As one goes north in the summer, the hue of water deepens until it becomes an opaque, sometimes cobalt blue that in winter can silently change and appear more gray than anything, and as winter is long in northern climes, the gray can last for several months.
Most places in Washington state where a person might view the water, and to be frank that is most places in Washington state, reflect this change in hue, and it is one I welcomed as I returned to Seattle for the summer. Best-in-show for beautiful views of the Puget Sound (other than Washington’s scenic Chuckanut Drive while en route to Canada, given you don’t go on a gray day, though that can hold its own appeal) is Discovery Park, just minutes from downtown Seattle.
Weighing in at 534 acres, Discovery Park is little known. Tourism boards make no mention of it, but rather point vacationers to money-making destinations like Pike Place Market or the ski slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Locals seem to be out of the know too, save for a few who live in the park’s surrounding neighborhood of Magnolia – quiet, affluent and abundant in large, single family homes encapsulated in green and, just a few months of the year, flowering plants.
But go. See Discovery Park’s bluffs and if the timing is right watch the sun slip below the islands of the Puget Sound or a ship, fingernail sized from your perch, as it departs from Seattle’s cruise terminal for Alaska’s southern shores.
Visitors opt to run freely through the Discovery Park’s massive and unkempt fields or walk its loop trail, splitting in many directions at many times, including a downhill winding path that, after little effort, leads to a beach strewn with driftwood, rocks of large size and the West Point Lighthouse, a humble symbol of civilization and history in a city so wrapped around the idea of modernity, what with its recent influx of global corporations. There is no room for Microsofts or Amazons in Discovery Park.
Learn more about Discovery Park here.