Sunday and Monday were like spring with clear skies and 60F temperatures, We got up late Sunday and decided to take the dog for a walk, visiting the Ballard Sunday Farmer’s Market and then going to Discovery Park for a long walk.
We picked up a good selection of fresh vegetables from the market and had street tacos for lunch. It was a busy day and the market and neighborhood restaurants were crowded. I’m impressed with the market and the impact on urban life. People come to shop, eat, people watch and listen to the buskers.
Discovery Park is in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, reclaimed from part of the Fort Lawton military facility on the bluffs overlooking Puget Sound. It is home to the Native American Daybreak Star Arts Center, the West Point Lighthouse and beaches, and miles of trails for hiking and biking. We parked at the north parking lot and walked down to the beach. My legs got a good workout climbing the rough stairs to the beach and returning to the high bluffs.
There are incredible views across Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains and south to the entrance to Elliot Bay, Alki Point, the islands in the Sound, and Mount Rainier looming over it all.
The warm clear weather continued on Monday and I was determined to make the most of it, knowing that winter would return soon enough, bringing dark overcast skies and rain.
A little after noon, I took packages to the Post Office and headed north on the Burke Gilman Trail with no plans on how far to go. I ended up riding a 40 mile loop, going all the way to Redmond, Washington, leaving Seattle and passing through Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville and turning around in Redmond.
The Burke Gilman Trail becomes the Sammamish River Trail in the town of Bothell.
I stopped in Redmond for some thrift store shopping and had a fine meal of chicken teriyaki and katsu at Nasai Teriyaki. I was starved and their fine cooking hit the spot.
It was dark by the time that I returned home and I found a new bike trail tradition on the way: those courteous riders with powerful headlamps will reach out and cover them with a hand so they don’t night blind the riders going past them. There are no lights on the trail and it is nestled into the side of a steep hill and surrounded by foliage, making it very dark. Tthis practice promotes safety and shows real care for the others using the trail.
I was tired and sore by the time I got home, but it was worth the effort to get a few hours of exercise, fresh air and and sunshine. I did a little web research and found that my level of biking burns about 50 calories a mile, making it a 2000 calorie trip. Not bad for January!