This land is your land | Editorial

Is it just us, or has anyone else felt the frustrations of cabin fever recently?

We’ve set the clocks forward and mild temperatures have been the norm for March. There’s even been families sitting in the grass eating ice cream on sunny afternoons.

As the San Juan County Land Bank celebrates its 25th anniversary, and spring dangles its goodness right before our eyes, the number of feet that tromp across public lands is sure to increase. And, as San Juan County taxpayers, you ought to go out and get your monies worth.

The Land Bank is the only one of its kind in Washington state and you can bask in its uniqueness on all the ferry-served islands.

San Juan sports the picturesque Limekiln, Deadman Bay, and Westside Scenic preserves, where you can walk, take a picnic, or just park and take in the sunset.

Feeling adventurous? Enjoy the Land Bank’s largest property, the Turtle Back Mountain Preserve. Hike to the top and enjoy sweeping views of the islands.

If you need some moral support and companionship, be a part of the Turtleback March on March 21, at 1 p.m. Check in at the south trail head off Deer Harbor Road and Wild Rose Lane.

Lopez Hill and The Spit at Fisherman Bay are also gems to be treasured.

In April, the Land Bank will host poetry walks at its preserves on San Juan, so keep an eye out for dates and times to be announced.

Spring is one of the most wonderful seasons in the San Juans, not yet overrun by summer tourism, so get out there and enjoy the places that you’re paying the Land Bank to preserve.