A River Runs Through It

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Title Insurance with First American Title

The Cedar River starts high in the Cascade Mountains near Yakima Pass. It’s pristine snow pack waters are stored in Chester Morris Lake above Landsburg and continues down the western slopes to Maple Valley then heads northwest several miles through downtown Renton into the southern end of Lake Washington. About 45 miles altogether.

It’s been Seattle’s (and Renton’s) primary water supply since 1901. The watershed is a beautiful high mountain 91,400 acres of protected land owned by the City of Seattle. There’s a lot of fascinating history about this little river and the changes put upon her by our pioneers.

Map of the Cedar River.

Today I celebrate its wonder.

I love to (and don’t often enough) go for walks through town and catch the trail to the Lake. When I was a kid, before the park, I went fishing here with my Grandpa and Uncle George. With my childhood pals we inner-tubed it in the summertime, rented boats on it and rowed out into the lake. We skipped a lot of river rocks and mid September watched the salmon run. I caught my share of crawdads then, back in the day.

Let me not forget that downtown bridge once famous for kissing girls. And lost loves with broken hearts, tossing 'go steady' rings into the water from above.

The Cedar River, downtown Renton, Washington.

I’m not sure what got me thinking, but a list I ran. For much of my life the Cedar has blessed me with its water. I drink it, make coffee, and in it my daily shower. I wash my clothes and cook with it, water my lawn, garden and flowers. I brush my teeth and wash my cars. We freeze it for ice and made Kool Aid, and beat the summers heat running through sprinklers.

What might this have to do with real estate? Why everything, when a river runs through it.

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Debbie Reynolds
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Rene, Water, we can't live without it. We take it for granted and just love to stare out at it. It is a life source for sure.

October 24, 2012 05:36 AM #3
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Alexandra: Thanks, I know it's about the water... but kissing is important too :O)

Myrl: Yes fortunate, I think so to... You have two beautiful rivers and both are much larger than the Cedar.

Debbie: True. It was funny it just hit me and I was on autopilot creating this list of water uses and its source was the Cedar River... It was fun to do, I've never thought about it quite the same way before.

October 24, 2012 08:41 AM #4
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You paint such a beautiful picture with words.  Keep it up!

 

 

October 24, 2012 01:06 PM #5
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Hi Rene,

Your photograph is outstanding and Barbie is right..you paint a beautiful picture with words..thanks for sharing!

October 24, 2012 06:56 PM #6
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You are fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful area.

Enjoy the colors of autumn with your camera in hand.

Chihuly Exhibit, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

October 25, 2012 04:06 AM #7
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Rene-It's hard to put a price tag on these amazing resources. We are so fortunate in the Northwest to have so many bodies of water to enjoy.

October 25, 2012 04:07 PM #8
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You write the best localism posts for your area that I have ever read.  And, it is great to put the area with the history.  I hope that someday I can send a referral your way, Rene.

October 25, 2012 05:46 PM #9
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Hi Barbie: Hey, when did you sneak this one in? HA! Will try!

Thanks Dorie, I'm glad you enjoyed. Someday's we're better at it than others, but that's what I love about blogging... We're up to doing our best every time regardless of outcome :O)

Roy: Alway's with camera and I do enjoy! You are correct, we are very blessed here in the Northwest with so much beauty.

Adrian: And as one who considers himself to be thankful and aware of my surroundings, I was taken aback when that little list started running through my mind of how much this little river has contributed to my life directly.

Don: Likewise! Place and History, so important to life, happiness, and real estate!

October 25, 2012 06:16 PM #10
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Rene, what a lovely post!  You really communicated what the Cedar River has meant for you.

October 26, 2012 08:03 PM #11
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Rene' loved your post about the Cedar River, looking at the picture reminded me of the Danube River in Hungry, specifically Gyoer, where I was born, the walk way looks identical I have to dig up a picture and send it to you:)) Thank you for bringing great memories back to me:))

October 26, 2012 11:23 PM #12
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Very charming and romantic post Rene'. I love it when a river runs through it - and our area watersheds are a good indication of the health and viablility of the surrounding communities. So, what does a river have to do with real estate? Everything.  Well said.

 

October 27, 2012 06:26 AM #13
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Thanks Pat... and I really tried to do it fewer words than it started out with! :O)

Endre: I would love to see a picture! It's funny how years go by. I've always enjoyed the river but never stopped like the other day to think about how much it has been part of my life.

Debb: Ah yes, and you have the mighty Columbia, the Washougal, and the Lewis rivers come to mind. Thanks.

October 27, 2012 08:33 AM #14
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 René,  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week!

October 28, 2012 08:55 AM #15
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What a lovely post about a beautiful area, Rene.  And great pictures.

October 28, 2012 09:03 AM #16
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Hi Pat... Thanks for the feature in Last Week's Favorites! I'm glad you enjoyed.

Jane: Thanks! And thanks for the stopping by and the comment.

October 28, 2012 09:23 AM #17
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You have such a way of portraying this gorgeous setting. Thanks for sharing your river with us.

Gretchen

October 28, 2012 10:16 AM #18
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Gretchen: Thanks! Much appreciated. Funny how thinking about the river the other day took me to writing this post. But, I until the other day, hadn't really thought about it in quite the way I discovered it and wrote it. I learned a lot, it was a great little project. Thanks for stopping by!

 

October 28, 2012 06:06 PM #19
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Hi Rene - Sometimes reflecting upon past experiences are the best ways to present our personality and beliefs..  thank you for sharing.

October 29, 2012 09:54 AM #20
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Gay: Thanks so much for coming by. I agree, and it's not dwelling in the past, but reflecting and honoring the past to reveal how feel about things today. Thanks again...

October 29, 2012 01:07 PM #21
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Rene - 'A River Runs Through It' is one of my favorite books and movies. A river is so important to a community for all of the reasons you point out.  I would constantly be going for walks or bicycle rides if I lived near the Cedar River.

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