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Summer is Here!!! Beaches and Parks

Well those of us who are sunworshippers have had the chance to enjoy that giant yellow ball in the sky for the past two weeks. Summer was a bit of a slow starter this year, but once she arrived she did so with a vengence (just ask my sunburn).
Don\'t Forget your sunscreen
Now is the time to get out and enjoy the sun and clear blue skies before its too late and the wintry weather returns. Here are my top 3 suggestions to get you started.

Seward Park: Located on Lake Union, there is a great 2 mile loop where you can run/bike/rollerblade or take a casual stroll, lots of grassy spots invite you to take a nap and after a few hours in the sun how about a quick dip in the lake to cool off. BBQ facilities are available, contact the park to reserve them, parking can be a bit tight but if you are patience a spot always opens up.

Alki Beach: Located across the way from downtown on West Seattle, you can either take the bus or, my personal favorite, the water taxi from pier 55. For $3 you get a great view of the city and a quick 12minute ride in the fresh sea air. Right at the water taxi stop you can rent kayaks/bikes or inline skates from Alki Kayak Rental, a perfect way to enjoy your summer day. Then head on down to the sandy beach and have yourself a BBQ or play some volleyball.
Try a trip round the bay in a kayakWater Taxi at Pier 55

Golden Gardens Beach: One of the largest stretches of sandy beach in Seattle and located in Ballard, this is another favorite of mine. A little harder to get to but well worth the effort. BBQ facilities and fire pits are scattered all along the beach and the water, chilly but refreshing, is great for a dip.
Golden Garden Beach