Hike #2 starts right here in Seattle and stays in Seattle.
Looking for a little winter inspiration, I picked up “Best Hikes Near Seattle” last week. It’s not that I am terribly snooty, but there is so much great hiking around here, why would I bother with hikes near Seattle, in the boring lowlands or so busy as to be, you know, pedestrian? You have to go to the very edge of the map in this book to find the very still very busy and popular hikes I’ve actually done. Not that I’m some kind of off-trail trailblazing guy, but lately, we might get out for three or four hikes in the after-the-snow-melts season, and so I’m looking to make them count.
Turns out I might have been missing the trees for the forest.
So Victor and I have a goal that’s going to be great for my fitness: do every hike in this book this year. That’s forty-two hikes, none of them terribly long, none too far from Seattle that we could do plenty of other things when we go out for a hike.
Some of them are just walks, like the first one we went out to do, “Hike #2: Alki Stair Climb and College Street Ravine”. In the almost twenty years I’ve been in Seattle, I did not even know these stairs existed or that there was a College Street Ravine. So there you go, success! A little healthy something to do, a bit of exploration and still being wowed by the beautiful city we live in.