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Book of the Month Club/Easy Hike - Carkeek Park - 'A Walk in the Woods'

Who likes to read and then discuss the book?  How about having a book of the month selection that the group can read and then on a designated walk/hike have coffee, drink or lunch/dinner afterwards to discuss?

This month lets meet at Carkeek Park.  We can hike the trails for an hour and then, if the weather is warm enough, we can discuss the book while having a picnic.  There is parking right near the picnic area so the dogs can be in the car with windows down or quiet, well behaved dogs can lounge beside us.  If the weather is cool and wet we can go to a nearby restaurant (I think Patty's Egg Nest is in the QFC shopping Center).

You can always come just for the hike or just for the book discussion.

Book 5

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

ABOUT CARKEEK PARK

This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed, nine miles from downtown. Here, 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time.In Carkeek Park, years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have brought salmon back to Pipers Creek, restored major portions of the forest, built miles of trails, created sustainable gardens, educated visitors, and restored a unique fruit orchard. Come join this vigorous group through the contact information above!

Carkeek Park: a treasure chest of wonders waiting to be discovered.

BY CAR

From I-5

  • Take Exit 173 to Northgate Way and turn west
  • Cross Meridian
  • Northgate Way becomes NW 105th Street
  • Cross Aurora Ave. N (Highway 99)
  • Turn right on Greenwood Ave N.
  • Turn left on NW 110th St (look for the crosswalk lights above the street).
  • After 6 blocks, NW 110th Street becomes NW Carkeek Park Rd
  • NW Carkeek Park Rd. winds down into the valley for 1/2 mile to the park entrance.
  • Watch for the Park Department rainbow sign on your left.
  • To find the Education Center, take an immediate right just inside the park.

Parking

  • Very limited parking with only 75 spaces at picnic shelter areas.
  • There are 2 handicapped spots available.
  • Additional parking along Piper's Creek (quite a walk back to picnic area).

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I just wanted to back up my bear-snatches-baby-from-stroller story. Mom was taking the other 2 children to safety, according to the news story.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/20/nyregion/catskill-bear-snatches-infant-from-stroller-and-kills-her.html

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike yesterday. Olive & I were tired but then we couldn't help but go out on a long sunset walk! We slept well last night!

    May 19, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Fun outing, good weather. This is one of my favorite in-city hikes and I am glad I could share it with you. It was even stayed nice enough we could picnic for our book discussion. Thanks for coming out and hope to see you all next month.

    May 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was great despite me getting lost

      1 · May 18, 2013

  • Catherine

    I am going out of town.

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I think I'm going to run Greenlake earlier! Have a good hike

    May 17, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    We will meet tomorrow at 10 am at Carkeek Park for the hike. If the weather is too wet or cold to meet outside afterwards we can head over to Patty's Egg Nest for coffee/lunch for the discussion.
    Bring a snack/drink along for if we decide to use a picnic table for the book discussion portion however.
    Parking - we want to park near the lower picnic area. Take the drive up and past the childrens play area (it is one way) and circle down and find a parking spot along the big grassy area (almost back to the fish hatchery). That way when we are done hiking and have the discussion there are cars are nearby if your dog need to go in it. Look for my Blue Hyundai Tucson.
    I will email you all my phone # so you can call if you get lost.
    Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

    May 17, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    What do you think:
    Robert Redford to star in film version of 'A Walk in the Woods'
    http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/robert-redford-to-star-in-film-version-of-a-walk-in-the-woods

    May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've been picturing Bryson as being in his mid-late 40s, maybe early 50s. I'd have to go back and see if I missed his age, but I remember a reference to him having a kid in high school, so that was my mindset. Robert Redford is 76 now, which I think is quite a bit older than I was picturing. I mean, don't get me wrong, Redford looks good for 76, but...

      May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree with Monyca. I think of him as being in his 40's at most. I think he mentioned his age, but I can't remember exactly. Robert Redford is way to old for this part.

      May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My favorite park to run with chika-latte

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I got my dates confused. I can't make it on Sat. but will sign up for the Sun. hike instead.

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone feel like it's cheating if I "read" the ebook? If you do... pretend you never read this comment... ;)

    April 21, 2013

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