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1 tl I I I :'i 00tt,nghigh on n'ger MoUntain s00Ny sC6-F00 are not usually found in pet you can rent coattails and Clothing, household items, are available for very good expanding all the time. Elements can be fierce as a Tiger By Harvey Manning A 20th century explorer who frequented the icy barrens of the Arctic Circle commented that "'an adven- ture is a sign of incompetence." He pointed out that while alien Englisbmen blundered and floundered to miserable, heroic deaths in what he called "the friendly Arctic," Eskimos who knew what they were doing lived there very comfortably, thank you. The Issaquah Alps Trails Club would not like to be thought of as part of the "adventure industry." Little equipment and less experience (two components of "'competence") are demanded to ramble safely and un- afraid over the hundreds of miles of trails in the club's inventory. We offer not "adventure," which may be good fun indeed, (though frequently the immediate pre- liminary to hospitalization) but "'excitement," quite a different thing. The single most exciting terrain in the Alps is the Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT are the initials you'll see on our signs) and vicinity. Its 11.3 miles range from virgin forests to fields of flowers to canyon creeks to sub-alpine ridges to green jungles to views over the entire Puget Sound basin." Not once does the trail cross a road, though in several stretches it follows grades of 1920s logging railroads, veritable museum pieces. There are many varieties of Tiger excitement: finding the first Easter lily of spring or the first chanterelle of fall, hearing a pileated woodpecker jackhammer a stump or meeting a cousin of Irving Petite's Mr. B; discovering a rail still in place on the West Tiger Railroad or a rusted wheel from a car on the Wooden Pacific Railroad. The excitements that perhaps come the closest to the danger line are those of the upper air. Tiger Mountain goes very high into the sky. Look from Issaquah up to West Tiger and see clouds slicing off the summits: Set out on the trail from the north end. (Drive Interstate 90 east from Issaquah, take the High Point exit, turn right to the frontage road, turn left on the frontage road to the gate. Walk beyond the gate to the road end in the woods and spot the trail Several yards uphilltO theright.) Climb through the gorgeous big-tree forest and inter- sect the Wooden Pacific, then the West Tiger Railroad. Switchback into the tiger lilies and ox eye daisies on the rocky slopes of West Tiger 2. Two or three hours from downtown Issaquah, enter the cloud and become one with the universal solvent that has reduced all surround- ings, including you, to a thin gray soup. Or see billows of enormously lofty clouds in an intensely blue sky and climb amid the cathedral masses, the surfaces brilliant as heaven, hearts black as hell. Feeling spiritually close to both places, stand enthralled. Are there wispy little clouds racing across white ridges? Climb there and see a ground blizzard approaching you, billions of tiny sharp ice crystals blowing on a gale. This, you realize, is why the trees are so stunted and deformed. Turn your back and stop breathing. With some winds, that's no help. On a spring day when the flowers in Issaquah gardens are drooping in the still and sultry air, there can be winds atop Tiger as horrifying as those that carried Dorothy and Toto to Oz. Aside from 60-knot gusts, a freaky swirl at the shear zone may generate an actual tornado -- only a few seconds in duration and covering only an acre or two, but toppling dozens of trees. If, on a turbulent day, you hear a sudden dreadful roaring, see how quickly you can crawl into a mountain beaver hole. Not to be too hypocritical about "'adventure," I'll conclude by revealing I'm capable of being as incom- petent as the next fellow. A winter or so ago, the sky beyond my office window on Cougar Mountain was so dark blue it was almost black. I knew what that meant, shut down the typewriter at lunchtime and by mid- afternoon was shin-deep in snow atop West Tiger 3, bracing against a 40-knot wind, a steady blow with no gusts or lulls. The air was so clear it wasn't there at all and I looked down to bug-sized cars on the Hobart Road, out to sail- planes above the Great Green Plain and the adjoining Great Blue Lake, north to the San Juan Islands and south to Rainier, west over Cougar and Squak Mountains to the towers of Downtown Seattle, ferryboaLs on Elliott Bay and the peaks of the Olympic Mountains. It was as mystic an experience as I've ever known, making me for some minutes unaware of my flesh. When I became aware again, there wasn't as much as before. Due to my wearing not boots, but tennis shoes and thin socks, my toes were missing. Due to a lack of mittens, my fingers, even within pockets, were gone below the second knuckles. Due to no hat,. my north- side ear had vanished, along with my nose. The old medical term for this condition is "freezing to death." I made haste downward and got most of my parts back by the time I reached Lake Tradition. Let me add that I Morning light breaks through at the southern end of the trail. Windblown trees struggle for survival on the mountain top. RODI SHEMETA LUDLUM PHOTOS sant experience. Of course, there are those stores though they are quite people in the market for harmless. For $30.99, one gooseberries in syrup or can purchase the little crit- sliced mangos, and other ters. .unusualdelicacies, andthey Exotic birds from too have a place to go. Australia and South American can also be Thinker Toys found. Most do not breed in captivity and are captured Gilman Village in the wild and imported Toys in this shop are here, ranging from $200 to known for their aesthetic thousands of dollars. They appeal, sturdy, pretty toys have the intelligence of a with beautiful artwork. The four or five year old and toys are educational with pick up people's moods. play value, and not the Theycan be taught a lot. typical ones advertised on If exotic birds or taran- T.V. tulas are not for you, other Upstairs in the annex are animals for sale are turtles lifelike dolls to :collect, as (box or red ear sliders), kit- well as games and puzzles, tens, chameleons, tree Downstairs are toys de- crabs, hamsters, gerbils, signed for infants as well as guinea pigs, and a large pre-schoolers and school selection of fish. age children, along with sta- tionery, stickers, stuffed : 'n animals, more puzzles, T- Browse Barter shirts,etc. 155 E. Sunset Way Question: Your son The Ark (Pet Store) comes home from school telling you he is in a school H i - L o S h o p p i n g play, and needs to be a Center gentleman from a decade As of January, 1983, ago. You need to supply the tarantulas are alive and well costume. What do you do?. in Issaquah... and for sale Answer: Go to Browse 'n at the local pet store. They Barter in Issaquah where More shopping in the works One major shopping center is on the way to com- pletion in Issaquah and several others are in the beginning stages around the area. Several existing centers will also be expand- ed. The Meadows Retail and Office Complex on Gilman Boulevard is scheduled for completion in spring, 1984 and will house a QFC Market, Schuck's Auto Sup- ply and many small busi- nesses. A shopping center on the Pine Lake Plateau broke ground in early fall, 1983 and will contain a Safeway store and several other busi- nesses. Several smaller shopping areas are also planned for Gilman Boulevard. Heritage Square and Gilman Station are theme developments on the drawing boards. The Hi- Lo Shopping Center is scheduled for its first major remodeling and expansion and Gilman Village is in the process of adding five new shops. 41 There are two legislative districts in the greater Issaquah area. Redistricting in 1982 left the town "politically divid- ed." other old costumes for furniture, old books, vin- prices. One may even make plays, partiesand fun. tage records, pictures, apurchase for5. Browse'n Barter, stacked magazines, knick knacks, Browse 'n Barter is going with merchandise, has and many other items that into its nineteenth year of something for everyone, have been previously used existence and has been Keep them smiling! Check with your dentist about sugar- free snacks, proper brushing, fluoride treatments and other facts about den- tal hygiene. Ronald J. Fasano Barry A. Feder Robert C. Folkman Steven C. Harrop A.D. Lloyd Edwin W. Mitchell Jerry W. Mitchell Jerry L. Parrish Homer Perkins D.S. Randall Charles H. Reed Arnold R. Sims ISSAQUAH DENTAL COMMUNITY ISSAQUAH The town with so many unusual attractions also has an extraordinary book store THE BOOK PEOPLE A store that's unusually warm, colorful and spacious m more than ordinary in size, number of books (over 30,000 books on hand) and number of titles (over 8000 titles stocked) They buy out estates, the items are always changing, but the nostalgic flair re- mains. -- Ellen Reichman i We would like to encourage those who aren't already familiar with The Book People to come and visit our store. We are also building a mailing list for possi- ble future projects. So, whether you are a newcomer or already a customer, we want you to come in and browse. And, you're in luck. If you visit us before October sixteenth and bring this coupon with your name and address entered, you will receive a 20 percent discount on all regularly pric- ed merchandise in stock (except comic books, magazines or items already marked down) which you buy during a single visit. Only one coupon will be ac- cepted per family. Hope to see you soon. "20 Percent Discount" Coupon Void after 10-16-83. Redeemed for: Nome Street Address Cdy State Zip 00eBook People