Hometown Tourist: Three Long Walks from Capitol Hill to Fremont, Alki Beach, and the Ballard Locks

A card carrying Eagle

So far this summer I’ve been spending most of my time catching up on my reading, playing softball, and exploring the city on a series of long walks.  These are some photographs from the walks with more at this link to my Flickr page.

6.5 miles took me from Capitol Hill to Fremont.  I stopped at Bruce Lee’s grave site in Lakeview Park, adjacent to Volunteer Park, and then at Gasworks after walking across the University Bridge and along Lake Union.

Lake Union Boat Storage

Gasworks Park

The next long walk was 8.6 miles to Alki Beach.  Katlin joined me for this one, with the promise of a beer and burritos at the end of it.  We started downtown and then headed south along the waterfront, and then on to the Elliot Bay Trail which takes pedestrians underneath the West Seattle Bridge and around to Alki Beach.  We gorged ourselves on burritos and then waddled back to the catch the water taxi across Elliot Bay back to downtown Seattle.

The Duwamish River almost looking clean

Alki Beach Volleyball Tournament

Duwamish Eagle Nest

The third long walk was 7.3 miles to the Ballard Locks.  This time of the year the annual sockeye salmon run occurs and thousands of sockeye come in from Puget Sound into Lake Union and Washington via the fish ladders at the Ballard Locks.  There were tons of the 3-5 lbs fish on view, making this fisherman giddy for the salmon fishing I’ll inevitably get into later this summer.  I find the salmon fascinating animals.  They might be my favorite animal of all.  Their annual returning to spawn and die in the same creeks where they were born never fails to impress me, and I make a point every November of sharing it with my students during a short field trip to Ballard’s Carkeek Park to witness the Coho and silver salmon run there.

1975 Hyrdroplane

Ballard Locks Sockeye