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Seattle/Eastside Book and Map Exchange—-May 13

I am glad I postponed the prior one as it was a cold and miserable day, even though the predicted rain did not materialize until later in the day.

So now we will try for Saturday, May 13, starting at 10 am and lasting at least til 11; longer if there is interest. Location: Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island.

I will arrive early and claim a picnic table in the open grassy area overlooking the lake for the books and maps. The park is just off I-90 and a short walk from the Mercer Island Park and Ride if you want to take public transport (Sound Transit bus 550 from either Seattle or Bellevue). Or be bold and come by kayak or SUP from Chism Beach Park in Bellevue. Or swim like our Labrador tried to do.

Drivers park in the North parking lot if you can (there should be space at that time). If not, there is the South parking lot and you can enjoy the walk through the park. Here is a map:

And more information about the park facilities:

Dogs are welcome, and can enjoy the very nice nearby off-leash area before or after the meetup. The fenced area includes water access for dogs who like to swim, and there is usually a friendly group there. Leashes are required when not actually in the fenced area.

Or bring your kids or grandkids and enjoy the nice playground or tennis/pickleball courts.

There is no need to bring anything to actually exchange if you don’t have anything; just come and browse what is offered and take what you like. I will have lots of books, travelogues, and maps (road maps, hiking maps, and a few city maps), mostly for Italy and Switzerland, but other countries as well. The areas covered by the maps and hiking guides include Tuscany and Puglia in Italy, Val Verzasca and the Berner Oberland in Switzerland, the Zugspitze region in Germany, and the Calanques in France.

All I ask is that if you bring something and no one claims it, you take it home; please don’t leave it for me to deal with. I am trying to downsize my collection!

I know there are lots of forum members in this area, and I am hoping for a good turnout. I have tried organizing RS travel group meetups in the past, and so few people came I was discouraged and gave up. But this is different—-no need to sit around and talk about subjects that may or may not interest you. And no name tags. Just show up, say hello, browse the offerings on the table, take what might be of interest, and depart if you like. But I will be ready for conversation or travel questions if you like, and I hope others will be as well.

Posted by
1133 posts

Alright Lola, I’ll come by and share what I have and look forward to seeing you and maybe some other Forum members.

Posted by
1629 posts

Lola--I am looking forward to this! Thank you for organizing this. I will be there, and hopefully with my husband and both dogs. They will of course be running wild in the dog park though;)

For anyone else thinking about coming with their dogs, this park is fabulous. Knock on wood, we have always encountered good dogs here. Plus there is an area just outside of the fenced in area where you can hose the dogs off before leaving.

Posted by
303 posts

Lola, thanks for your persistence arranging this. I’m looking forward to coming and putting some faces to screen names.

Posted by
68 posts

Yay! Looking forward to it. Thank you for organizing this Lola. Can't wait to meet you and hear about your recent trip to Italy. Looks like you will be in the North? On the way to the dog park area? I might bring my lab, she would love to play.

Posted by
15098 posts

Laura, your Lab is welcome, and she will love the swimming area at the dog park.

I just added more books and hiking maps to the pile of what I am bringing to share. I hope someone will appreciate them.

Posted by
401 posts

This sounds like a wonderful meet up! I’m hoping I can make it, though would likely have my kids with me. Good thing they love parks and maps! If
I can’t make this one, I’d love to attend a future meet up.

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15098 posts

Meg, there is a nice playground in the park as well, with a zip line and climbing structures for older children and swings, teeter-totter and small climbing wall for the younger ones. And restrooms.