It has a Scorched Face on It – Alki Trail

Right across from the supernatural boulder I have difficulty finding is the second stop on the Alki History Trail. It is called “Dxkasus” in the local Native American tongue.  This can be found on Map C if you want to get orientated and go check it out.

Map from Alki History Trail
Map from Alki History Trail

Here is what the guide says I am looking for – Fauntleroy Cove (knoll east of the Vashon Ferry Dock). It also gives us some information on why it is was called “It has a Scorched Face on it”.

This name may describe the dark stains visible on the bluffs above or it might refer to the ashes smeared on the faces of natives grieving for their buried dead.

This is an odd little area that overlooks the ferry dock. It has two small parks wedged between the bluff and the street that parrallels Fauntleroy Way below. This photo below which is a snip from Google street view gives you an idea of the area. We have developed the area so much there is very little exposed bluff remaining to see if there are dark stains.

bluff-across-from-vashon-ferry-dock

At the south end (closest in the snip) is a park with art around the salmon that run up the Fauntleroy Creek. The creek goes under the road in several places. If you follow it to the east you will run into Fauntleroy Park which is a natural area preserved around the creek’s ravine/gully.

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Fish swiming over Fauntleroy Creek Ravine
Fish swimming over Fauntleroy Creek Ravine

As you walk to the north, you will find the small park that someone has named Captain’s Park.

Captain's Park & Bird House
Captain’s Park & Bird House

I don’t see it on the city map but it clearly has been there for a while. It has old time benches and a nice view of the dock.

View from bluff of park and street
View from bluff of park and street

The best part is the bird houses and a monkey statue hanging from a tree.

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Monkey Business hung in park
Monkey Business hung in park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rambling without technology always bring sights one might miss in a car. This little excursion did not disappoint. Besides the lovely tree houses and the monkey there was a bright red flower on a bench at the bus stop.

Flower at Fauntleroy Bus Stop
Flower at Fauntleroy Bus Stop
Dazzling Red Flower on metal
Dazzling Red Flower on metal

Oh can’t put a good word in for my black feathered friends. Here they are on the dock railing. What a great place to live and forage.

Crows hanging out at Ferry Dock
Crows hanging out at Ferry Dock

Follow along on the trail by going to this directory of all 24 stops on the Alki History Trail at this link —-> Trekking the Alki History Trail

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