To be fair, this post isn’t specifically about Burien itself. I’m sure this suburb, a few miles south of Seattle near the airport, is a good place to live, but there isn’t anything especially remarkable to visit there…unless you happen to know someone who lives along the shoreline, like we do.

We spent one day of this beautiful Labor Day weekend at the home of family friends whose house is right on the shore of Puget Sound. At high tide the water typically reaches their seawall, but they have a couple hundred feet of wet, sandy beach when the water is lower. The views are wonderful regardless: across the Sound to Vashon Island and the Olympic Mountains, north to Alki in West Seattle, and south to the lighthouse at Three Tree point.


Even in late summer, Puget Sound is cold: about 53 degrees Fahrenheit (12 C). Swimming isn’t really an option, but a quick dip can be very refreshing. If you’re not fan of frigid waters the beachcombing is good, too. The sheltered inlets, bays, and sounds of the Pacific Northwest harbor some of the richest marine ecosystems anywhere, and all of it is bound to wash up at some point. Sand dollars and clam shells were the pick of the day.

The nearby Seahurst Park, run by the City of Burien, offers access to all of this, free to the public – so don’t worry if you don’t have any friends with waterfront homes (is there any other kind?).

As my next post, from another Labor Day weekend outing, will attest, I love going up into the mountains. But hanging out by the sea is a great way to spend a day as well. Luckily, we live in a place that offers both.




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