A Sunny Winter Morning in Discovery Park

All those hours exploring the great outdoors made me more resilient and confident. ~ David Suzuki

After a couple of weeks of rainy and gloomy days, we finally saw the sun this weekend.  It was a little warmer than usual, at least for me a two to three layers of clothing day is a warm day in winter. We decided to head out and soak up some much-needed Vitamin D from the sun, a key factor to boost our immune system and fight off winter blues.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to explore more around the areas that we live in for so many years. Discovery Park fits the bill with trees, birds, scenic views and best of all, beaches and lighthouse.

Discovery Park is the largest city park in Seattle on the Magnolia Bluff, with a great view of the Puget Sound, the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. It has a 2.8 mile loop trail and that connects to a few other trails. We followed the loop trail from the visitor center and was greeted with some amazing views.

It was still foggy in the morning so we could barely see Mount Rainier in the distance. What I love in the winter is looking at the bare trees with their branches extending into the sky, and I definitely saw plenty of that there. About half way into the loop trail, we hiked another half mile all the way down from the bluff to the South Beach where the West Point Lighthouse is situated.  Although old, I can still feel the presence of the lighthouse, picturing all those years ago, shining its light and guiding those who were passing through.

The word “landmark” is from the old English “landmearc”, meaning ‘an object in the landscape which, by its conspicuousness, serves as a guide in the direction of one’s course. ~ Robert Macfarlane, Landmarks

It was the first time I visited a beach in the winter and the morning sun created the perfect warmth for the day. There were families picnicking by the beach, little kids playing in the sand and looking for shells and sea glass, and quite a few photographers trying to capture the beauty of our city.

After wandering for some time on the beach, we now had to make our way back up. We went up a lot of muddy stairs to join the loop again and completed our visit. This is definitely a must see place in my book if you are visiting Seattle.

 

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