We have been to Golden Gardens in Ballard many times. It’s a favorite spot for the boys. They love the play area – which has three separate play structures. And when they get tired of that they love to run along the water’s edge and launch rocks into the Puget Sound.
I like Golden Gardens for the same reasons. They boys wear themselves out on the playground and are ready to play in the sand. Which lets me relax on a blanket, or on one of the driftwood logs and day dream while staring at the Puget Sound – and on a clear day – the Olympic Mountains on the other side. And it’s free. Free parking, no admittance fees, just free. Which, let’s face it, is awesome.
Something I didn’t realize is that if you take the pedestrian tunnel under the tracks and head to your right up the sidewalk, then up the stairs you’ll find another parking lot and an off-leash dog area. There are over three miles of trails you can access from there.
I could’ve stayed in this spot for a long time, watching the shadows change as the sun filtered through the pine trees.
Near the beach is a little loop trail that runs past a wetland area. There were families on bikes, people photographing ducks, and people walking back to their cars with their kayak’s on their backs. High above it all was this seagull. Who seemed content on his perch soaking up the sun and watching what we were doing.
Anyone know what kind of plant this is? It reminds me of a toasted (mini) marshmallow cluster.
Back by the water there were people all around enjoying the day.
There is a boat launch nearby and the water was full of boats of all kinds and sizes.
At the south end of the beach here are several fire pits. There were families at each one roasting up hotdogs and marshmallows while watching the sunset. We need to get over there for some of that. Because with sunsets like this, it would be the perfect end to a great day.