|Day 1 hike: Overcast. (See the Space Needle, just|
to the left of the ridge in the middle?)
That's a good question, and the answer is Alki, Alki, Alki. I no longer have a car readily at my disposal like I did at my mom's house, and even if I did, the nicer hiking trails are considerably further away to get to. So I've been walking Alki a lot.
The route is called the Alki Trail, and it has absolutely fantastic views of the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle. But you won't get your boots muddy on this trail. It's paved the entire route, and popular with those on inline skates and bicycles, tourists, and those just hanging around to pick up a tan. On nice weekends, the place can be so packed it feels claustrophobic. So I have something of a love/hate relationship with this trail. I love the views, but I hate the crowds. But it's really the easiest place for me to walk when I'm itching to get out and walk. I sometimes wait until late at night long after people have gone home, or on cold, wet winter days when people stay home.
It's a hike I've probably done hundreds of times over the years, and most of the time, it's completely uneventful, and for each of the three days I got back into Seattle, I hiked this trail. And every single time, it was pretty uneventful. But I'll share the photos I took along the way anyhow. =)
|One of the more colorful houses along Alki.|
|The sun, reflected in the choppy waters of Elliot Bay.|