Last weekend I finally did one of those things I kept telling myself I should do. Do you know those things? Those things that when you moved to a certain neighborhood you told yourself you would do all the time. Like if you live next to a great park you tell yourself that you’ll go read there in the summer all the time but instead you just sit in your house and watch TV. Well, living in Queen Anne I spend an awful lot of time looking out at Lake Union and thinking, “I should totally walk all the way around Lake Union.” And, you know what? I finally did it. And I didn’t even die. (It was mostly the walk back up the stairs to Queen Anne that made me feel like I was going to die) The entire walk around Lake Union is on the Cheshiahud Loop Trail and it is about six miles in total. The trail itself is pretty much flat the whole way around and is a pretty easy walk. (I refuse to call it a hike because I don’t think “urban hiking” is a real thing.)
It was perfect for this kind of walk on Sunday. It wasn’t too hot or too cold and thankfully, though the clouds darkened by the end, it did not rain. It was an interesting way to see a very diverse slice of life in Seattle and not just in the people walking, running, biking, rollerblading, and walking their many, many dogs on the trail. The trail takes you through the newly finished Lake Union Park at the South end of the lake, up the East side where you can marvel at the strange luxury of the floating homes. We also got hissed at by a cat named Pixel right around there. Eventually you will cross the University Bridge and turn around the end of the lake. I started to get hungry right about the point I could smell Ivar’s Salmon House at the end of the lake, but we pushed on to Gasworks Park. In Gasworks we saw grown men in suits of armor beating each other with swords, a table full of Alice in Wonderland role players, and and intense fitness competition. It was a perfect mix of the fit and healthy and weird and nerdy (not that those are mutually exclusive necessarily) that are all acceptable ways to be in Seattle.
Then you head into Fremont, cross the Fremont Bridge and head back down Westlake where you can marvel at yachts that are bigger than your entire apartment complex. We did not however see a yacht big enough that a helicopter could land on it. That was disappointing. Non-helicopter-bearing yachts not withstanding, all the while it just reminded me of how awesome it was that you could take such a long and beautiful walk right in the city. It was so nice, I might have to start doing some of the other things I keep thinking I am going to do. Maybe not.