Friday, March 11, 2016

Sammamish Park Walk - Saturday Snapshots

Our local senior center offers all kinds of activities for people aged fifty-five and over, such as memoir writing, knitting, watercoloring, etc. All the things you'd expect. But their offerings also include bellydancing, line dancing, exercise classes, Segway tours of Seattle (and visits to other local attractions), walks and hikes. Although I've been participating in Silver Sneakers at the senior center since last summer, I'd never signed up for a walk ... until this week. Now I'm wondering why I waited so long!

A van took us to our starting point. Our walk wasn't very long - maybe two-and-a-half or three miles - but that's what I wanted for my first outing. We walked on the paved path shown at the far right of this photo (with the yellow line). Plenty of room for joggers, bicyclists, and a cluster of gray-haired walkers. Our trek began at Marymoor Park and bordered Lake Sammamish near Redmond.

The views along the way were lovely.

Plants are just now beginning to bud, but we occasionally came across trees in full bloom. (I'm sorry. I don't know the species of this beauty.)

We stopped at the halfway point and picnicked on sack lunches.

A small section of the pathway passed beautiful homes - Wouldn't you love to wake up to that view? - but most of the route was lined with trees.

There were a dozen people in our group, and we kept up a pretty good pace. 

All in all, the walk was even more enjoyable than I expected it would be. A big bonus: I made several new friends. I've signed up for more hikes and walks, so you'll be seeing more on this subject on future Saturday Snapshots posts.

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  1. That sounds like a great thing to do. I sometimes regret living so far in the country where every event in town is a big deal. One of these days, we will have to seriously think of moving closer to people!

  2. A great idea. You might want to link these up at Jo's Monday Walks.

  3. Thanks for the link, Jackie. I'll check it out.

  4. Sandy, I guess I thought you still lived in Texas. Looks like a lovely walk. Here's Mine

  5. This looks like a beautiful place to walk. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures!

  6. What fun! I am just getting back into walking. I have had ankle and foot pain for the last year or so. Makes walking very far a challenge. But the doctor says no real issue, so strengthening exercises and some pounds lost have helped. I am determined to get to 10,000 steps every day and am slowly getting there. Your kind of a walk would make that effort more fun. Thanks for sharing.

  7. That does look a beautiful place to walk. Agh - I am one year off being a senior.

  8. Grammajudyb: I'm glad to hear you're recovering from your foot and ankle pain. I strive to walk 10,000 steps every day, but usually my count is closer to 6,500. I figure every little bit helps!

  9. This walk looks fabulous! What a beautiful area you live in Sandra!

  10. Reminds me I need to get off my duff and get to the gym. But getting your exercise outdoors seems somehow more healthy. This looks like it was a lot of fun.

    Kelly Marshall

  11. Gorgeous trails and views! I need to walk more, and this sounds like such fun. I should see if there is anything like it here, although we don't have the beautiful scenery you have. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love this walk! My husband and I are carefully considering taking a trip to Seattle this summer.

  13. What a lovely park! The walking parks near me are all flooded right now, but I'm hoping that things dry out soon!

  14. I love the Lake Sammamish area! It's so beautiful there! There are many hikes in the Columbia River Gorge (WA state) that are just as amazing, if you like to hike!


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