Saturday, March 23, 2013
I really had my heart set on a road trip, but with snow yesterday and then a friend stopping by this morning, it wasn't to be. Instead I headed to the next town north, Redmond, WA. I chose Redmond YRE 1067 starting at the Bella Bottega QFC. Though it was cold when I started, the sun made the walk feel warm. Leaving the store the route heads a few blocks west and joins the Sammamish River Trail.
I enjoy walking the Sammamish River trail. This 10.9 mile paved walking/biking trail stretches from Redmond to Bothell where it joins with the 27 mile Burke- Gilman Trail. There are several volksmarches in the area that include segments of these trails. No wonder... it is a peaceful oasis in the midst of the city.
For this walk, we leave the trail at Redmond Town Center, a newer shopping mall built on what was previously a golf course. It was interesting to people watch. . I can guess that these wet youngsters were playing in the fountain. BRRR it was about 42 degrees out at the time.
I don't know the story of the pink people.
Through the shopping area and onto still another trail that leads to Marymoor Park... Marymoor is King County's most popular park. It offers miles of trails for walking, running, biking, skating and horseback riding. There is a popular off leash dog park complete with pet grooming stations and a pet cemetery. I am told that there are 3 million visitors to the park each year. I think 1 million of them were there today.
(Tonight was a Cirque Du Soleil performance . .crazy traffic.)
The historic Clise Mansion lies at the western edge of the park. It was created in the early 1900s by James Clise, a banker. The landscaping was designed by the Olmstead Brothers. The mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Back on the trail again, the route follows the Sammamish River Trail back to City Hall and from there back to the start.