Last week I jumped in the car to find a close to home adventure. I felt like I’d been cooped up too much and was missing out on the joy I find in a day outdoors with just my camera. The 15 minute drive to Mukilteo made me realize how lucky I am to be in an area where I’m within a mile of an assortment of shopping but also within 8 miles of the ocean.
As always when I set out on my own I’m nervous/excited. I’m nervous about getting lost or not being able to find parking or that it won’t be a safe area or even just a nice area for a walk but as I pull into downtown and quickly find a parking place my fears are relieved. I have to pay for parking but it was only $7 for 3.5 hours.
I grab my camera and head for the beach…wait, feel some raindrops, back to the car for my sweatshirt. Okay, let the adventure begin.
I walk down to a little area of beach and there’s not too much to see but it is pretty, except for the man having a very loud cell phone conversation. I realize this part of the beach is where scuba divers get into the water so I hang out for a few minutes, snap a few pictures then head on my way. I walk onto a small pier in front of hotel. I see something in the water and realize it’s a seal!!! I’m so excited I miss getting a picture but sometimes the experience is enough for me and I know I’ll be back.
I walked further finally coming to the park on the beach. It’s overcast, a bit rainy and cold but I find myself relaxing as I’m walking along the beach. The wind and the water hitting the shore is enough to drown out most of the noise. I walk as far as I can down the beach to escape the small crowds of people, finally settling on a nice log to just sit and watch the water.
There’s also a lighthouse. I love being a tourist. I’m the person who wants to check out the random museums and scenic stops on road trips so I knew I wanted to see the lighthouse. It was small but worth climbing to the top to take a look around. This is one of the last weekends they were open so I was happy I made it before they closed up for the season.
I feel like I found a new happy place, which is a big deal for me because I’ve been struggling to find places I can escape to when I’m feeling overwhelmed with life. In my old city I knew where to go but here I have to continue to make the effort to find these places. I’m sure this place is crowded in the summer but in the cooler months I think it will be a perfect escape for me, someplace to take great pictures, sit, relax, stroll on the beach, and escape the real world for a little while. I can’t wait to go back again.
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