Over the Independence Day weekend my husband and I traveled to Seattle for a wedding (eek! I forgot and totally didn’t read aloud the Declaration of Independence for the first time in years…oh the shame). It wasn’t a photography trip per se, but I did manage to get a few photos that don’t suck.
I wasn’t in the groove though, you know. Lately I’ve been feeling awkward and weird with the camera despite many satisfying hours behind it. A lot of it had to do with exhaustion. Well, impending exhaustion. We stupidly and somewhat inadvertently walked the entire way from downtown to Discovery Park. It’s 6 miles. Not that big a deal when you plan for it, but definitely sort of strange when you don’t. Especially when you leave the tourist areas and end up in a freight yard –
Right after walking through this (there is a designated bike/foot path) we got dumped into a suburban area and a helpful sign said Discovery Park 1.8 miles. Uphill. Yay. But what the heck, we’d come that far. When we got there all we wanted was a bench and we found one not far from here –
My not being in the groove shows a lot and I only got one decent picture of the beautiful moss and other small details of the rainforest –
Eventually the paths come out of the forest and onto headland and meadow which leads right down to Puget Sound and some very popular beaches. Paved roads and bike paths lead right up to them as well. The same wildflowers that were everywhere in California are here, too and provide for some spectacular color. But again, I wasn’t feeling it so didn’t even bother to shoot many of them. And the light is a bit harsh anyway, so it would have been a waste of memory.
So after adding another 4 miles or so to our total from walking all over the park, we were dead tired and tried to get a bus back to downtown. Alas, no change and we had to hoof it back to the park’s visitors’ center where a very nice lady gave us change and we were back down to catch the 33 to downtown. The hotel lobby never looked so good –
And a stop here was a must before dinner –
Overall we enjoyed our couple of days in Seattle and will probably go again, but this time we’re going to rent bicycles.