Tuesday, June 28, 2016

26/52: First Summer Weekend

The first summer Saturday in Seattle was spent exploring Discovery Park.  I can't believe that I've only been there once before and that was at least 8 years ago.

Discovery Park is a 534 acre park on the shores of Puget Sound in the Magnolia area north west of Seattle.  It's the city's largest public park and contains 11.81 miles of walking trails (we walked nearly 6 miles on Saturday).

The Park is built on the historic grounds of Fort Lawton.  The fort was given to the Army by the city in 1898 and opened as a fort in 1900 (originally built to protect Seattle in the event of a naval attack).  Fort Lawton continued as an Army Reserve facility until it was officially closed in February 2012.

The West Point Lighthouse, also known as the Discovery Park Lighthouse began operation on November 15, 1881 and was protected under the National Historical Lighthouse Preservation Act in 2003.  

Saturday was a beautiful day and we enjoyed our 6 mile walk on the loop trail exploring the bluff over looking Puget Sound and through a forest of trees and down to the beach and a walk around the lighthouse followed by a break and a picnic.