Lake Effect

Lake Effect

I do not have a lake view.  But I know it’s down there at the bottom of my hill.  I breathe its frisky mineral air — brewed in the open expanse of fresh water — as it spills up the hill and shakes my tree tops.

Living halfway up Finn Hill on the western slope means I get to enjoy the lake every time I drive home, winding along Juanita Drive slowly and sweetly – ever obedient to the new Kirkland cops –, watching Mt. Rainier burst in and out as the compass on my dashboard moves all the way to east and back to northwest. Through the forest spines, spreads the own-weather-creating, big, sheeny lake.  Stalling with 25 mph traffic at the bend of Juanita Beach Park, I can look out over wetlands, happy kids, happy families, to a dock full of people loving their neighborhood park.

Finn Hill has the best sunsets on all of Lake Washington (except Waverly Park, which are even better).  At its zenith on June 22, the sun sets – or to be more accurate, the earth spins into it – in Kenmore. Then all summer and fall, it slides back southward over Lake Forest Park nearly to the U District in the winter.  But for Finn Hill, it’s aways shining its last light directly on the face of lake. We can come home from work, and still have time to bask in sun at Denny Park.

Please consider the power of the lake on the value of your house and the quality of your life.  It may be invisible from your windows, but its effects are tangible.  It is fresh, and clean, and wild — and very nearby.

One Response to “Lake Effect”

  1. Kathy Schuler says:

    Lake Washington is very beautiful. I’m always amazed how clear the water looks. My favorite place to see the lake edge is at the bottom of the main trail at St Edwards Park!