Monday, April 14, 2014

Mid Beacon Hill and the Chief Sealth Trail

Today's walk wrapped up some loose ends on Beacon Hill. A friend and I walked the Chief Sealth Trail from 51st Avenue South and South Gazelle Street to 15th Avenue South and South Angeline Street and then turned around and walked back to 15th and Gazelle.

Our 10.3 mile walk was hilly but we were rewarded with views of Mount Rainier, Lake Washington, the Cascades and the Olympics.

We saw people out gardening,

a crew mowing the grass,

a large new P-Patch

and some yard art.

After this walk, I added 2.2 miles, filling in streets that I had missed in Mid Beacon Hill. I admired spring blooms as I completed the streets of Beacon Hill.

This was a long but rewarding walk.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Discovery Park (Lawton Park)

It was a beautiful spring day so my husband and I took a 7 mile walk inside Discovery Park. There are a few named streets inside the park and we concentrated on them but also included a few trails.

When we reached the beach, we were rewarded with spectacular views of the Sound, Mt. Rainier and the Olympics.

We walked to the Discovery Park West Point Lighthouse,

passed the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, the Fort Lawton Military Cemetery

and the Historic District where we spotted a radar tower,

what looked like an old chapel

and some lovely looking housing

which we discovered was Navy housing. According to HistoryLink "The nearby Capehart housing will be demolished once Navy housing becomes available nearer the Everett base. The historic family housing is planned to remain and leased or sold to private individuals."

There was a land use action sign posted at some nearby housing; it proposed subdividing an existing lot into ten lots and adding nine additional houses.

This was the perfect walk for a beautiful day and we got a real workout climbing up and down the hills.

Friday, April 11, 2014

South Park

Today's 8.8 mile South Park walk was made more enjoyable by starting and ending in the nicest part of a residential section. The middle of the walk took me through the industrial section of northern South Park between West Marginal Way S (Highway 99) and the Duwamish.

This industrial section was a mix of unpaved streets with large potholes and companies with names like Flamespray Northwest, Swift Tool Company, Non-Ferrous Metals and Harbor Island Supply Company and paved streets and well-tended buildings like the Gear Works building

with its creative sign, water sculpture and blooming tulips.

Even in the industrial area, it looked as if attempts had been made to save trees.

A little further south on the Duwamish, I came across park land including the Duwamish Waterway Park (with quite a few picnic tables)

and this picturesque spot. I also noted a sign indicating that a South Riverside Drive Shoreline and Street End Improvement project was underway and another sign proposing a storm water pump and a water quality facility.

The best part of the walk was through the residential area but, even here, I spotted industry nearby. The lower case brewery was across the street from an Access Van parking lot.

I walked over to the South Park Bridge (which is scheduled to open this summer) and chatted with a resident who can't wait to get back to his walks on the other side of the bridge.

A nice plaza has been paved and the nearby shops appear to be ready for the opening. While there, I stopped in the Stock Box store and bought some good looking apples at a reasonable price.

Back in the residential area, I spotted tree-lined streets,

the South Park Community Center,

the South Park Neighborhood Center with what looked like a Little Free Library out front,


interesting landscaping

and a lovely little triangle park with benches.

Along the walk, I noted a sign for the Duwamish Rowing Club,

lovingly tended homes near the Duwamish,

marine-related yard art, signs for the Duwamish Trail

and a sign instruction me to Stop Believin'.

All in all, it was an enjoyable walk and South Park reminded me a little of Georgetown.

Friday, April 4, 2014

South Beacon Hill

My gardening-loving pal and I preceded today's walk with a stop at the Tinh Xa Hue Minh Vietnamese Buddhist Temple (we could smell incense). The temple had a serious fire but we met a monk who invited us to return any Sunday when it is open.  On the walk, We enjoyed gardens as we walked 7.4 miles in the South Beacon Hill neighborhood. We noted quite a few tulips in bloom between Beacon Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Way.

Most of the area is residential with schools and a few businesses and the Rainier Beach light rail station on MLK Jr Way.

We did pass the large Thistle P-Patch along MLK Jr Way, under the power transmission towers.

The area has some steep hills and the western portion borders on I-5. It is noisy due to traffic and airplanes. The eastern portion has views of Lake Washington (this one is from Wing Luke Elementary School - pictured in a prior post).

The area between 38th and 39th just north of Beacon Avenue looked as if it were being prepared for new view housing.

Just north of this area, we spotted signs for Another Future Healthy Forest.

Along the way, we passed the lovely grounds and building of the former African American Academy (now Van Asselt Elementary),

some large yards and skinny houses near I-5,

a pig on a porch,

an artistic weather vane

and a living entry arch.

This walk was a workout but the day was nice and the company enjoyable.