Sometimes there’s a drive and sometimes there’s a destination and sometimes you’re lucky to enjoy both as I did yesterday. My destination was the Washington Park Arboretum and I took the scenic route to get there, Lake Washington Boulevard.
Lake Washington Boulevard
Lake Washington Boulevard was conceived under the master plan created for the City of Seattle by the Olmsted Brothers in 1903. The comprehensive plan included a network of diverse parks throughout the City including Seward Park, Volunteer Park, Green Lake, Washington Park, and others, along with a scenic boulevard connecting them. This eight mile boulevard runs along the shores of Lake Washington from Seward Park in the south to Washington Park Arboretum in the north. Small parks line the lakeshore and pedestrians stroll or ride bicycles on the walking path. The pace is relaxed and the views are wonderful.
Washington Park Arboretum
After the pleasant drive along the lake and through lovely neighborhoods of old Seattle, I arrived at the Arboretum where I picked up a map at the Graham Visitors Center.
It was Azalea Way I was after, a 3/4 mile path through the heart of the Park lined with flowering cherries, azaleas and dogwoods.
All was colorful along the path with lots of pinks and reds on display. But I love the yellow and orange azaleas the best and their sweet honeysuckle fragrance.
I stopped by the Woodland Garden and enjoyed the peaceful ponds and collection of Japanese Maples. The rockwork was laid out in 1938 making it one of the oldest parts of the Arboretum.
I joined the Arboretum Loop trail back to the Visitors Center and passed by Rhododendron Glen where hundreds of rhododendrons were in bloom along with companion plants.
I peeked into mysterious Loderi Valley, where giant leaved rhododendrons and magnolia trees create a unique canopy.
I didn’t have time to enter the formal Japanese Garden, the only part of the Arboretum with an entrance fee, nor to walk over to Foster Island. But I did make it to Duck Bay earlier this winter when the skies were blue and the air was frigid and was reminded how close I was to civilization, and Husky Stadium.
These will have to wait for my next visit to the Arboretum. I returned to my car and headed south. The GPS lady urged me to go west to I-5 but I ignored her and traveled home in peace along beautiful Lake Washington Boulevard.
P.S. The Washington Park Arboretum is jointly owned and operated by the City of Seattle and the University of Washington. It’s a wonderful legacy from our City forefathers who retained the premier landscape architects of their day, the Olmsted Brothers.
I headed to the park today on the hottest day of the year with lines on my mind. Turns out they were everywhere.
Thick as trees in the forest, mostly upright, side by side, and crossing over.
Lifeless as logs scattered about the beach. More alone than their former selves but just as happy I think.
Finding lines at Seahurst Park for this week’s photo challenge.
I was wondering how to mark the two year anniversary of Cats and Trails and Garden Tales, but I was feeling tongue-tied until this boy showed up to help.
‘Just do what you’ve been doing,’ he said. Okay, I thought, I’ll share a picture of Benji with you and that should take care of Cats.
And then I remembered my walk today at my favorite local park where the skies were blue and the waters shimmered and I thought to myself, that takes care of Trails.
Finally I thought of last week’s visit to Soos Creek Botanical Garden and thought you might enjoy some photos from there too. Which should do for Gardens.
But mostly I wanted to thank you again for following along on this journey with me.
We appreciate it.
~ Susanne, Tiger & Benji
I watched the cats in the backyard today.
There was Tiger.
And there was Benji.
I love them both. But I’d rather be like Benji.
What do you do on a rainy day in Seattle? Go see the airplanes at The Museum of Flight. We did! They were prolific!
According to their website, “The Museum of Flight is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world! With over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library, the Museum and its people bring mankind’s incredible history of flight to life.”
For this week’s photo challenge: Prolific
After bemoaning the weather for the past week, we finally got a reprieve from the rain. The sky was mostly clear yesterday when I met a friend for lunch at Alki Beach. Some young ones played in the waves. Not us.
Along with our fish and chips, we enjoyed fresh air, windswept skies and great views of the Seattle skyline.
The temperature hit 65 on the way home but rain returned with a vengeance last night. For an hour. The moody skies that followed made for a nice sunset.
Today is all promising and sunshine but don’t believe it. It’s springtime in Seattle and the weather is fickle.
What do you do when it’s April in Seattle and it’s cold and dark and the rain just won’t stop? Why not armchair travel to the Big Island of Hawaii? That’s right, I’m casting off the gray and clouds that threaten my skies and dampen my spirit and dreaming of my favorite Hawaiian Island. Yes, I’ve decided once and for all that my favorite of all the Islands is the Big Island of Hawaii and here’s why!
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
When I first saw it I swooned. This remote black sand beach is frequented by resting green sea turtles, rimmed by coconut trees and free of crowds. I wish I was there right now!
You walk the easy trail through lush tropical forest and arrive at this beauty. Pinch me again.
I’m not a great swimmer but it was at Kahalu’u Bay, that I was first persuaded to try snorkeling. Easy access, shallow waters, lots of fish. Lifeguards. O the joy!
Hawaii Botanical Tropical Garden
Wander on nature trails through tropical rainforest, enjoying more than 2,000 species of tropical plants from around the world, passing streams and waterfalls on your way to Onomea Bay on the rugged Pacific Coast. We did that once. Once is not enough.
Kona Coffee Farms
Visit the farms and watch them process coffee beans with a cuppa fresh brew in your hands. Yes, please!
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau
Don’t try to pronounce it. Just go. And see why this ancient walled city on the southern Kona Coast was a Place of Refuge. And you’ll see more turtles too.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Walk the trails, stop by the Visitors Centers, but most of all look for the steam and lava erupting from vents in the Park.
Finally I leave you this parting shot from the top of the island, sunset on Mauna Kea.
I’m feeling better already. Is it too early to start planning next year’s trip?