Here’s another underused urban walk.
Puyallup’s River Walk Trail will eventually be part of the Foothills Trail that will take you all the way to Mt. Rainier.
For now, it will take you on an easy little stroll along the Puyallup River and just past Mama Stortini’s. Here’s the map.
It’s a nice, little walk because it’s completely flat and paved, which makes it a good choice for kids learning to ride bikes or roller blades. It’s also a good place to observe the changing seasons. Right now, a few last yellow leaves are clinging to the alders. When the salmon run comes in your kids can gape at the endless line of fishermen (let’s hope they leave fewer Tons of litter than last time). The trail also goes by the Skate Park next to Fred Meyer. I know many young boys who could happily spend an hour watching these daredevils. Warning: None of them will be wearing helmets. Don’t let your guys get any ideas!
There are several places to access the trail. We usually park behind the garden center at Fred Meyer. From here, it’s fun to walk under the bridge and look up at the passing cars as they thunk overhead.
Do be warned that there are frequent car prowls and break-ins in this area, probably because thieves are in the habit of looking for inattentive fishers. Just make sure there is absolutely nothing visible in your car that looks like it could be stolen. If this freaks you out, park in the front of the store and walk back to the trail. Really, though, you have to use common sense no matter where you go.
The one time my car was broken into almost 15 years ago, the bad guys made off with a whole bag full of homework from my ninth graders. Let’s hope they learned something!
Yesterday broke a 60 year record for heat, and today looks like another beauty! We’re about to have four or six months of drip, drip, drip, so grab your guys and get out there!
If you weren’t by earlier this week, you’ll want to scroll down for my Top 10 playground list. You can find other outdoor adventures in the menu bar.
I’ll have another post later about a brand new kids’ night out. Find your skinny jeans; it’s time to make a break for it!