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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
My goal is to walk every public street in the city of Seattle. So far, I have logged about 2,709.7 miles and feel that I am at least 98% of the way to my goal. The orange and red areas on the map reflect the neighborhoods I have walked. Brown areas represent some private roads and properties I did not walk.
A list of some of my favorite discoveries and an index of walks by neighborhood can be found in the very bottom post June 8, 2010.