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Taking a walk

Posted by joeabbott on March 10, 2013

Yesterday Suzy and I took a walk. We’d run a bunch of errands, had a few more to go, but decided we’d enjoy the gorgeous Seattle spring day wandering some trails behind a community garden just north of the airport. It was surprisingly eventful.

The Highline SeaTac Community Botanical Garden is located directly north of SeaTac International Airport. It has a lovely diversity of plants, a few really nice settings, and a lot of room. Suzy and I have visited a couple times and had noticed some trails just to the south; yesterday we decided to see where they went.

One of the sights seen on our walk


Interestingly, they didn’t go far! In all our walking, we covered less than a mile and ended up looping on ourselves a few  times. But, for the short distance, we saw some neat stuff.

First, we came across a rugby match! We heard noises of people, saw a few cars, and then caught a whiff of BBQ! As we got closer we noticed what looked like a soccer match but soon became apparent as a rugby tournament! Nice! It’s been a long time since I’d seen a rugby match. And, happily, we spent 10 minutes looking on!


I saw something during this play I’d never seen before: as an inbound sideline throw was made, several teammates hoisted a fellow player up on their shoulders to boost him high enough to WP_20130309_022intercept the ball! It was quite fun and seemed to be a “trick play”, but, after the first time, I’m not sure how anyone would be tricked. Still, neat to see.

Then while we were walking the paths through some sparse woods, planes would fly overhead. They were always noisy (a couple prop-planes were a lot quieter) and a few times it seemed like there was a huge, delayed breeze or venting of air that just shook the trees around us. We could never pinpoint the source … assuming, of course, it was the airplanes, but they were already long past us … but it was fun to experience.

We saw a sheep farm (or a large home at which sheep were raised), dirt bike trails, and what appeared to be a TV burial ground: three televisions were dumped into a small area with a minor amount of other trash.

And, in the end, we circled back to the gardens and made some time to wander about the Japanese Garden area. The placement/setting was wonderful, the shapes of the trees and plants were thoughtful, and we had to smile (and pose for a picture) at a set of stones positioned to look like a large turtle climbing out of the water.

While the walk was short, the neat things we saw had impact. I’m making a little vow to take more walks with Suzanne and see more of the green places in Seattle … who knows what we’ll find!

Thanks for reading and I hope you find some neat place on your travels.


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