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If you can combine a walk with visiting family graves, you can combine a walk with almost anything.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Blogging the Centrurion Acheivement Challenge in 2013 #99 - Lake Forest Park, WA

In December my parents and my cousins gather at a cemetery in Lake Forest Park, Washington to put flowers on the graves of our grandparents and my cousins’ parents. It is not a somber occasion. We catch up on each others lives as we use the mausoleum anteroom to arrange flowers, then sing Christmas carols as we walk the halls to put flowers on the crypts. Then we leave the building and leave wreaths on those who are interned outside.

I had noted earlier in the year that walk Y1144 includes this cemetery in its route description. I had completed 98 walks this year and wanted to walk #100 with a friend on Monday… #99 was going to be combined with the annual family gathering.

The start point of this walk is at a shopping center/community gather place in Lake Forest Park Washington. Crossing an interesting bridge,

the route climbs a hill and passes through a n interesting neighborhood

before descending and walking the perimeter of Acacia Memorial Park. (Refer to first paragraph.)

Leaving Acacia, the route crosses busy Lake City Way and steeply descends to the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Walking on the former railroad bed turned trail, I can see views of Mt Rainier and Lake Washington as well as some nice waterfront homes decorated for the holidays.

I’m on the trail for about 4k before coming to Log Boom Park in Kenmore, WA. The history walk in the park is interesting as the area has a rich heritage, yet as only been an incorporated town for 25 years,

Crossing busy Bothell Way, the course navigates more neighborhood streets before returning to the start.

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    Judy, thanks for your comments. The yellow thinks on the bridge did not seem to have a function, just decorative. The long pier is community access to the water. One often sees people fishing or bird watching there.
    1590 days ago
    Thank you for taking us on a hike through this beautiful place. How awesome is that to see Mt. Rainier, The bridge indeed is unusual, what are the yellow things poking out all over? Is that a pier or a road leading across the lake.
    That is nice you all can get together at the mausoleum & to hear what is going on in each others lives, & to sing Christmas carols as you are going along.I think that is all so beautiful and not sad at all where you are all meeting . Thank you so much for the photos and for sharing your hike with us. Take care
    1590 days ago
    Yes, walking can go with just about anything, and it looks like you had a lot to enjoy!
    1590 days ago
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