Urban Canoeing in Seattle

July 11th, 2009

Canoeing under highway 520

This might seem very ho-hum to most city dwellers, but to a guy from the Rockies this was kind of mind blowing. Canoeing under a freeway??

Canoeing on Lake WashingtonMy girlfriend and I were in Seattle to see some friends, for her to take me to a Tori Amos concert, and for us both to run a 5k race at Fraternity Snoqualmie. Part of that “friend seeing” was her sister, who is going to school in Seattle. Looking for something to do on a sunny Saturday, we decided to go down to Lake Washington and rent one of the canoes provided by the UW Waterfront Activities Center. You could canoe anywhere from that dock there (I guess) but one of the better (and easier) bets is to head across Union Bay to the Washington Park Arboretum. There are some nice channels in the Arboretum away from the big Lake Washington boats. What I didn’t realize is that we would be padding directly under the 520 Freeway! It was strange to be in what was - for the most part - a lovely, pastoral nature spot complete with ducks and turtles and herons… with the sound of traffic overhead. It’s a lovely little paddle though and I recommend it if you’re looking for something to do in Seattle (if only for the surrealism of the experience!).

Some of the many ducks in the Washington Park ArboretumA Blue Heron in the ArboretumLake Washington turtles

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