Beginning on Puget Sound

On a grey, drizzly early-summer morning, we set out from the westerly point of Golden Gardens Park on Puget Sound, in Seattle, Washington, riding the Burke-Gilman Trail (originally the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway) inland along Salmon Bay, Lake Union, and Lake Washington, drawing an undular line through the city. Looping south to Lake Sammamish, we picked up the Sammamish River Trail (a levee trail) to East Lake Sammamish Trail (former section of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad), to the Issaquah-Preston and the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail (both part of the former Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway).