Monday, July 2, 2012

East Queen Anne

I was rewarded with spectacular views, today, as I walked 6.7 miles along the streets of East Queen Anne. I walked streets from Halladay to Blaine between Warren and Taylor Avenues N.

This is a well-kept residential area due north of Seattle Center and just a few blocks from the restaurants and shops on Queen Anne Avenue. It has lovely views of Lake Union and Lake Washington beyond. The Space Needle often popped into view as I walked south.

Most of my walk was not too hilly but there was a steep drop-off down to Aurora Avenue on the eastern edge. I observed stairways and paths down into the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt and a bridge over a steep ravine.

I saw dog walkers, walkers, a little girl swinging in a tree swing, gardeners, trades people and lots of kids at the East Queen Anne Playground.

This area is home to John Hay Elementary School (which occupies two city blocks and appears to have been renamed Queen Anne Elementary),

the Queen Anne P-Patch Community Garden (which was pretty busy), Queen Anne Manor (pictured in a prior post),

All Saints Church,

beautiful streets

and impressive homes.

The most impressive home was not the largest or the one with the best view; it was the Brian Coleman House on Nob Hill between Newton and Crockett. Inscribed on the turret of this lovingly restored Victorian are the words "Quo Amplius Eo Amplius" (according to Wikipedia, this means "something more beyond plenty" and is apocryphally credited to Borges, House on Nob Hill in an unauthorized Morgenstern translation around 1962).

Along the way, I saw Lola's fancy dog house,

A Washington State shape sculpture,

a moth trap,

a tile turtle

and a bench with a great view.

Another rewarding walk and another great Seattle neighborhood.

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