Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Briarcliff and Southeast Magnolia

The weather was beautiful today and so were the views as I walked 7.5 miles along the streets of the Briarcliff and Southeast Magnolia neighborhoods. This brought my milage count over 1500 so I'm guessing that I am at least half way to my goal!

I walked streets between 28th and 36th Avenues W from W Smith to Magnolia Blvd and W Galer.

This area surrounds Magnolia Village which has most of the amenities I would expect to find in a small village - cafes, restaurants, shops, a bakery, medical facilities, churches, a fire station, a garden center, a community center, a small beach,

even a cobbler's shop (I did not see a supermarket).

There are a few modest homes and newer condos along the streets near the shops

but homes nearer to Magnolia Bluff are more elegant and many have alley access. This area has sidewalks, curbs, underground utilities and garbage and recyclables appear to be picked up from the alleys.

Walking down 32nd Avenue, I passed under Howe, noticing a stairway up to the street.

Continuing on, I came to a Seattle Public Utility pump station. A path next to it lead to a small beach with a few parking spots.

This area is home to Magnolia Lutheran Church,

a Morman Church (LDS Seattle 1st Ward),

Ascension Episcopal Church,

Fire Station Number 41

and the Magnolia Recreation Center.

I passed many fit looking, well groomed people in the village, dog walkers, gardeners, tradesmen, builders, walkers, bicyclists and young women walking with young children. One small boy asked about my walking stick and looked pretty skeptical when I told him it was to help me balance on uneven surfaces. (I suspect he wanted me to say that I hit things with it.)

I saw a Magnolia Historical Society plaque,

great views,

beautiful gardens,

impressive homes

and trees painted on a fence.

This was a wonderful walk to mark my half way point.

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