Friday, April 4, 2014

South Beacon Hill

My gardening-loving pal and I preceded today's walk with a stop at the Tinh Xa Hue Minh Vietnamese Buddhist Temple (we could smell incense). The temple had a serious fire but we met a monk who invited us to return any Sunday when it is open.  On the walk, We enjoyed gardens as we walked 7.4 miles in the South Beacon Hill neighborhood. We noted quite a few tulips in bloom between Beacon Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Way.

Most of the area is residential with schools and a few businesses and the Rainier Beach light rail station on MLK Jr Way.

We did pass the large Thistle P-Patch along MLK Jr Way, under the power transmission towers.

The area has some steep hills and the western portion borders on I-5. It is noisy due to traffic and airplanes. The eastern portion has views of Lake Washington (this one is from Wing Luke Elementary School - pictured in a prior post).

The area between 38th and 39th just north of Beacon Avenue looked as if it were being prepared for new view housing.

Just north of this area, we spotted signs for Another Future Healthy Forest.

Along the way, we passed the lovely grounds and building of the former African American Academy (now Van Asselt Elementary),

some large yards and skinny houses near I-5,

a pig on a porch,

an artistic weather vane

and a living entry arch.

This walk was a workout but the day was nice and the company enjoyable.

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