Meadowdale Beach is a county park just north of Seattle that requires a moderately strenuous hike down (and then back up) through a gulch which cradles Meadowdale Creek. It’s a difficult but picturesque journey that I’ve undertaken more than a few times. Here are some photos from a recent visit.
The creek slowly emerges from the undergrowth as you venture farther and farther down the trail:
The canopy above the trail at one point looks almost like it was built as a sacred space, a quiet stop along a spiritual journey:
The creek pours out onto the beach and into the Puget Sound:
Along with some broken shells and the requisite driftwood I found a late sea creature still fairly well preserved:
And of course there was a plethora of humans and their pets (excitable dogs of course) at play in the sands. It was an enjoyable day all in all. Worth the strain. Like life itself, a gift not received but discovered.