Saturday, September 1, 2018

Discovery Park

West Point Lighthouse, Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens

As a scientist and lab rat, I don't really get out much.  Some of my labmates are good about exploring places on the weekend, but I've neither a car nor the fortitude to withstand the crippling motion sickness of traveling in one. No, I'm serious -- my motion sickness is pretty bad.  However, my partner recently visited and I was determined to do something different from zoo/aquarium/museums/city sights.  I've long heard about how amazing Discovery Park is so planned an afternoon outing for us there!

Discovery Park is situated on the western side of a Seattle and a public park with 534 acres of "wilderness."  I don't really consider it that wild, but it's as "wild" as you'll get in a city.  The park has about 12 miles of walking trails which are either paved of really well maintained.  If you're looking for a serious hiking experience, this is not the place, but the views are worth the trip.

One of the most famous sites is the West Point Lighthouse on the edge of Shilshore Bay at the park (see above!).  It's situated on a tiny tip of land and you get to it by walking along the beach.  You'll have seen some pictures I posted on Instagram of the mossy rocks on the beach, but the shores were lined with more rocks worn smooth by the water.  It's against the law to remove anything from the park, but I would've loved to have one of these in my home!  It had also been so long since I've been near a big body of water that it was incredibly soothing just to hear the crashing of waves and surf.

Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens
Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens

The beach was also lined with driftwood -- large, gray branches that decorated the sand -- that provided spots for one to sit and admire the waves.  I really wish this park was closer to where I lived because I could've sat out there forever.  I wish I'd had a model out with me because the visual setting was the stuff of photographic dreams.   Further down the beach was the South Bluff, or a tall rocky natural rock formation facing the water.  The short trail towards the bluff was lined with blackberry bushes.  Apparently, these are common all over the park. 

Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens
Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens
Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens

We went on the walking trails to close out our visit of the park.  We didn't pick any one route, but rather, wandered and followed signs to go higher and higher in elevation.  Eventually, we found ourselves on top fo the bluff to be greeted with views of Shilshore Bay in Puget Sound (early post on Instagram).  The air was still smoky from all the fires in the area lately, but the sea breeze was refreshing.



And to end this post, a picture of yours truly, stepping through the driftwood to head back on to higher shores.  Exercise clothes, no makeup, and a belly full of lunch.  We ended up walking 12,000+ steps that day so it was a nice way to close out the weekend.

Have you been up to the Pacific Northwest?  What are some places you'd really want to visit?  Recommendations welcome!