Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Neighborhoods around airports are not usually known for their scenic beauty. Sea-Tac Volkssports Club's Stroll the Old and New in Burien, WA was a pleasant surprise. Starting in a busy commercial area, the route quickly moves to quiet neighborhood streets taking in several parks along the way.
At about 4k the route has an option to enter Eagle Landing Park. The promise of a beach on a hot July day was too good to pass up.
The quarter-mile trail from the parking lot to the beach drops 275 feet in elevation. Somehow when there is this much elevation change, the distance seems farther. My camera battery was exhausted, so I don't have pictures, but there were never more than three people on the beach. The woods above were home to bald eagles. It was like a semi-private paradise.
Going back up the hill was not an easy feat as the last set of stairs had washed away in a storm, it was more of a scramble to reach the path.
Returning to the road, we continue to walk through neighborhoods in Burien, occasionally catching glimpses of the majestic Mt. Rainier....showing all the way to the foot hills. I didn't get a good photo of the real thing. but here was a mural with a good likeness.
The route circled Lake Burien
and went through old town. It was a great day to be here as it was decorated for the fourth of July parade and festivities tomorrow.
After all these years, I'm still learning about things about our area.