The view as I came down the hill was absolutely stunning. Everything was bright and the reflections on the river were just awesome. Watching the whole thing shift as I got lower and closer was really cool. I parked the car and walked up the hill a little bit to try to get a photo.
The house across the street from where I took that was on the market while we were looking, and I kinda wanted to view it because it would have that awesome view all the time. But you can see in the listing photos that the house isn't all that great. There's also some kind of industrial place right below. And the railroad tracks are there. So we never looked at it.
Since I climbed up there anyway, I had a look at the map on my phone and figured I could follow the road out and come back via the riverfront trail. Lowell's a historic small town that was annexed into Everett in the 1960s. It's a narrow strip between the freeway and the river, and I imagine that its isolation is why it's a little run down now. There are some interesting things to see, though. Like this apartment building.
You just don't see an apartment building with a cross every day. I also saw another apartment building that I thought was kinda cool. I swear it must have been some sort of auto shop or something that was made into a residential building. I should have gotten a picture.
I completely forgot there's a park on that road. Pretty good size, tennis courts. Quite nice!
One of the reasons I've been wanting to hit that area again is to see the progress at a new subdivision you can see from the trails. I'd only ever seen that side of it, and was looking forward to seeing what was on the other side. I was kind of surprised by what I found.
I think it looks cool, but I can't imagine that's a view most people would like. The railroad tracks will ensure a lot of noise, too. Anyway, it's been a while since I was there and it looks like they haven't done much of anything. I suppose a lot of the work that goes into a new neighborhood is underground, though.
I'm pretty sure these houses are being built on the exact site of the Great Everett Tire Fire. Ha.
4.27 miles in 1:23, 9,179 steps, 195ft gain
When I got to the road that leads down there, I saw that it's normally closed, but the gate was open for construction traffic. A cop was there rearranging the stuff in his trunk, so I just kept walking, figuring he'd say something if he didn't want me to go down there. I planned to cross over to the trail where I marked A on the map, but there was a worker there moving large rocks with a backhoe. I didn't want to put him in a bad position by asking if I could cut through, so I kept walking. It looked on the satellite view on my phone like it'd work, but I was totally wrong. That field was very overgrown, but I mostly followed tire tracks so it'd be easier. There were lots of these flowers, but they were always all by themselves.
Anyway, I had to go back the way I came, but eventually found a spot to cross back into the trails, point B on the map. Everything's all cleaned up in there from the flood, and people were running and walking dogs. Thankfully I remembered my sunglasses this time, it was so bright today.