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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Roxhill Neighborhood of West Seattle

Today's cooler weather was perfect for my 10 mile walk in the Roxhill neighborhood. This area may not have the views of Arbor Heights but it is quite diverse and has some lovely vegetation which appears to grow taller than in many other neighborhoods.

I spotted a magnolia tree that was almost as big as a house and some pretty big crab apple trees.

This looked like a fruitless peach tree and it was largest I've ever seen.

Everything at the Barton Street P-Patch seemed to be doing well and growing tall too.

But the area is not uniformly treed or solely residential. 35th Avenue SW is a busy street with commercial areas, one housing Fish and Chips To Go, Stuffed Cakes bakery and Co Co & Co across the street from the Lucky 5 convenience store/gas station.

Other corners have Tony's Farm Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, a Super Deli Mart, a 7 Eleven, a pizza mart, a smoke store, a cleaners, a chiropractor, a karate place, a beauty salon and a tax services office.

Also on 35th, I saw a church with no name,

the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library (checking inside, it appeared to have a lot to offer young children and teens),

a sign for Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God (this was next door to a proposed land use action sign to replace one house with four)

and a sign for the Jesus Center (Home of Freedom Church of Seattle).

Walking east along Roxbury, I came to a spot where one side of the street was in Seattle and the other side was in unincorporated King County - almost the first thing I saw outside the city limits was Roxbury Lanes and Casino.

The eastern portion of my walk included Roxhill Park with its new skate park, play area, ball fields and ornamental arched entryway,

the ballfields of Chief Sealth High School

and Westwood Village Shopping Center which was larger than I'd expected. (I stopped in the Barnes and Noble to admire the nice children's section.)

This area is home to Roxhill Elementary School, a Driver Licensing office,

Westwood Heights,

Longfellow Court Co-operatives

and a few chickens.

Along the way, I saw a house whose mailbox looked like a miniature of itself,

a wishing well, beautiful roses that smelled like roses and

some great gardens.

Once again, West Seattle did not disappoint.

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