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The Greenway Challenge 2009

I wrote about Greenway Days 2009 celebration at the beginning of the summer, and I sincerely hope that you've been taking full advantage of those events. I will remind you,that Greenway Days will last all the way till October, and hopefully, you will be able to attend an event or two if you haven't done it yet.

As for me, just like last year, I will take part in the Greenway Challenge for a chance to win cool prizes ( last year, it was a $300 gift certificate from EXOFFICIO).
But prizes are not the only reason I like this challenge. It gives you a chance to discover beautiful places, learn about the history of our state, meet new , interesting people, not to mention -to spend a lot of time outdoors!

Here are some of places I've recently visited:

So far , this is my favorite - train trestles along the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. There are 5 trestles withing the first 6.4 miles, starting from the Rattlesnake Lake trailhead.The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is an awesome place to go biking ( hiking along perfectly straight trail- boring!).This trail goes from North Bend to the Columbia River. With some more (planned) additions, it will soon stretch all the way to Coeur d'Alene or Tekoa. Biking from North Bend to Yakima is on my "to do" list!

Traveling to Snoqualmie is like stepping back in time. This city is a place of small town charm, historic landmarks, scenic beauty, and community growth. Best known as the home of Snoqualmie Falls and Mount Si, it has another interesting historic landmark- the Northwest Railway Museum. Visitor will learn how the railway changed Washington and influenced settlement, see and feel the excitement of a working railroad, experience what travel was like before Interstate highways, hear all the bells and whistles.

My another favorite place - Mercer Slough Nature Park, Bellevue’s largest park and the largest of Lake Washington’s remaining fresh water wetlands. It has 7+ miles of trails, visitors center, environmental education center, picnic areas, waterfront.
My favorite way of exploring this park is by kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard in summer.
These pictures I took from the viewpoint of the The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center and while kayaking:

Honestly, I am not a big fan of museums ( when I was a kid, my mom would take me to every museum in every town we were visiting), but this is my second time coming back to The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum. This is the oldest operating museum in King County. It's interesting to see how people lived just 100 years ago, to see household items not used in our days, like wooden stoves,kerosene lanterns, under the bed chamber pots (actually, I am still using those).

Withing the next couple weeks, I will try to visit more places , and who knows, may be a will be a lucky winner again.

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