An afternoon trek through Discovery Park

It was my first Labor Day weekend on the west coast. While this weekend is typically distinguished as the last weekend of summer, I must concede it feels like summer has already passed Seattle and brought this city well into autumn – the 60 degree temperature and present, but not scorching, sunshine would confirm.

In the midst of the hype of the annual Bumbershoot festival I took the opportunity to visit yet another one of Seattle’s parks, the one that I’ve been most enthusiastic to see: Discovery Park.

Located on the shore of Puget Sound, the city’s largest public park had much to discover. I was most intrigued with making my way to the shores and to see the lighthouse. The walk down was steep but feasible for all ages as there were steps that made it easy for children and adults of all ages to make their way down to the shore.

A little archway in the park
A little archway in the park
Before making the walk down to the lighthouse & the shore
Before making the walk down to the lighthouse & the shore

Our leisurely trek down took roughly 15 minutes or so, plenty of photos taken along the way as well as relishing in the overall peacefulness of this little western slice of Seattle.

Making our way down.
Making our way down.

We were rewarded with the sight of Puget Sound when we finally made it down – a worthwhile trek for the day.

Panorama from the bottom.
Panorama from the bottom.
Copious kelp washed up ashore
Copious kelp washed up ashore

For the sake of exercise, the lighthouse happened to be on the other end of the shore, so we made our way through the sandy shore (that was full of kelp) as the persistent but cool sun continued to beat down.

Finally made it to the lighthouse
Finally made it to the lighthouse
The view from the other end of the shore
The view from the other end of the shore

All in all, the trek coming down to the shore and then the walk back up (which sped by as I was racing my man all the way to the top) was something along the lines of 3-4 miles. Scenic walks along the water and times when you are discovering something new makes fitness most enjoyable. I left the park feeling satisfied at this first visit but I know I will be back for more.

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