Our application for the the place in Chimacum went through, and we’ll be there full time and for good by the Marine Area 9 salmon opener on July 1. For those of you who attended “Cutts and Chum,” we will be living more or less directly behind the Tri-Area Community Center. That puts me about 10 minutes from Government Cut, about 15 minutes from Ron Hirschi’s place, and about 20 minutes from Marrowstone Point. It’s about 15 minutes to the Jesus is Lord beach, and about that far to one of my favorite grouse hunting coverts–a place on Pope land with extensive bitter cherry and water. It’s about 20 minutes to Jeffrey Delia’s house, and about that to my favorite tidal creek. I will be less than an hour from my favorite rainbow trout river, one I plan to fish regularly this summer, and about the same distance, but in the opposite direction, from my duck hunting ponds.
One thing that does make me a little sad about the move is that I won’t be swimming or throwing dummies for Ruby or fishing Gibbs Lake. I wrote about my fondness for Gibbs in the chapter “When the Rhodies are in Bloom” in my first book. I used to fish it regularly, and when I worked in PT I often swam across the lake before work on summer mornings. When Eliana and I lived in Hadlock, she used to put the turkey in the oven on Thanksgiving morning, and we’d take Lily and walk the trail around the lake. Several times, we saw coho spawners in the outlet creek.
As is the case with Anderson Lake, Gibbs has tended to produce toxic or potentially toxic algae blooms in recent years. Gibbs is currently under a “caution” status from the Jefferson County Health Department, which means that you shouldn’t let dogs swim or drink the water, not swim in areas with scum, and be careful how you handful fish. Anderson Lake is currently at a “danger” level and fishing has been closed. A few years ago, a couple dogs died from drinking the water at Anderson Lake. As far as I’m concerned, it isn’t worth the risk to fish or swim or take a dog to either lake anymore.
That’s a real bummer, because Gibbs Lake is one of my favorites. And it’s only about 10 minutes from our new place.