Saturday, April 7, 2018

March 2018 Teasing Spring in Seattle

March 2018 Teasing Spring in Seattle

After one of those winters that others think always occurs in Seattle we were ready for Spring, Especially after returning from our Texas trip. The days would bounce from a almost spring day to back to winter type temps and rain. March constantly teasing that Spring was here. Everything started to bloom and started to look like Spring was emerging but no early Spring this year. We now make weekly or bi-weekly trips by ferry to Eagle Harbor to enjoy the Island and complete boat projects in anticipation of the Real Spring.



The day after we returned from Texas our son-in-law treated us to tickets to a Sounders VS Los Angeles FC match. 

The Sounders lost 0-1 but it was obvious the new kids on the block had a great team and a great coach.
See The Band: https://youtu.be/_HBNhFz9rug

The boat project for March was removing the Dutchman system and installing a a Mack Pack. It takes two to install the Lazy Jacks so I hired a dock neighbor to install the cheek blocks just above the spreaders.

All done. A great DIY project, he Mack Pack will make raising and lowering and stowing the main a lot easier. 

On our walk to the grocery store we discover the Amazon Banana stand, free bananas for everyone. Amazon was having a employee meeting at Key Arena. Scores of buses were lined up ready to take them all back to the South Lake union campus. 

Wow, a new huge Dry Dock just arrived, pretty cool to see the submersible ship.Always cool stuff to see in Elliot Bay on the Ferry ride to Bainbridge Island

Zhen Hua must specialize in shipping big stuff, this is the second one of their ships I have seen bringing in unusual cargo.


Walking at Fort Ward is of of our favorite spots great views of the Olympics.
Evidently there is some  Blue Heron migration.


The Labyrinth



So you choose your chant while turning the prayer wheel 9 times, very powerful experience.


Great swing for meditation.

The view from the swing.

Spreading Peace and Love to you!


This guy observes your meditation.

By the time you make it to the middle you are cleansed!

How sharp was your surveyor, ours found this cracked sail slide and included it on the survey report. About a 15 minute job ripping the old out and sewing the new in. Fortunately I recently learned about seam ripping tools and so gettin ghte old out was a lot easier than before.  

Heading East on the Ferry made the Sunset last a long time. 

Wow, the ship was slowly submerging to offload the dry dock.

Arriving Seattle and we still have a sunset!

Spring means Cherry Blossoms at the University of Washington

The local news said the blossoms were full but not quite yet. The Asian community shows up big time for the blossom.


Pink Magnolias we learned.
Well it just so happened to be First Thursday so free Museum day. This Univ. of Wash museum was all about social justice, historical social awareness and tolerance. 

One interesting piece on the wall had an everyday photograph, the label besides the photograph had a long synopsis regarding the photo, and inside all those words were these:
"Your presence is contingent on your absence elsewhere."
You were not allowed to take photos in this section of the museum so I took the one above to go with the quotation.

We had to stop at the Captains Nautical Store over in Ballard for some Puget Sound charts. Well I was surprised to see my book on the shelve of this iconic Seattle store. 

We make weekly and sometimes bi-weekly visits to Eagle Harbor to do projects on the boat. Looking from Pocket beach in Seattle, Eagle harbor is to the right of the sunset about mid-picture.






We are looking forward to our move to Shillshole Marina so when we are over in Ballard we drive over to take our walks along Shillshole Bay and Golden Gardens Park.





On our walk back to Shillshole I took pics of this racer hosting his boat back onto his trailer.



With a electric motorized hand truck they simply  move there racers back to the storage lot.

When we first moved to Seattle our son-in-law pointed out the Amazon building he started work in when he first came to Seattle on 2nd Avenue downtown.

 I wanted to get a picture of it before it was knocked down for a high rise. Just really a few short years from this single building to the sprawling Amazon campus that now reached from the southern edge of Downtown to South Lake Union.

I think this might have been the very first Amazon Building when they were just an online bookstore. I Googled "Amazon's 1st headquarters" and I found this so maybe it is? Jeff Bezos story is very interesting, check it out.