It’s been raining like crazy the past few days and windy too, but when it slowed down a bit we took a chance and headed to Lincoln Park in West Seattle. This park has everything you’d want for an urban hike: old growth forest, nice trails and Puget Sound beachfront where if you’re lucky you may see orcas frolicking in the water!
We carried umbrellas though we didn’t need them as we started our walk through this grove of fragrant Douglas Firs.
The trees are giant and to prove it Bob agreed to pose next to the largest of them.
Next we took a trail to the bluff overlooking Puget Sound before heading down to the beach. Colorful fallen leaves littered the trails looking lovely against the water far below.
The tide was in and the waves slapped furiously against the shore tossing drift logs about in the surf.
I kept my eyes glued to the water in hopes of seeing the orcas that made a show here recently.
Alas, not today. Though I’ve lived here my whole life I have yet to see these beautiful creatures in the wild. I hope I do before it’s too late as efforts are underway to save these critically endangered orcas of Puget Sound.
After our walk on the beach we headed up the hill and back to our car for nearby Spud’s Fish and Chips at Alki. By that time the wind and rain returned with a vengeance and waves crashed over the seawall.
We learned later a tornado touched down about the same time in Port Orchard, a small town across the Sound. Tornadoes are very unusual for this area though windstorms are not. There was catastrophic damage to homes but thankfully no serious injuries reported.
We were lucky to enjoy such a beautiful walk in the middle of a miserable week of weather. Such is life in the Great Northwest.