and drive for 0.7 of a mile. Turn right onto San Juan Blvd. On street parking will be on your left. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


OUTING #9: Sunday, June 2, 9:00AM-4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Racehorse Falls

139 vertical feet of cascading water. A deep fold of Chuckanut sandstone. A momentous flash flood in 2009. Fossilized relics from an Eocene river delta. All this comes together to create a magnificent exploration. Racehorse Falls never ceases to amaze.


Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: From I-5 take exit 250. Turn west onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile to Cascades Montessori Middle school. Map.
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