Rain Barrels, Fins, and a Swallowtail at Seattle’s Magnuson Park

In my last post I told you about the rain barrels in our backyard.

To get the second one we went to Sand Point, an old naval base on the shores of Lake Washington, now mostly owned and used by the City of Seattle.  Though I visited Sand Point when I was young,  even shopped at the commissary (my stepfather was a retired Navy man) I’d never been back to visit what was now a city park, the second largest in Seattle it turns out.

According to Wikipedia, ‘In 1975 a large portion of the Navy’s land was given to the City of Seattle and to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The city’s land was largely developed as a park and named Sand Point Park. In 1977, it was renamed Magnuson Park in honor of longtime U.S. Senator Warren Magnuson, a former naval officer from Seattle.”

After picking up the rain barrel from the Seattle Conservation Corps, we went for a walk in the park through mostly open meadow, forest and wetlands.

As we neared the lake we came across The Fin Project, public art made from the dive fins from former U.S. Navy nuclear submarines.

The inscription nearby read, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”  Old Testament, Micah, Chapter 4.  I can’t wait for that day.

After visiting the lake it was time to head back to the car and we took a shortcut up Kite Hill where Bob seemed to walk into the clouds.

Soon we were back on the trail and I paused to watch the Swallowtail.

I don’t remember the last time I saw such a large butterfly, but it was huge and it was beautiful and it flitted about in the berry bushes from flower to flower.

Every walk in the park has its highlight and for me watching the butterfly was it.

And though we couldn’t cover all 350 acres of the park, we enjoyed our portion. By then we were hungry and headed to Dicks, our favorite burger joint, before returning back home.

It was a day well spent.

~ Susanne

15 Comments on “Rain Barrels, Fins, and a Swallowtail at Seattle’s Magnuson Park

  1. Lovely photos, I especially enjoyed the swallowtail butterfly and the Kite Hill clouds. Thanks, for sharing the fin project – I loved the inscription. ☮🦋

  2. What an interesting walk. The Fin project was really unique, – kind of spooky – I’d never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the walk. I’d never heard of the Fin project either, we just stumbled upon it. Thanks for your comment. ☺

  3. Great butterfly capture. There are lots of butterflies around here, but no large ones like that.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Wow! The fin project is amazing! I had never heard of it before either. And the butterfly! Thanks for taking us all on this walk with you 😊

  5. I remember that naval base and the commissary…once tried to get a job bagging groceries but didn’t get it…oh well, the pics are great and what about a Dick’s Deluxe and fries!

    • I didn’t know you tried to get a job there. Ended up at Herfeys instead, right? 🙂 It was fun to go back after so many years. The park is nice and we enjoyed our walk, and especially the burgers and fries afterwards. 😃🍔🍟

      • I remember not being hired there, and I also tried to get a dishwasher job at a restaurant downtown on 5th and Pike. Then I got hired at Herfy’s and worked 3-4 nights a week until midnight – even on school nights! Starting wage was $1.60 an hour!

  6. Loved your pictures. Sounds like you had the perfect day.

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