Welcome to Park Preview!

A guide to Seattle area parks for the non-robust, lazy birders, and photographers.

All previews have a Things to Know section and photos at the end if you’re just looking for quick facts and aren’t interested in the detailed descriptive information.

Blog Key

Type of Park

Viewpoint = The view is the main reason to visit.
Local = A park primarily used by people living or working in the surrounding area.
Trip = A park unique enough to warrant going out of your way to see.
Destination = A very large park, usually with a wide variety of attractions/activities. People come from all over the greater Seattle area to visit it.

Other Terms

Preview = A post about a specific location with full details and photos.
Tangent = A post usually related to parks, birds, or photography in some way, but not a preview.
On the Road = A post about a location outside of Seattle and its immediate suburbs.
Combo Outing = A section in some previews with suggestions of other nearby locations to visit on the same trip.

Finding Info

To find the type of park you’re looking for use the Categories section. For a list of all parks previewed so far use the Preview category. To find a park by name use the Search function. The Links section provides links to maps, city park pages, and a few blogs of interest.

All content, including all photographs, of the Park Preview Blog is copyrighted by the blog owner, except where otherwise noted. Do not use Park Preview content without permission.


A Trip to the Ocean


(Have patience with the backstory stuff, it all ties together.)

From 1982 to 1984 I worked at Sun Valley Resort in Idaho. Because I lived in the employee dorms it was easy to make friends and meet people to hang out with. One of the cool things about living there was that we were surrounded by National Forests so a group of us took full advantage by going camping together as often as our work schedules allowed.

Three of the people I hung out with were Chris and Connie, twin sisters and part of the camping gang, and Jody.

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Photos of clouds tend to be boring. As in, unless the clouds are part of a larger, well thought out composition it’s just a picture of a cloud with no inherent artistic appeal. I know this, and yet I still can’t resist taking pics of clouds. They are an element of nature that is endlessly fascinating to me. (CB&W = Nature.)