Monday, August 29, 2011

West Seattle - Alki and Genesee

My pastry-loving pal was free today so we went to West Seattle to have a pastry at Bakery Nouveau and take a 7.9 mile walk. We followed a random route along streets between Beach Drive SW and California SW from SW Spokane Street to SW Jacobsen Road.

One of the first things we saw was a DART (Dial A Ride Transit) bus that was most likely Route 773 to Seacrest Park and the water taxi to the downtown Seattle waterfront. This was at the corner of SW Alaska and California SW where we saw Junction tiles embedded in the sidewalk.

After some wonderful pastries at Bakery Nouveau, we started walking west where we met a state employee checking a European Moth trap (no moth here but he had found one recently in another part of town).

Streets and views were beautiful

and we saw an Asian gypsy moth trap a few blocks away.

After walking four blocks south along what may have been an alley between 50th and 51st Avenues SW, we wound our way down to the waterfront and walked the streets immediately west of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park. We climbed many dead end streets and enjoyed the greenery and the views. We saw a pet cemetery sign.

We passed Emma Schmitz Memorial Viewpoint,

La Rustica Restaurant

and the Shirley Bridge Bungalows

before finding a stairway which we climbed to Aikins Avenue SW and more lovely views

(including one of algae on the water).

We climbed a steep footpath from SW Spokane Street to SW Manning before winding our way back to our starting point.

There were lots of people walking along California and people out on their properties all along our walk. Whenever we stopped to inquire where we were or if streets dead-ended, people were very friendly and helpful.

This was a wonderful walk and I'm happy that I will be returning to walk more streets in this area.


  1. 18 walks this month--awesome!


    Your pastry-loving pal!

  2. I need to walk off the pastries and gelato I eat :-)