Riverwalk Trail; and Miss G just because

This morning the daughter and I stayed local and took an hour-long walk along a small portion of our cities Riverwalk Trail system. Many surrounding communities have their own version of this walking/biking trail system, and the plan is that eventually all the trails will connect. This map shows the roughly 4 miles that we have in existence now, but eventually, when all the trails merge they will provide a north-south corridor that will go on for miles north of Seattle and south to Mt Rainier. I’m not including a map for that expanse, but trust me, it’s hundreds of miles.

The south end of the trail: some outstanding farmland
The south end of the trail: some outstanding farmland
Under the rail bridge
Under the rail bridge
Under the newer highway overpass. We have a very silt-clogged river
Under the newer highway overpass. We have a very silt-clogged river
Mural painted under the bridges
Mural painted under the bridges

This next one may be difficult to see but, as we were walking, I noticed a few homeless encampments on an overgrown sandbar across the river. On our way back that way, one of the campers was actually out of his tent, feeding some local ducks. I chose not to take his picture.

Washington is famous (at least among locals) for our blue tarps and camp equipment
You’re looking at the blue dot across the river. The rest of the camp is tucked behind the bushes
Looking up river...
Looking up river…
...and looking down river
…and looking down river
This is characteristic of the entire trail: paved, flat, and tranquil
This is characteristic of the entire trail: paved, flat, and tranquil

 

Now we can move on to Miss G.

She took her grandma Nina to visit with Thomas the Tank Engine yesterday before grandma hopped her plane back home today. Since Miss G was very little she has loved Thomas in book form and on the TV. Miss G also has a large, expanding Thomas crawl-through toy that sort of freaks her out. It’s spent more time folded up in her closet than being played with. I’ve never been quite sure if the problem lies in that she could crawl into and through this Thomas toy, or that his face is simply so large that it just is scary…kind of like weird clown scary if you know what I mean.

I think Miss G’s parents were slightly unsure how the adventure would turn out once she actually saw Thomas in person. They took a few pictures and noted that quite a few tears were involved, although we don’t see those in the pictures.

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Thomas tattoo

And finally, on the way home, an actually happy smile I think.

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