One of my favorite things about living in the Seattle area is the abundance of public parks! After eight months of living here, there are still many that we haven't explored. After dinner the other night, we did something fun as a family. I did a search for parks on the GPS and found dozens within a three mile radius that we had never visited. Other than the names of the parks, we knew nothing about where we were headed. We just picked them at random and drove to them. The word, "beach" seemed to sway our decisions though, since each park we visited had that word in the name. It felt like an adventure, not having any idea what we would find. We only made it to two that night, because they were both so fun that we stayed for quite some time at each. Which means, that we can do this again soon. There are still many more to explore. Below, is Houghton Beach, which we visit often. We love the sand and the lively atmposphere. Though it does seem to have a lot of milfoil, so it's not the best for swimming. Below, is our favorite eastside playground, at Grass Lawn park. The only thing it's missing is a beach, but we love it anyway.