Destination: Discovery Park, Washington

Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington

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.

Overlooking the Puget Sound from Discovery Park

Overlooking the Puget Sound from Discovery Park

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.

The neighborhood of Magnolia, location of Discovery Park, looks out over the Puget Sound and south toward Mt. Rainier

The neighborhood of Magnolia, location of Discovery Park, looks out over the Puget Sound and south toward Mt. Rainier

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.

Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington

Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington

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.

Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington

image (13)

image_5

Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington

image[15] (6)

Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington

image[16] (5)

image_10

image_17

Learn more about Discovery Park here.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s