November 4, 2016
September 17, 2014
It’s hard to find something to say every day in this blog, and so I will invest in a day of quiet — Wordless Wednesdays. Instead of words and quotes, I will practice expanding my point of view by taking 12 different photographs of an object. I got the idea for this practice/exercise from Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing by Mick Maslen and Jack Southern. I think it will be challenging and interesting to find less obvious angles as I wield my camera. See what you think.
September 14, 2014
September 5, 2014
“What is there to get up for in the morning? The answer is a simple one: we get up in the morning, go through one more boring or difficult, exciting or exhausting, restless or depressing day, in order to discover one more thing about life.”.
— Joan Chittister, Welcome to the Wisdom of the World
What will I discover today?
What did you discover yesterday?
August 30, 2014
July 13, 2014
“Mid-July comes and the palette of blossoms shifts to hotter colors, as if in their vividness they were reflecting the sun.”
— Verlyn Klinkenborg, More Scenes from the Rural Life
I saw some evidence of vibrancy in the flower fields at Jello Mold Farm this past week. The deep reds and oranges of the crocosmia, poppies, and sneezeweed glowed in their jeweled presence. And the sunny yellow sunflowers were starting to burst into bloom.
July 3, 2014
“But most of these far walks have been taken just for the joy of walking in the free air.”
— John Finley, “Traveling Afoot,” from The Joys of Walking, ed. Edwin Valentine
“Increasingly, walking itself became a source of happiness, something to be enjoyed in its own right, bringing an intensity of experience and a sensual awareness of surroundings that grew more addictive by the miles.”
— Nick Hunt, Walking the Woods and the Water
At this point in my multi-day project of encircling the periphery of Seattle, I no longer questioned why I was walking these segments. I simply enjoyed the journey. I was especially looking forward to this day’s walk because I knew I would have Puget Sound in sight almost the entire day. I was reminded of how beautiful Seattle’s location is, with distant mountains to the west (the Olympics) and to the east (the Cascades) and the gentle waves of Puget Sound lapping its shores.
I started my walk from the Barton Street Pea Patch at the intersection of Barton Street SW and 35th Avenue SW.
I followed Barton Street west and downhill to the sound. The Fauntleroy ferry was disgorging cars and passengers. It would have been a lovely day for a ferry ride to Vashon Island, but I stuck with my plan to walk.
I followed Fauntleroy Avenue SW to Lincoln Park, a heavily wooded space with playground, picnic tables, and below the bluff, a beach with paved walking and biking path. Families, joggers, and dog-watchers enjoyed the beach.
From Lincoln Park I headed north on Beach Drive where I was separated from the beach by a row of waterfront residences. As I approached Alki Beach, I discovered a set of 27 constellations embedded the sidewalk, West Seattle’s own “Avenue of the Stars.”
Beach Drive turned into Alki Avenue. The point here was the original landing spot of the Denny Party, Seattle’s first white settlers, in 1851. Later they relocated across the Sound to establish Seattle on the shores of Elliott Bay. Today the beach is one of the city’s favorite recreation spots, especially on summer days.
Alki Avenue turned into Harbor Avenue SW and now the views over the water took in the Seattle skyline.
The next stretch of my walk took me away from the relaxing beachfront and back into the city’s industrial area. Pedestrians are prohibited on the West Seattle Bridge, but I had access to a nice bike trail across Harbor Island on an older, lower bridge. I passed over the Duwamish River, and Mount Rainier gleamed hugely and whitely on the horizon.
My final trek was along East Marginal Way South past the shipping docks. The Starbucks headquarters punctuated the skyline in the SODO (south of Downtown) neighborhood. I passed an historical marker near 2225 E marginal Way S on the spot of the world’s very first gasoline service station (1907). Who knew that Seattle played a role in this part of our country’s driving history!
I ended my walk at the downtown ferry terminal.
Total walking distance: about 12 miles