|First Stop in Woodenville, Loved the Tasting Room|
|Most important part is you can get Lavender Ice Cream Here. Blue Bell can not even come close....|
|A total feel good environment|
|The Bees were very busy, I think they were all high on the Lavender|
|Just waiting their turn|
|These rows recently harvested.|
|My first IKEA experience, a Brilliant way to get all the stuff in 1 stop.|
|Just need a few things|
|Salty's in West Seattle for Lunch|
|From a different time but you can still experience it at the Wooden Boat Center|
|A pre-Birth Lunch!|
All Around Seattle: Woodinville, Renton, West Seattle, Freemont, Queen Ann, Belltown, and Even Bellvue
Seattle is divided up by old time neighborhoods. It was to far to walk through the woods to the downtown shopping district so each of the communities around Seattle developed their own downtown or shopping district. Our neighborhood equals the area we can walk to which is Belltown, Lower Queen Ann, South South Lake Union, and Downtown. We have experienced by car Woodinville, South Renton, First Hill, Ballard, West Seattle, and Freemont.
you can tell from the photos above. Salty's would be good any time of day I am sure but sitting out in the Sunshine was the best.
We then drove to Alki Beach. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=445 we just stayed a little while just to get the feel. There were people out on their paddle boards in swimsuits and Bikini's, some wading or kayaking in the water, and I wondered what the water temps were. I heard they were around 60 degrees F a bit cool for me, I like it at least 70 F. The sand was fine grannuals of rock. There are a couple of other beaches but it was time to get to the Grocery store and back to Seattle.
We hardly get the car out of the garage, just to run errands for our daughter and baby Drew or make the unusual excursion outside of our neighborhood. We spent $200-300 per month for fuel in Texas when we lived there and now just 1 fill up per month, about $50.
Lower Queen Ann has a Safeway, Radio Shack, Bartells drugs and a Metropoliton Market in walking distance. We walk up there frequently for something. The Best thing in Lower Queen Ann is the Seattle Center just a few blocks away and there is always something free and fun to do up there. Lots of cultural festivals, free concerts, and other unique events, we are really lucky to live so close to this resource. Of course it was the site of the World's Fair and just recently I had a chance to go up the Space Needle with Jake and Jenny!
Lots of high rise Condo Buildings, cool restaurants, bars, and the very nice Seattle Arts Museum's Sculpture Gardens where again just a couple of blocks away is another venue where there are lots of fine free events of art, music, and dancing. The Water front is also just three blocks down the Hill where there all sorts of seaside things to see and do. I just like walking along this area as there is always plenty of boat traffic to watch and a cool inner city Marina. Myrtle Edwards Park http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=311 is just below the Sculpture Garden and is part of a city wide Hike and Bike trail. The trail along this section goes a couple of miles along Elliot Bay (South Puget Sound) and wraps around the Port where some commercial shipping and the Cruise ships have their docks. This is where a Russian Vodka titan has parked his 440' Private Yacht Serena. We saw lots of huge private yachts in Florida but none larger than 150'. This is pretty incredible to see up close. The local government is trying to change the state laws to make it cheaper for these Super Yachts to stay longer in Seattle. This Yacht is spending about $93,000 per day just to keep the boat at the docks, maintenance etc. The yacht will have to pay some hefty fees if it stays beyond 60 days so there is a bill pending now to change that law to 180 days. The local merchants will cry if they leave at the end of the 60 day period!
South Lake Union
Well there are several things to do in South Lake Union like Eat an Incredible Breakfast at Portage Bay but The Wooden Boat Center is there so that is why I make several walking trips to Lake Union each week.
The biggest draw is of course Pike's Market where you can just forget about going to any commercial chain grocery and just stock up here. This is where we bought the Chorizo, tortillas, beans, salsa, jalapenos, and pico de gallo for some Migas I made for a breakfast and a Dinner recently. The Seattle Symphony is Downtown where the Admiral and I have already attended three different orientations to volunteer in three different areas for the symphony and all the events held there. Our first gig is this Sunday at The Sound Bridge which is a outreach for the children of Seattle.