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Posted By Robin & Jim

Just a short 7 miles from Seattle is Blake Island State Park - a great place to stop for some hiking and walking.  It's about 5 miles in circumference, heavily wooded, with some mooring balls and a breakwater and docks.  There's also an Indian Big House that is home to a cultural show and lunch or dinner for tourists who are brought out by boat from Seattle. 

Mid-week in the fall is a nice time to enjoy the park, and the black-tailed deer population seemed to enjoy the quiet. (We did too!)

deer

Bird watching continues to be very good, with some surf scoters, loons, and hooded mergansers keeping us company.

hooded merganser

We enjoyed hiking through the woods and around the island, trying to erase some of the calories from Jim's bakery stops in various towns.  I love the smell of the fall leaves and the sound they make when you walk through them.

We arrived at a marina right in the heart of downtown Seattle on Sunday and met up with long-time friend Steve and his lovely wife Anne - we both knew Steve from our computer security days.  They gave us a grand overview of Seattle, and we particularly liked the Olympic Sculpture Garden and view of Mt. Rainier.  We look forward to seeing them again.

We had a few days of beautiful weather and clear skies, and we wanted to take advantage of the views so we went up the Space Needle and got the big picture: the mountains and the city and the water - something for everyone!  (Mt. Rainier is in the far distance.) 

space needle view

It was perfect fall weather for exploring - crisp and cool.  We liked the artsy feel of the city, and checked out a few galleries and the Art Museum (great exhibit about Peru).  The Public Library was a great building, with creative touches on every floor and a vivid neon green escalator.  So much of the city  has a funky, artistic feel... what's not to like?

blue trees

It was certainly interesting being in a city on Halloween.  People watching is always fun, but on Halloween it was genuinely hard to tell if some people were wearing a costume, or if they normally dressed that way.  We saw a lot of that!  I think living on the water must keep us a bit "sheltered". 

No visit to Seattle would be complete without checking out the famous Pike Place Market.  We loved seeing the colorful fresh flowers, seafood, spices, and veggies.

pike place market

The view right from our marina was terrific, and we will definitely return to explore more of the city.


 
1 Comment(s):
Bob Dein said...
Congrats on the weather. We've been there a few times - always clear.
November 12, 2013 11:32 AM
 
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