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Weekend hike assignment: The Arboretum's Azalea Way

Weekend hike assignment: The Arboretum's Azalea Way »Play Video

Your weekend hike assignment this week is Azalea Way, a trail in Seattle's Arboretum. As you may have guessed, there are lots of azaleas along Azalea Way, and right now they are in full bloom and stunning.

Washington Park Arboretum is 230 acre park situated near Lake Washington between the Montlake and Broadmoor neighborhoods. Established in 1934, the park has miles of trails that weave through different environments and gardens. While there is a lot more to see than you can in just one trip, Azalea Way is a great place to start.

Azalea Way is a 3/4 mile trail stretching from the Graham Visitors Center through the center of the park to the Japanese Garden. Parking is available at both ends, though the north end parking lot at the visitors center is larger. From there you can explore the different trails and also check out foster island and Lake Washington.
 
The park is terrific all year, each season is highlighted by the variety of trees and plants. Right now however most of the Azaleas are blooming or about to bloom, Azalea Way is stunning.
 
The Graham Visitors Center is located at 2300 Arboretum Dr E in Seattle
 
Visiting the park is free, but there is a small charge to visit the Japanese Garden
 
If you'd like to get involved:
 
Lots more info here:
 
 

 

Weekend hike assignment: Tolt MacDonald Park

Weekend hike assignment: Tolt MacDonald Park »Play Video

Your weekend hike assignment is the Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. The 27-acre park is 40 minutes from Seattle, and surrounds the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers.

Your weekend hike assignment is the Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation.

The 27-acre park is 40 minutes from Seattle, and surrounds the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers. 

The centerpiece is a 500 foot long suspension bridge built by some 20,000 Boy Scouts, and the Army Reserves in 1976. The bridge sways and the deck has gaps that make crossing a challenge for unsure feet, but the park is well worth a little bravery.

It has a long list of amenities, including sports fields, picnic spots, yurts for camping, river beaches, and a old restored barn that can be rented for events.

It's located just 10 miles north of Snoqualmie Falls on highway 203, so it might be the perfect stop on a day trip through the Snoqualmie Valley. Find out more information from King County.

Have a great weekend!

Eric Jensen - KOMO Photographer

 

Weekend hike assignment: Deception Pass

Weekend hike assignment: Deception Pass »Play Video
 
 
 

Deception Pass State Park may be the most visited state park in Washington, but most visitors only stay a minute as they drive through on Highway 20. This park is much more than just an viewpoint, and it deserves a closer look.

The park covers more than 4,000 acres on both Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island, split in two by the treacherous and narrow Deception Pass channel. It also marks the border between the Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca. It's got places to camp, picnic and lots of trails to hike. The park has more than 14 miles of rugged Salish Sea coastline, terrific for exploring.
 
Most visitors just see the bridge. If you are just passing through and only have a minute there is plenty of parking available. Walking the Deception Pass bridge can be vertigo inducing, as it's almost 200 feet over the narrow channel. It's a great spot to stop look out over the San Juans, and to take a picture too.
 
Naval Air Station Whidbey is right around the corner near Oak Harbor, so you might get treated to an impromptu air show like I was when I was there. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's impressive to see those guys up close.
 
Whidbey Island is a wonderful spot to explore. Just make sure you stop and check out this great park.
 
Have a great weekend!
 
 
Here is more info on the park. You will need to buy a day pass if you are going to park or camp.
The best deal is to pick up a yearly Discover Pass
 
Other Weekend Hike Assignments:
 

 

Full interview with mudslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc

Full interview with mudslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc »Play Video

On a quiet Saturday morning, Amanda Skorjanc heard a rumble, looked out her window and watched her Oso neighborhood explode. Her split second reaction also also saved her son from the massive mudslide. Both Amanda and Duke sustained serious injuries, but they are recovering. 

 
Now that she is doing better, Amanda wanted to tell her story and thank those who helped rescue her and her son. Elisa Jaffe and I put this story together, but I wanted to share her full interview with you.

New sculpture coming to the Olympic Sculpture Park

New sculpture coming to the Olympic Sculpture Park »Play Video

The clear skies and sun-breaks over Seattle today saw more than tourists walking SAM's Sculpture park, it saw shovels breaking ground. A SAM installment crew began work to make room for a new piece called "Echo". 

The sculpture, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, stands 46-feet tall and depicts the face of a young girl from the artist's home town. The work is made from an amalgam of polyster resin, white pigment and marble dust. The name "Echo" comes from Greek mythology, she was a nymph condemned by Zeus to repeat the words of others. The work will be positioned to face Puget Sound in the direction of Mount Olympus. 
 
The artist hopes his artwork will spark passersby into greater awareness of their own voices. The SAM installation crew who began today expects it to take 2 months to complete. There will be a short detour around the site for cyclists throughout the installation. For more information on "Echo" please go to the artists website 
 

 

Help reunite Oso slide victim with photos left on rescue helicopter

Help reunite Oso slide victim with photos left on rescue helicopter »Play Video

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s search and rescue team rescued 7 people from the Oso mudslide Saturday afternoon. A man whom they pulled out of the mud brought a box of photos and negatives with him, but in the chaos he forgot them on the helicopter. The box is in good shape, they have not opened the box.

The Navy would very much like to return the box of photos to their rightful owner.

If you know who these photos belong to, please contact our news desk at 206-404-4145, or at tips@komo4news.com

You can also contact me at ejensen@komonews.com

Thanks for your help

 

Oso slide family dog rescued - Full video

Oso slide family dog rescued - Full video »Play Video

The Kuntz family was one of many who lost so much in Saturday's slide. A family member was killed, two family homes were destroyed, and they thought the pets were gone too.

When they returned on Sunday afternoon, they were astounded to find that their chocolate lab Buddy alive under what remained of their house. Neighbors worked together and used a chainsaw to help free him. Buddy has a few cuts and bruises, but will be just fine.

Here is the story that Elisa Jaffe and I put together today, but I thought you might like to see the full video. Nice to see a little bit of hope amongst so much sadness.

 

WATCH: Where highway 530 ends and the mud begins

WATCH: Where highway 530 ends and the mud begins »Play Video

With catastrophic events like the Oso landslide, often one still and one video photographer are picked as the “pool” to collect image for everyone else. Today Lindsey Wasson from the Seattle Times and I were picked. We rode up past the checkpoints with Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary until we came to the point where highway 530 ended and the mud began. 

When we got out to take our pictures, I was struck with how quiet it was. Besides the occasional roar of a search helicopter, the songbirds were the only thing we heard. It was a heavy silence.
 
It looked as if the entire neighborhood had been put into a blender, everything chopped up into shards. Sheriff Trenary pointed out parts of what was someone’s kitchen, but spread out flat in front of us, and like everything else, it was covered in mud.
 
From our vantage point we only were able to see a small portion of the Oso slide, but just what we saw was overwhelming. We were only there for 15 minutes or so, the cleanup will stretch well into the summer. The recovery and healing for the victims and their families will take much, much longer.
 

Visually impared kids get up close with the horses of Cavalia

Visually impared kids get up close with the horses of Cavalia »Play Video
 8 year old Max Kretzschmar is a playful boy that enjoys riding his scooter and doing what kids his age like to do.  A brain tumor near his eyes however has damaged his optic nerves leaving him with no sight in his left eye and poor vision in the right.
 
Sarah Smale is a cute, sweet and quiet 11 year old that loves horses and would love to have one of her own. Unfortunately for Sarah her eyes never had a chance to develop before she was born, leaving her with no sight in her left eye and glaucoma in her right.
 
Max and Sarah were two of a handful of blind and visually impaired kids to visit and experience the touch and feel of a lifetime. Thanks to the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, the children visited the cast, crew members and the four legged stars of the show of Odysseo by Cavalia. The acrobatic thrill rides and colorful movements of talented riders and horses run until the end of March on the grounds of Marymoor Park in Redmond.
 
For these kids the chance to be up close and personal with the horses, saddle equipment along with hand feeding the beautiful horses is an experience that outweighs sitting in the audience and just listening to the show.  Max is quick to comment on how big a horse’s head is, how their coat is as soft as a blanket and how a horse’s belly is as big as his bed.  Sarah’s hands sweep in unison softly and gently across the neck of a horse, quietly speaking of how soft and beautiful it is. It seems she and the horse is a team communicating through touch and feel.
 
Claudime Lemieux is a member of the Odysseo cast helping the children.  She has them touch the cool texture of grain and feed the horses carrots and apples by hand. She says the horses are really sensitive about their skin and respond well with the touch and feel of the children’s hands.
 
This is a story that proves with the loss of one sense the others are enhanced, making for a memorable day for all involved. 
 

 

Weekend hike assignment: Snoqualmie Falls

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SNOQUALMIE, Wash. - Now that the sun is back out and spring is right around the corner, it's time to get off the couch and get outdoors.

Snoqualmie Falls underwent a major renovation late last year. The covered gazebo is gone, replaced with three minimalist viewing platforms. The trail has also been revamped, it's a little longer than a mile now with a steep climb back up.

The new lower viewing area has the most dramatic face lift of the bunch. There is a parking lot and bathrooms for folks who can't make the hike. The original boardwalk to the base of the falls ended with a scramble down wet boulders. Those days are over. The new boardwalk is safer, but you can't get as close as you once could. 

If you've never been, go! If you've not been in a while, the renovations make it well worth the drive.

Snoqualmie Falls is located about a half hour east of Seattle on I-90.

6501 Railroad Ave
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
47.543027, -121.836622

The lower viewing area is just around the corner.

37474 SE Fish Hatchery Rd
Fall City, WA 98024
47.546170, -121.840892

Have a great weekend!

WATCH: Emotional reunion for a stolen dog

WATCH: Emotional reunion for a stolen dog »Play Video

When Tripp the pit bull escaped his back yard last July, Kim Eastman got in her car to try and find him. She had no idea how long the search would take, and how far it would take them. Both Kim and her daughter Angel call Tripp an "escape artist" who was picked up by strangers and eventually taken to Butte, Montana.

For the past seven months Kim and Angel have posted his picture on Facebook and with lost pet organizations. They followed up on lots of tips and  false leads, but earlier this month they got the call they were waiting for; Tripp was coming home.

After a 600 mile long cab ride from Dog Gone Taxi, they were finally a family again.

Lombardi finally comes home to Century Link

Lombardi finally comes home to Century Link »Play Video

 After an amazing season, a dominating win in New Jersey, and the biggest parade this town has ever seen, the Seattle Seahawks brought the Lombardi Trophy to it's new home at Century Link Field. Here are just some of the highlights the ceremony today.