We finally got the rain free day we were waiting for and decide to spend it on a trip to Lincoln Park and Alki Beach in West Seattle.
After a short drive we arrive at the park and hike a lovely trail through some patches of old growth forest to the bluff overlooking Puget Sound.
A slight wind is blowing as we descend to the beach below where it is crisp and cold, and the Olympic Mountains are seen in their full glory. The fresh air and saltwater do us good!
On our return through the park we come across this giant and stately maple tree.
Then it’s onward to Alki Beach where the first group of white settlers landed and founded the City of Seattle in 1851.
We stop to eat at nearby Spud’s Fish and Chips for the best fish and chips in Seattle. Founded in 1935 it’s also Seattle’s oldest fast food restaurant. On it’s walls are pictures of early Seattle history including Luna Park, considered the Coney Island of the West, which operated at Alki Beach from 1907 – 1913.
I was pleased to see photographs taken by O.T. Frasch, an early Seattle photographer who also happens to be my great grandfather. (Maybe that’s where I get my interest in photography?)
After lunch we move on for views of Seattle’s skyline, starting with a sneak peak at the Space Needle and the Cascades behind.
Speaking of mountains, in addition to the Olympics and Cascades we also find nice views of Mt Baker to the north; while Mt Rainier can be seen blending into the milky sky to the south.
This outing should tide us over until the next rain free day which according to the current weather forecast may be a week out.
Such is life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.