I met an interesting person at the coffee shop. They, like thumbprinter, thought highly of The Count of Monte Christo. This last weekend, over the air tv station ION ran the 10yr old movie version of TCMC. I saw the last hour. It was quite good, so my interest in reading it grew in seeing the movie.
And now, for something a little closer to home...reading material helping acquaint ourselves with our real life natural surroundings amidst the highways and the byways... . I finally remembered to get around to spending time reading a book produced and published locally by the Tualitan Riverkeepers and Oregon State University Press. The book's title is 'Exploring the Tualatin River Basin'.
This 162 pg, 5" by 8" hard finish paperback is quite a nifty little tome. What the writers have done, is focus on the Tualatin River Basin, ranging from out west of Forest Grove to just east of West Slope, north to the Tualatin Mtns (where Skyline Rd runs along.), and south to Sherwood. They've differentiated this encompassed area into 10 sections, each having between six and twelve viewing areas described with details about what's growing and living in each one.
Really, it's kind of a tour guide. Because all of the viewing areas are ones that have been encroached on by development and or roads, all of them could be visited by bike. Each viewing area has directions to get there from a major thoroughfare. What the book tells about is at once kind of sad, but also a victory of sorts. Through development, much of the areas natural environment has been lost...probably forever on a human human scale...but it demonstrates also, that what remains has been discovered and not so easily forgotten; known again and having hope of being appreciated by new generations of people.
Taking in the sites of the various viewing areas distinguished in the book can allow you to develop an understanding of how the seemingly nondescript, sometimes squalid looking (as in downtown Beaverton.) streams and creeks in the outlined area, collectively work together to help give our immediate natural environment the health and beauty we associate it with.