The second half of our trip to Carkeek Park on Sunday was spent playing on the playground and going for a mini-hike. When you drive to Carkeek, one minute you’re in the suburbs of Seattle and the next you find yourself on a windy road in the middle of a lush forest. For five minutes you are surrounded by the gorgeous greenery of the Pacific Northwest, feeling as though you’ve suddenly been transported to the forests surrounding Mt. Rainier. When I drive through there, I’m suddenly flooded with dozens upon dozens of memories of driving through similar forests in a motor home with my mom and brother. Those frequent camping trips throughout Western Washington are some of the best memories of my childhood and I find myself often yearning to be surrounded by trees as I was then.
These forests surround and are a large part of Carkeek Park. Throughout them and many hiking trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. The girls and I took a hike through a short loop (they are still toddlers, after all) before ending our morning at the park. The tall trees, warm sun filtering through, smell of salt water from the Puget Sound and smiles on my daughters’ faces filled every corner of my soul with a deep happiness. Since I find it hard to express in words the beauty of that day, here are some more pictures for you. Even they don’t do it justice.