Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Chores brought me downtown, yesterday, so I decided to fill in streets along the periphery of the business district. I walked 8 miles to and from the bus and my chores, along the waterfront and near Yesler.

It was a summer day but, before 10 AM,  clouds (or maybe it was fog) enveloped the tops of many of the taller buildings.

Just north of Yesler, I observed lots of King County buildings (with connecting bridges), the courthouse and many bails bond storefronts.

I noted a undeveloped hillside and walked up to look at the Goat Hill Giving Garden which is an educational garden maintained by King County employees and neighbors.

Nearby is a memorial to erected by the Homeless Remembrance Project; the leaves on the sidewalk under the tree contain the names of homeless men and women who have died.

Near Pioneer Square, I noted an intersection at Cherry where the traffic lights were timed so that all cars stopped at the same time and pedestrians walking in all directions crossed at the same time.

I passed a green space.

Nearby was the fountain at Prefontaine Place that was donated to the city by Msgr. F. X. Prefontaine.

Along the waterfront, I observed lots of tourists, the Colman Ferry Dock, Ivar's on Pier 54, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, the Argosy cruise dock, the Seattle Aquarium, Waterfront Park (where, in 1896, the first regularly scheduled steamer arrived from the Orient and marked the birth of Seattle as an international port),

and Pier 57 where I admired the new ferris wheel and went inside to see the carousel, taxidermy animals and the rat pack.

Other sights included a mounted police officer letting a daycare group admire his horse, the new downtown Target store (called City), the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Post Alley, Harbor Steps, a "Waterfront Seattle" arch,

an Indian carving small totem poles,

a Seattle Pedicab,

the wall of gum outside the Market Theatre

and art on a fence surrounding a construction site. These pieces are self portraits by John Fleming and are made from traffic signs and test panels.

This walk included new discoveries and old favorites.

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