Thursday, October 10, 2013
Today I went for an afternoon walk in Renton. The walk starts at a cute coffee& cupcake shop on the main street of Old Renton.
Walking down the street, the route passes in front of the Renton Historical Museum in an art deco building.
Renton has a unique and well-loved institution in its library, built directly over the Cedar River. The walkway in front of the library's entrance forms a deck from which salmon can be viewed as they make their way up the river.
The route turns down a ramp to a walkway right along the river. (There is an alternate walkway if the river is high and floods this walkway)
It is October -- and that means salmon spawning season. I took many photos trying to capture the scene. My camera doesn't do it justice, but here are a couple to give you the idea.
The route follows the river out to Lake Washington where a pier gives views of Seattle, Bellevue, Renton and Mercer Island. There were a lot of waterfowl in the estuary today.
There is a little park at the end of the path. on a hill above is a bench with a tree. The plaque says it is in memory of a Renton walker...a volksporter! How appropriate to include this landmark on a volkswalk.
Along the walkway one can look over the fence to see workers at Boeing attending to airplanes.
A longer, 20k route continues north to the Seahawks facility, but it is late in the day and its starting to rain, so I return to my car.
Thanks Interlakken trailblazers for a nice walk.