What a difference a day makes. Yesterday we were trying to get our walk in between rain showers. Today its blue skies and 90 degrees.
I have been saving the two DesMoines walks for a day like this. (I have a goal of doing 100 DIFFERENT walks this year) The write up promised views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. I was not disappointed.
DesMoines Walk Y1461 is called simply "south". Starting in the Marina District, it did just that...walked south along Marine View Drive. Though this was a busy street, it was a pleasant walk with many nice homes and views of the Sound and the mountains.
At about 3k we turn off the busy street and enter Salt Water State Park. It is a rather steep drop from the entry down to the beach, but it is a beautiful walk.
And then you get to the beach. I remember driving my boys here for a low tide day when they were young. It seems many young families were doing the same today. It was quite busy for a weekday.
I took my time exploring the beach and the park and sat near this bridge to reapply sunscreen before moving on.
The return trip was retracing the route back to the start.
The second walk Y0605 is titled "Creek Stroll". I chose the 5k, which did not spend a lot of time on the creek, but it was very interesting anyway.
Starting out with a walk on the marina, it was interesting to look at the boats and birds.
This guy was being lowered in a sling from street level...I had to stop to watch.
Time to get my bearings before heading on
The directions for the 5k have you skip the fishing pier, but I went out to the end anyway. I was rewarded on the walk back with the chance to watch this couple have their wedding photos taken.
Leaving the marina, the route enters Des Moines Beach Park, a former summer camp now public beach access....
... then joined the Des Moines Trail.
After a short walk along this creekside trail I was instructed to return to the park,
and climb the cliff back to the start point.
Thank you SeaTac Volkssport Club for adding these fine walks to our area.