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Saint Edward State Park

Blast from the Past!

Come Travel Along


In a fine winter weekend the sun was shining out and we decided to drive to this park. It is a beautiful setting in nature with its fresh air, trees and moss. There is also a gorgeous old building on the grounds that used to be a Catholic seminary until 1977. There are amazing playgrounds and huge fields for running and tossing a ball. There is also access to Lake Washington shoreline.

We found a quiet sense of peace and solitude in this grand forested setting. We enjoyed the smell of the ferns and trees and just listened to the sounds of nature. There are lots of trails to wonder through the huge forest. I’ve yet to walk any of the trails, but they look fantastic.

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Juanita Beach Park

This is a beautiful and popular park in the area to walk around, have a picnic, or just relax and enjoy the view. We often go to this place over weekends for a relaxing stroll and enjoy the view.

These pictures were taken when we went there last month on a sunny Sunday evening.


As we parked in the parking area we walked to a grassy area with trees providing shade.


There were many people relaxing in the sun or walking and kids playing around.


There is a sandy beach with long walkways stretching out over the water.


This wooden dock goes out in the water and loops around.


On one side is the area for boats to come and park. Since there was no boat then; this place was a playground for many ducks.


We started walking on the dock.


As this is a family friendly park there were many people with their pets walking in both directions.


The view is beautiful with plenty of ducks playing in the water.


We continued on the dock and enjoyed the beautiful view of the sun, the water, the ducks and the houses and trees on the other side.




As we completed the loop we reached an open playing area for the kids with some rides, benches and picnic tables.


The sight was lovely with the kids playing, dogs running, people enjoying and ducks dancing in water.


We stayed there for a while and walked for another loop.


We enjoyed our evening. I like the wonderful layout of this park and would recommend it as a great place to go and enjoy with family or friends.



These both shots were taken another evening after sunset!