Sammamish River Trail
Eric and Sylvia go for a bike ride on the Sammamish River trail.
|A typical stretch of the Sammamish River trail||An old railroad bridge|
|In addition to building another bridge across the Samamamish River, a lot of (expensive!) salmon habitat restoration work was done.||Long stretches of the trail are straight and would be uninspiring if you were walking. Biking is about the right speed.||We saw these two men in Army uniform, and asked what they were doing. They have to do a physical fitness test every year or so and have to run 2 miles in around 19 minutes, depending on age. They used this straight stretch to time the runs.||Further down the road we passed the Army reservist who was being tested. He was walking, and we did not think he was going to complete the neccesary 2 miles in 19 odd minutes.||Turf farms are along the trail...||...as well as horse pastures.||These tree trunks in the creek are supposed to be for salmon habitat restoration.||More tribute to salmon.||This is where Eric and I stopped on our fourth date, about a year ago, and had a snack.||We stopped at a different park for a snack this time.||Canoeists on the Sammamish. Not too many of them go the whole way; there's too many long straight stretches.||The first Bothell schoolhouse, from the late 1800's, is on the National Register of Historic Places.||On the way back, we stopped at the Chateau St. Michelle winery. Apparently these grapevines are just for show, and they buy all the grapes that they make wines with.||The sides of this little stream were cut straight down.||There's some peacocks wandering the grounds.||This woman was taking her bird out for a walk. The colorful stuff on the back is a harness. Her boyfriend walking with her had a gray parrot.||We met Eric's friend Ramin, who worked with him at Microsoft, running along the trail.||Everybody was out today. The woman with the golden retriever is Susan Bosworth, wife of Adam Bosworth, who is the founder of Crossgain, Eric's new company.|