I managed to find the slow way out of town. Here I am watching a crew clearing the large tree that recently took out the city’s power. Down the road I was stopped again as traffic watched a crane working on a new culvert.
After arriving in Seattle and settling in and visiting with my brother, I attended a Christmas party with old friends Saturday night.
Next day started with some detective work.
A Wedgwood grade school classmate of mine had posted this picture on her Facebook page. The house in the background looked familiar but I couldn’t find it on google’s street view.
Soon the case was solved.
Next, I walked a little further to our grade school, past a ‘Little Free Library.’
A small portion of the Wedgwood grade school’s playground has been made into learning gardens divided by grade level.
I went by my old house and noticed a more efficient heat pump had been installed by the new owners. Mom’s plants are maturing in the foreground and our Scottish Terrier’s play area was behind the fence.
Next, it was down to the water where Seattle likes to boat.
The Aqua Verde Cafe rents little boats and serves up Mexican food.
Next, I headed for Duck Bay in the university’s Arboretum, my favorite place to canoe as a kid.
The Arboretum now has dedicated graveled landing sites, and they’re not very near the car at all. I was told at the visitor’s center that with the scarce parking, most boaters launch from the University crew house and paddle across the highway of motorboats going through the Montlake cut.
Next place to check out was at the south end of Lake Union next to the original Boeing airplane plant .
I missed the potentially fatal jet blast, dang. The couple on the bridge was excited to see the plane take off, whoa! How did the locals know the time of this thunderous event?
Later, back at my brother’s place:
On the way home, I stopped at Trader Joe’s for a few special groceries from the ‘big city.’ There I learned when not to get another free sample.