I got an early start on July 4. The guided walk at Seattle's Discovery Park had a sign in window of 30 minutes. I didn't want to be late, so I arrived early. After signing in, I was told I could wait for the first group, which wouldn't leave for some time, or I could head out on my own with a map. I am confident with maps, so off I went. I was off route -- on purpose-- fairly quickly. The 10k route left the park and came NEAR the Ballard Locks. (see June 3 #38) How could I go near and not go in? There were already a number of boats getting an early start on the holiday.
From the locks the route traveled some neighborhood trails and paths and returned to Discovery Park. The park was previously Fort Lawton, an army base that was given to the city in 1973; though much of the park was still used by the army until 2011. One of the remnants of the base is the military cemetery.
After a loop through the cemetery, we hit the trail.
at 5 k we headed down, down, down to the beach. The container ships leaving the Port of Seattle were so close you could see on deck.
I walked south beach, then rounded West Point at the lighthouse to walk North Beach--(actually the south shore of of Shilshole Bay.) I grew up on this bay and have never visited this beach. At the end of North Beach there was a climb back up the bluff over rugged terrain.
then back through the woods to the start.
Because I started early, I ended in timeto cross something off my "bucket list". I've wanted to attend a Naturalization ceremony; but frankly the idea of driving into the city on a holiday never appealed to me (somehow the idea of driving in for a volksmarch event got me motivated.) So, while it was not part of the Centurion Achievement Challenge directly, the walk did get me to the ceremony. It was moving to watch nearly 500 immigrants become US citizens.
As I sat watching the ceremony, with Queen Anne Hill in the background made me think "I'm here already, I think I'll do another walk." When the ceremony ended I headed to the Bustle café to do the "Top of the Hill" walk. I have a lot of history with on the hill, so it was a trip down memory lane.
Leaving the Bustle the route follows the boulevards that Queen Anne is known for. On the West side there were many views of Magnolia hill and the marinas and piers of Smith Cove and Elliot Bay.
Coming to the south side of the hill, I stopped to watch the tourists at Kerry Park. This park is popular with tourists for its spectacular views. And everyone wants their photo with the sculpture--usually with the Space Needle or Mt Rainier in the background.
Leaving the park we ascend one of many flights of stairs on the hill, and follow Galer St. to the former QA high, now condos.
This was the school my parents attended as well as aunts, uncles & cousins. I passed the home where my dad was born, the church were my parents met and where I met my own husband, and the house where he proposed to me...Oh, and there were some views as well.
it was getting late, so I headed back to the Bustle and headed for home. A picnic dinner and then of to a fireworks display.
Happy Fourth all!