and Arroyos Beach Place where I spotted a small private beach
and, possibly, another stand of Madrona trees.
Climbing back up the hill, I came to a scenic stretch of Marine View Drive and spotted a point where the utility wires went from overhead to underground.
Along the way, I chatted with a friendly resident who praised the neighborhood and said that people move in and stay. Some of the houses were on the water and many were on large lots and/or had great views. I saw an amazing tree,
a dog watering station, courtesy of Delsey the Wonder Dog,
some great gardens,
lots of overhead wires (but only on certain streets)
and the point where the southern segment (not connected to that north of Thistle) of California Avenue ends.
I'm starting to expect spectacular views and Arbor Heights delivers.
When I got to North Admiral, today, I realized that I had forgotten my camera. In this post, I will try to verbally describe the area. I walked 7.8 miles along streets north of Walker. Most of the streets were east of California but I included a few streets west of California north of Atlantic. Except for Harbor Avenue and the corner of California and Walker, this area is residential and pretty hilly; it includes a ravine.
I would have taken pictures of Admiral Congregational United Church, California Place Park, a house with a matching birdhouse out front, a lovely lavender colored house with a porch and white wicker accessories, raised vegetable beds in a parking strip and some lovely homes and great views.
There are quite a few condos/apartments/townhomes along California and the Park West Skilled Senior Center is also on California. At its southernmost point, California Avenue just seems to end but here in the north, it wraps around the tranquil Hamilton Viewpoint Park before veering downhill through a treed area and merging into Harbor Avenue. I noted quite a few people in their vehicles, relaxing and enjoying the view from the park. There is a plaque honoring the Genesee Hill Garden Club for their park beautification project.
On Harbor Avenue, I passed Seacrest Park with its fishing pier, Hawaiian/Korean restaurant, kayak/bike rental and Water Taxi dock. At the entry to the fishing pier, I spotted a plaque dedicated to the Tengu Club. This stretch of Harbor Avenue houses newer condos/apartments, Pacific Institute and a few older cottages - one with a nautical motif and a totem pole outside, another with a more zen feel and a rear garden going up a steep hillside.
I spotted scuba divers on the rocky beach and noted dedication plaques by benches along a park walkway.
At the intersection of Harbor and California, I saw a SDOT employee counting traffic flow (not sure if it was cars, bikes or pedestrians or all of them).
There was a negative low tide today and I got to Alki Beach Park when the tide was going out.
I took pictures of a few landmarks I had missed yesterday including the Alki Bathhouse
and a 1/18th size replica of the Statue of Liberty. The Boy Scouts of America gave the original replica to the city in 1952; it was recast in 2004 and the new pedestal and the plaza (Statue of Liberty Plaza) were dedicated in 2008.
By the time I reached Constellation Park Marine Reserve, the tide was probably at its lowest and I couldn't resist being one of the people of all ages who were joining a naturalist on the beach. I spotted jellyfish, starfish, moon snail egg casings and even a crab.
Tearing myself away from the tide pools, I returned to Beach Drive SW and found myself at the 63rd Pump Station where I came across a sculpture which could not compare to the sea life I had just observed.
Proceeding on to Cormorant Cove Park, I had a good view of the stilts supporting the Harbor West Condos.
Next I passed Andover Place Public Shoreline Access
before arriving at Weather Watch Park where a monument offers educational information about weather words and the history of the area and the park.
Across Beach Drive, I spotted La Rusica Restaurant.
I zigged and zagged my way back to Alki Avenue, walking along streets, some flat and some quite hilly (I noted a few staircases). Homes near the tops of the hills had views and looked expensive. Homes on the flats appeared more modest and, once I was a block away from the water, I felt I could have been in many Seattle neighborhoods. Small cottages were being replaced by multiplexes but there were still comfortable looking older homes.
and the Log House Museum (open Thursday to Sunday from 12-4). A short history, posted on the porch, states that the original settlers wanted to make this area a big city and named it New York. The word Alki (meaning "by and by") was added when they realized that would take a long time. When the settlers moved to what is now downtown Seattle, this area became a vacation spot and was known as theConey Island of the West.
My 2010 goal was to walk every public street in the city of Seattle. Four years and 2,722 miles completed the goal. A list of some of my favorite discoveries and an index of walks by neighborhood can be found in the March 2015 posts and in the very bottom post June 8, 2010.
In 2022, I decided to revisit some neighborhoods to observe their changes. See these meandering walks at http://walkingseattleagain.blogspot.com