Journeys Around Seattle, #54: Discovery Park (North Side)

January 19, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Even though 2014 is over and done, I did say I might still post an occasional "Journeys Around Seattle" entry. And today, Lisa and I took advantage of the MLK Holiday and some unseasonably nice weather to go for a walk in Discovery Park. I've been to Discovery Park several times before-- it was Entry #20 on the blog last year. But this was the first time I'd been to the North side of the park-- previously, I'd always come up via the south and walked northwest up to the beach and the lighthouse at the point. This time, Lisa and I parked in the north lot and walked southwest.

There are actually more trails in the north than the south, and we did a little loop through the woods, past a lot of gnarled mossy trees, and eventually found our way to a little pond where several different species of ducks were mingling-- the duck in the forefront of this picture is a wigeon.

From there, we found our way to the nearby Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. It was closed, but from the yard we were able to get a great view northward over Puget Sound. Then we walked down some steep trails and staircases to the trail along the northern beach.

The northern beach is much rockier than the southern beach-- it was high tide, so we couldn't walk on the beach at all until we got close to the lighthouse. Instead, we followed a paved trail that skirted the north side of a water treatment facility, until at last the old familiar lighthouse came into view. We walked around the point, and then made our way to the nearby road, which we followed back to the North Parking Lot, to avoid having to walk back up the steep staircases we'd come down. All in all we probably walked 3 or 4 miles. It was a fun way to spend a January holiday afternoon-- I'm pretty pleased with the pictures I got, even if I did spend so much time experimenting with lens flares and dramatic lighting that I felt a bit like J.J. Abrams by the end of the day.


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