This story starts with a group of people trying to create something good out of something bad.
And have a lot of fun doing it.
Last November, the Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department learned that an unauthorized trail and bike ramp had been built in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands.
While many of the trails within the Forest Lands are open to cyclists, an individual or group cut down 12 fir and cedar tree, and scraped out about a half-mile of their own trail.
The perpetrators went so far as to use pressure-treated lumber, logs and lag bolt fasteners to construct a ramp.
When Keegan Janicula heard the story during a work party with Ranger Dave Oicles, her reaction was why not give them what they’re looking for and save the Forest Lands from further destruction?
Janicula and her husband Sky Guthrie did some research and found the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Under the large nonprofit, they could form a chapter — the Fidalgo Trail Riders — to partner with the city to build a multi-generational, multi-skill level park for mountain bikers on Fidalgo Island.
Stanny Stuart will take Anacortes residents willing to let loose through a six-week course in eclectic street salsa and Afro-Brazilian samba dance this fall.
Her class series for beginner and intermediate levels is 7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 10 through Nov. 21 (no class on Halloween, Oct. 31) at Studio 1010, 1010 Sixth St. The cost is $55.
Dancing of all kinds has become quite popular in the past five years, including dance from different cultures, Stuart said. People are more exposed to dance, so salsa and samba are not difficult to learn.
“If you can walk, you can dance,” she said.
The September storm wasn’t powerful enough to stop two Anacortes women from swimming across the Guemes Channel in under 30 minutes on Sept. 28.
Hope Dean and Katie McMullen swam from Anacortes to Guemes on a dark, blustery morning.
They evaluated the weather conditions under the watchful eye of Jean Andrich, who swam the channel two years ago. The window of opportunity arose at 7:30 a.m. and the swimmers decided to cross escorted by James McMullen in his support boat.