Monday, July 22, 2013
I met Mom & Dad at the mall for a morning of shopping and then lunch. Northgate Mall is also the start point for two volkswalks. It was a gorgeous July afternoon, so I chose the walk that circled Green Lake.
There were a few block of busy streets and then on to neighborhood streets. We passed a local secret --Pilling's Pond, which is a private garden/duck sanctuary.
At 3k I reach Green Lake. This park is part of Seattle's grand 1903 Olmsted Plan to create a series of interconnected greenspaces around the entire city.
There are many things that draw people to the park; a big draw is the 4.5k path around the lake. It is so popular that signs have been posted to divide walkers from those on wheels.
It was a great day to walk and to people watch. I saw swimmers in and out of the designated beach areas (out included what looked like a water aerobics class) There were kayakers, paddleboaters and sail boats (no motors on the lake.) I saw fishermen, painters, golfers and lots of sunbathers. There is a wading pool that is popular with young families.
On the path I saw people of every size, color, age and fitness ability. I am so happy the city values this resource and encourages healthy activity.
After a loop around the lake the path goes to the checkpoint...the church where dear hubby and I were married 30 years ago.
Back through slightly different streets and back to the Mall. A nice 11k walk.