Monday, April 29, 2013
Puyallup, the Shibboleth of Western Washington. If you know how to pronounce the name of this town and why most people visit, you are likely from Washington.
This Saturday's visit was for the Daffodil Valley Volksport Association's event. This walk was scheduled to coincide with a local "Families in Motion" Celebration.
I arrived in time to check in and watch a cub scout lead the attendees in the pledge of allegiance.
Then I hit the trail.
The Puyallup Riverwalk Trail is a paved pathway consisting of two completed segments with about a mile of residential roadway and sidewalks in between. The master plan is to connect it with pathways in other communities, eventually spanning the distance from Mount Rainier to Tukwila.
The route was 5k eastbound on the riverwalk and 5k back. On the return I walked with a local who pointed out wood carvings of bears near the path and in the trees along the walk.
I had made an early morning of it, so decided to check out the Puyallup YRE 242 to get in Event #25. I got the map for the route and noted that the start point was not far from the 5k mark from the mornings event. Rather than doing a 5k on the route I had just traveled, I decided to drive to the mid point and start there.
Puyallup is an old town with a lot of history. The directions wonderfully pointed out the historical buildings on the route. When I got to the town square I found another "street fair" going on. It may have also been part of Families in Motion, but might be a regular Saturday event.
It was a nice morning in spite of the weather and fortunately, the real rain held off until I was near home.
For non-locals.... is pronouced "pew-AL-əp" and it is home to the Puyallup Fair (now the Washington State Fair) one of the 10 largest annual fairs in the country.